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Tide not to blame

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Several deaths and an increase in calls to poison control centers have been connected to the Tide Pods challenge, which involves people—usually teenagers and young adults—biting or ingesting the laundry detergent pods and posting video of said act online. In ...

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NAFTA withdrawal hurts NY

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Business Roundtable released a 50-state economic analysis this week that shows the effects of terminating the North American Free Trade Agreement and re-imposing tariffs on exports and imports. Not surprisingly, despite the Trump administration’s rhetoric about the agreement, abandoning NAFTA ...

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Opioid plan is a start (access required)

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The opioid epidemic has grown steadily worse since the turn of the century, and it shows no sign of slowing down. Municipalities across the country are struggling with how to address this deadly drug, with mixed results. Monroe County on ...

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N.Y. needs bag fees (access required)

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It is obvious that single-use bags—especially plastic ones—handed out by grocery stores, restaurants and other retailers are bad for the environment. A six-member task force was convened last year to research and recommend a way to reduce their impact. The ...

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Businesses vocal on immigration

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With the stock market at record highs and a tax reform bill set to save them millions (if not billions) of dollars, businesses across the country have several reasons to be happy with Donald Trump’s presidency so far. However, there ...

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Cuomo’s agenda ambitious

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave his State of the State address Wednesday, laying out his agenda for 2018. In short, the agenda is ambitious, putting him at odds with some very powerful groups in the state and nationally. As is usually ...

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Tax bill a missed chance

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Now that President Trump’s promised tax reform bill has passed both the House and Senate, more informed analyses are coming out based on what actually ended up in the final bill. As you might expect, there is disagreement depending on who is putting the analysis together, but there are several conclusions that seem indisputable.

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From startup to benefactor (access required)

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The story of Austin McChord and Datto is a feel-good tale from start to sale. McChord founded the data-protection company before he graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology. This week, having sold the company to Vista Equity Partners, McChord donated $50 million to the university that nurtured his idea. McChord, who said his “success today would not have been possible without my time at RIT,” designated the money to help encourage creativity and entrepreneurship and to boost the university’s study of cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.

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‘Time’ gets it right

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Time magazine says that its Person of the Year award goes to the person, group, idea or object that “for better or for worse … has done the most to influence the events of the year.” With that as the ...

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Green job growth

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A new report from the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority shows that clean energy can help the economy as well as the environment. According to the 2017 New York Clean Energy Industry Report, clean energy jobs increased ...

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Celebrating new leaders (access required)

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In order for any community to thrive, it is crucial that its most successful members give back: with their time, their expertise and their money. Fortunately, Rochester has always been a community with strong philanthropic leaders, but there’s no guarantee ...

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Monroe County deserves assistance (access required)

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday declared Lake Ontario’s shoreline a disaster area, allowing federal funds to be used to help the area recover from flooding that took place earlier this year. The designation allows state, local and tribal governments—and some nonprofit groups—to apply for federal money for emergency work and to repair or replace damaged facilities. Six shoreline counties in New York qualified for the assistance—Jefferson, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence and Wayne. Monroe and Cayuga counties, however, were not deemed eligible.

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NY still needs changes

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Voters in New York overwhelmingly rejected a Constitutional Convention on Tuesday. That is not a huge surprise, given the confusion surrounding how a convention would work and the organized opposition campaign waged against the prospect. And there were legitimate reasons for voters to be concerned about the idea of a Constitutional Convention. Many people argued that a convention would just consist of the same career politicians who are already entrenched in Albany, thus limiting the possibility for real change.

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Help families in need (access required)

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The economy, both locally and nationally, has made huge strides since the Great Recession. However, there are still many people in our community who are struggling to make ends meet, and the holidays can be an especially difficult time for them. Rochester has always been a generous community, and no doubt you and your company already do something to help those in need. If you don’t, please consider finding a way to help out this year. Even if you do, examine whether you can afford to be doing more, financially or with your time.

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