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Rochester small businesses deserve truth in lending (access required)

Here in Rochester, small businesses are doing all they can to stay afloat during the pandemic, changing their product offerings and taking out loans. Unfortunately, too many small businesses are still in the dark on the true cost of predatory ...

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Profits uber alles: Milton Friedman on business, Disney and Mulan (access required)

Fifty years ago, in September 1970, the prominent economist Milton Friedman famously argued that the social responsibility of business was to increase its profits. This was a remarkable statement because it suggested very plainly that corporate executives did not really ...

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How much information is enough? (access required)

Do we really need to know how many calories there are in the bag of popcorn that we just purchased while proceeding to a movie theatre? Do we really benefit by knowing how much time Uncle Sam thinks it should ...

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NY pharmacies depend on the state’s supply chain partnership (access required)

Since its peak in April, New York’s number of new COVID-19 cases has declined significantly, the figure ticking downward throughout the month of June. However, our state’s fight against COVID-19 is far from over, and our long-term recovery demands renewed ...

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Local students leading discussion on change, social issues (access required)

“You only understand people if you feel them in yourself.” — John Steinbeck When faced with racism, a non-racist stays silent. Anti-racists, because they feel the inflicted inhumanity themselves, call people up (not out) to model mutual respect and human ...

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Government needs to save Upstate’s hospitality industry (access required)

Family vacations and restaurant date nights are among the many hospitality industry pastimes not likely to “return to normal” even as Upstate enters into phase 4 of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s planned reopening for the Finger Lakes Region. The economic impact ...

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Old principles for today’s police (access required)

We have all watched the events of the last few weeks unfold with high emotion. It started with George Floyd being stopped for, allegedly, passing a counterfeit $20. We know what happened next. The horrifying nine-minute video speaks volumes about ...

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Guest Opinion: Unfairness in society matters more than inequality (access required)

Even though the United States likes to think of itself as an exceptional nation, several aspects of this exceptionalism are completely uninspiring. For instance, even though many Americans without a college degree die every year from drug addiction, this scourge ...

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Impact of ACEs needs to be understood in all aspects of society

As the story of COVID-19 unfolds and we see the impact on families and communities across the country, there is a closely woven thread connecting Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the effect on physical and emotional health outcomes. ACEs are ...

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New York state businesses key to defeating COVID-19 and reopening economy (access required)

While President Trump and governors across the country may disagree on the timetable and best way to reopen our economy, areas where nearly everyone is in agreement are the need for widescale testing, the development of effective treatments and vaccines, ...

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Commencements ‘undeniably different’ in the era of coronavirus (access required)

I’ve told my friends and family for the 20 years that I have been a college professor that my unqualified favorite day of the year is commencement. At the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School, the commencement ceremony is held ...

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The rise of market mavens during COVID-19 pandemic (access required)

The impact of COVID-19 on business operations has been devastating, at the very least. With social distancing being the new norm, businesses need to find more creative ways to reach their customers and market their products and services. However, with ...

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