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Rick Doyle

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U-B Editor: If it's local, it leads

One of the most difficult things for readers to understand is why certain stories or photos end up on front page — or why they didn’t make front page.

Readers to pick year's top stories

Time keeps moving on and once again it is time for readers to rank the Top 10 stories of the year. This is the 21st year we have had readers decide on the most important stories. We have kept the descriptions short so we could include as many stories as possible. If there is a story you feel strongly about that isn’t on this list, please add it to the bottom where it says “Others” and give it your ranking.

Time to pick top stories of 2012

It’s amazing how many important and interesting things can be crammed into a year.

Lot of variety in Top 10 ballot

The number of days in a year doesn't change (except for Leap Year), but every year the months seem to go by faster. It is already time for readers to cast your ballots for the Top 10 stories of the year.This is the 19th year we have had re

Paper aims to balance need to know, privacy

Suicide. Few words can rip out the heart of a family like this one. Death is always an emotional time, but the turmoil and mental anguish surrounding this act hits family members and friends like a Mike Tyson blow to the midsection. They can't breathe. Th

Vote for Top 10 stories of 2010

Once again the calendar has rolled toward the end of the year and it's time for the 18th annual ranking by readers of the Top 10 stories of the year.Each year it gets harder and harder to keep the number of possibilities to a manageable level. This year t

Serious allegations, thorough reporting play into timing of story

It would be hard to find any local election that has generated the interest and concern that have surrounded the race for Walla Walla County sheriff.It is not uncommon in hotly contested races for allegations to be made. Until recently in the sheriff's ra

Winning comics net 1,000-plus votes

Two comic strips that deal with the ups and downs of life -- For Better or Worse and The Born Loser -- were the big winners in the balloting to expand the Union-Bulletin's comics page.

EDITOR - Coming soon to this space: Comics of your choice

Problem-solving is one of the most interesting facets of being an editor. At times it's like working on a jigsaw puzzle without any picture to go by.

Changing times call for shift in comics

I used to wonder what would possess an editor to wade deeply into the treacherous waters of syndicated comic strips. Why would anyone voluntarily risk the possible ire of readers who have become accustomed to reading certain comics day after day and year

Top 10 dominated by economic issues

It's always interesting to see how readers rank the importance of stories. For 2009, the message brought back the old political slogan loud and clear: It's the economy, stupid.This is the 17th year readers have weighed in on how they saw the situation. T

It's time to vote for Top 10 stories

I keep thinking that one of these days the year will go by a little slower. I can’t believe another year is just about in the books.

Are we caring for our vets? With your help, the Union-Bulletin aims to find out

Recent stories in the Union-Bulletin and newspapers across the country have chronicled the ``unexpected'' financial shortfall in the Department of Veterans Affairs' health-care programs.The revelation of a $2.5 billion hole for 2005 and 2006 had politicia