The Loop

Since the Rochester Business Journal profiled Neil Burnside in the August 18 issue, two pieces of hate mail have landed on the labor leader’s desk.
Animal rights activists–or “bunny huggers,” in Burnsidespeak–apparently were angered by comments like, “My idea of a good vacation is to go somewhere and kill something.” One anonymous writer suggested that Burnside do the same: Go somewhere and kill himself, that is.
And you thought labor unions were nasty.

The Rochester-based Center for Optics Manufacturing got an endorsement in the August issue of Photonics Spectra, an optics industry trade publication. The op-ed piece lauds COM as a “bargain for taxpayers.”
Director Harvey Pollicove, a former exec in Kodak’s optics division, hopes Congress listens to these accolades. COM is asking Congress to pony up $2 million from the 1996 federal budget. But with Washington in a penny-pinching mood–and with COM hardly packing the clout of an NRA or AARP–the center needs all the help it can get.


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