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Reporter Tim Sheehan's stories today about lessons learned from high-speed rail in Spain come at a critical juncture, when the debate about bullet trains in California is about to reach the Legislature.
We in the newspaper business make our living communicating, but when it comes to explaining ourselves, we have long fallen short.
My 81-year-old parents were visiting from Virginia and my father and I were reading the paper at the breakfast table. My mother, who has macular degeneration and has trouble reading, asked what was in the news.
What makes a story worth the front page? And what stories should never get front page consideration?