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Reducing uncertainty when village voters consider dissolution

Several proposals to dissolve village boundaries were on the ballot last week. Voters in the villages of Malone in Franklin County and Chaumont in Jefferson County both rejected the idea. The Wayne County village of Lyons embraced it, although by ...

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Is income redistribution in the U.S. excessive?

In contemporary times-and especially in this election year-there has been a lot of debate on whether the U.S. tax system leads to excessive redistribution.   Those on the right love to point to findings that show the top 1 percent ...

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RRPC demonstrates the power of ‘co-opetition’

Many industries are coping with the effects of the struggling U.S. economy. Thankfully, the need for precision optics manufactured in the United States, especially in the Rochester area, shows that there is some light at the end of the tunnel. ...

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Business succession requires careful planning

As most readers of this publication know, one of the most remarkable family-business success stories-the nation’s premier maker of pasta sauces-was born in Rochester.   LiDestri Foods is a tale of two families. Founded in 1975, Cantisano Foods grew significantly ...

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Area apple growers weather calamitous conditions

Farming has always been a daunting enterprise. The work is hard and the hours are long. In addition to all the typical production and marketing obstacles faced by other business operators, there is the uncertainty posed by the weather. The ...

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When closure found the small firm down the hall

Closure came to the people in the office down the hall last week, and it wasn’t a pleasant experience for any of us. The final couple of weeks were highlighted by the afternoon when four guys showed up with a ...

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