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Right-wing extremists attack government at its foundation

I began this month’s column shortly after midnight Oct. 1, with the news media reporting on the shutdown of our government as it happened. Sadly, much of the corporate, mainstream media’s reporting prior to the shutdown and immediately after was ...

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Gasoline prices keep declining

Gasoline prices have fallen for a fourth straight week, reflecting a drop in the price of crude oil in early September. Consumers in Upstate New York metro areas are paying up to 22 cents less for a gallon of regular ...

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Only hard work wrings benefits from a merger

Five years ago, the Girl Scouts of Western New York created a new structure that brought together branches stretching across hundreds of miles of territory.   Though a merger was not an entirely new concept when the four regional branches ...

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Pending state law contains new requirements for non-profit leaders

"It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried."   –Winston Churchill   Well, I did it! I took one for my team of non-profit colleagues and board ...

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NON-PROFIT REPORT: The Greater Rochester Area Branch

The Greater Rochester Area Branch, American Association of University Women Inc. is a membership organization that promotes equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. The branch was founded in 1897 by early female graduates of the ...

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Fast Start: Taking the slow road

Benjamin Woelk, creator, co-producer and host, "Slow Road" What is "Slow Road"? "Slow Road" is a documentary travel series (and movement) that redefines the accessibility of "escape" and encourages the exploration of the Upstate and Western New York area. "Slow ...

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Fast Start: Wisdom gained in a prison’s chapel

Behind the walls of a prison, everyday life goes on.   Society views prison as a tantalizingly scary place, says Joshua Dubler, a University of Rochester assistant professor of religion. TV shows like "Orange Is the New Black" paint incarceration ...

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Business ethics is far more than an abstract philosophical concept

When you consider the phrase "business ethics," what leaps to mind?   People employed by companies with well-developed compliance and ethics programs may associate the phrase with the occasional obligatory online training courses or annual lecture they must endure on ...

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Co-worker is highly skilled at shirking work, shifting blame

"I have to work closely with another department head who seems like a nice guy but is the most difficult co-worker I’ve ever had. He takes no ownership of anything and finds ways to push his work off on everyone ...

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We come to our sporting allegiances in a variety of ways

During a recent research trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame library in Coopers-town, I made a detour to some shops on Main Street to pick up a few gifts for my new granddaughter, Camryn Marie. One of my purchases ...

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NON-PROFIT REPORT: The Ontario Children’s Foundation

The Ontario Children’s Foundation, which is 150 years old, provides funds for health care, education and recreation for children in need in Ontario County, assisting more than 200 children a year.   The organization was founded as the Ontario Orphan ...

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Good signs emerge for fans of Fed policy

Last month’s hot topic was the Fed chairmanship. For believers in the current Fed policy of bond purchases to provide support for the modestly improving economy, it’s been a good month.   First, the primary opponent of Fed easing, Larry ...

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When a company values its employees, the feeling is mutual

"With few exceptions, the commitments we make to our jobs have one of the most significant impacts on our lives."  -Sarah Lewis-Kulin, vice president and senior editor of the Great Place to Work Institute’s workplace culture website, Great Rated!   ...

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NON-PROFIT REPORT: Open Door Mission

NON-PROFIT REPORT:  Open Door Mission Inc., founded in 1952, is a Christian ministry that seeks to meet the spiritual and physical needs of impoverished and homeless people in Rochester, restoring hope and changing lives. It relies almost entirely on donations ...

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