This Week
  • DHD Ventures plans to spend $20 million to renovate two city buildings.

  • Technology and other factors have brought big changes to commercial building.

  • From Morocco, Joseph Squalli traveled far to become Rooney's Restaurant owner.

  • Gates Automotive Centers grows by connecting with customers.

  • RocMusic director Alexander Pena rallies young music makers.

  • Challenges mount for area companies that do business in Russia.


Moving forward
How transportation networks and arteries are set up can have a big impact on development and the quality of life in an urban area.

An improbable opportunity
Is it any surprise that the federal deficit has largely disappeared as a political issue?

Shared defense
Congress needs to pass legislation that allows more information sharing while ensuring strong privacy safeguards are in place.

Why Nov. 4 matters
Make no mistake, how New Yorkers cast their ballots next week could shape politics and governance in Albany for at least the next several years.

Not so smart
Prudent investment in technology for schools is not the issue. It’s the inappropriate and unwise use of long-term borrowing for this purpose.


The real risk? Worrying about the wrong things

Snap Poll

Poll: Most do not seek repeal of Obamacare
While a plurality of RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll respondents—43 percent—say the Affordable Care Act should be repealed, more than half of the poll participants do not support that move. A year ago, a slight majority favored repeal.

Snap Poll: Majority confident about retirement
Recent stock market volatility has brought concerns about retirement savings and income into sharper focus, but the majority of RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll respondents are confident that in retirement they will be able to maintain their current standard of living.

Readers grade 43North competition
RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll readers are split on the 43North competition in Buffalo as an economic development idea. More than half rated it as excellent or good, compared with 18 percent who said fair and 30 percent who said poor.

Snap Poll: Astorino leads Cuomo for governor
If the election were today, the majority of respondents to the Daily Report Snap Poll—58 percent—would vote for Astorino. Cuomo garnered 31 percent, while 8 percent favor Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins. Libertarian candidate Michael McDermott received 3 percent of the support.

Most readers oppose Proposal Three
Nearly 80 percent of RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll respondents this week oppose Proposal Three, the Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014.


High home costs hurt U.S. economy
The effects of high home prices in desirable cities on the economy are insalubrious.

Non-profits: Recruit next-generation volunteers
It’s no secret that many non-profits continue to struggle with underfunding and an overall lack of resources.

Opinion Column

Improving city schools in Rochester: a steep hill to climb
We can agree that it is unfair to have good schools in prosperous neighborhoods and bad schools in poor ones.

A lowly legume, the peanut has remarkable appeal
That is the life lesson of the peanut. It is different. It may be just a lowly bean, but it has remarkable charisma.

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