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Can Trump restore trust in government?

The usual explanations offered for the Trump earthquake of 2016 include bigotry, Russian hacking, fake news, FBI Director James Comey and xenophobia. But a pivotal factor behind Trump’s victory is that Americans have become ever more distrustful of government insiders.

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CEO optimism on the rise

There is plenty to disagree about regarding President Donald Trump and what his administration has done since he took office, but at least one thing is inarguable: CEOs like him, or at least his plans for tax reform and business regulation. 

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Readers weigh in on region’s top assets

National media often portray the Upstate New York economy in a negative light. And by some economic yardsticks, the upstate region—including Rochester—lags many other metropolitan areas.

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We all must fight hate

There is no question that hate crimes are on the rise in America. Anecdotal evidence suggested it, and statistics from police departments across the country have confirmed it.

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Don’t ask about salary

There are many reasons for the gender pay gap that exists in America, but politicians in New York and elsewhere recently have taken steps to address one issue that can prevent women from catching up to their male counterparts in pay: salary history.

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Snap Poll: Readers give views on $200 million trail

Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently proposed to spend $200 million in public money to connect Western New York, the Canadian border north of Plattsburgh and New York City with a hiking and biking trail, which he calls the Empire State Trail. Readers give their views on the proposal.

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Downtown on the move

The seeds were planted several years ago when a relatively small group of developers, working independently and at times in partnerships, decided to invest in the future of downtown Rochester.

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French candidate plots return of the franc

 If Marine Le Pen has her way, the French will soon pay for their baguettes with francs, not euros.

The presidential candidate from the anti-EU, anti-immigration National Front party is all about national sovereignty and independence.

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Stay-and-pay fallacy

The notion that New York’s high earners will simply stay and pay does not hold up under scrutiny.

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The startup gap

What’s needed for a healthy, dynamic economy is more startups than closings. Unfortunately, in many U.S. metropolitan areas this is not happening.

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