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Cuomo needs to support prison contraband bill (access required)

Pam Helming

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent visit to the Great Meadow Correctional Facility highlights the need to crack down on prison contraband and improve safety. According to media reports, the governor has indicated he will release a prison reform plan in January. ...

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Professionals who return to Rochester a great asset (access required)

Richard Glaser

I moved to Rochester in 1995, making me a “transplant.” The pride for my beloved, adopted home comes from the same wellspring I see present in other transplants. We are experiencing a new phenomenon with younger adults returning to our ...

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Is Trump winning the trade war with Europe? (access required)

Amitrajeet A. Batabyal

There appears to be a cease-fire in the trade war brewing between the U.S. and the European Union. After a meeting at the White House between U.S. President Donald Trump and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the two leaders declared a temporary ...

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Longtime arthritis sufferer sold on medical marijuana (access required)

Vincenza Pannepinto

I’ve spent 80 years of my life staunchly opposed to marijuana or drugs of any sort—until my aging body became crippled with rheumatoid arthritis. For years, nothing could alleviate the symptoms that confined my once very active self into a ...

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New York can do health insurance better (access required)


Put yourself in this very real situation: a patient is dying in front of you, and she needs an expensive treatment to begin in the next few minutes. You know she doesn’t have insurance. You also know that she lives ...

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Lawsuit against American Express not necessary (access required)


In its dealings with retailers, American Express (AmEx) routinely writes into its contracts language that prohibits retailers from offering any discounts or other inducements to customers to get them to use alternate forms of payment. Ohio and 10 other states ...

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Trump disrupts longstanding, effective trade system (access required)


  Nations sell goods and services to each other because this exchange is generally mutually beneficial. It’s easy to understand that Iceland should not be growing its own oranges, given its climate. Instead, Iceland should buy oranges from Spain, which can ...

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State infrastructure investments plentiful this summer (access required)

Paul A. Karas

Big things are happening in Rochester and transportation improvements are playing a major role. Gov. Andrew Cuomo knows that transportation supports mobility, community vitality and economic growth. That’s why he’s making smart transportation investments in the Finger Lakes region and across the ...

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RIT geographer teaches refugees to map their world (access required)

Brian Tomaszewski

  I first visited the Zaatari refugee camp in early 2015. Located in northern Jordan, the camp is home to more than 80,000 Syrian refugees. I was there as part of a research study on refugee camp wireless and information ...

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The decline of coal: Should it be reversed? (access required)

Amitrajeet A. Batabyal

Americans are generally aware of the fact that the coal industry in our country is now in decline. Most of us also understand that this decline has something to do with the environmentally malign impacts of mining and using coal. ...

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New York gets message on infrastructure upgrades (access required)

Stephen Dilts

Across the country, the sixth annual National Infrastructure Week is bringing together hundreds of organizations and thousands of leaders who are uniting around one message: The future won’t wait. Neither can we. It’s #TimeToBuild. Infrastructure is also the rare bipartisan issue ...

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Once mighty Xerox in a fix with no easy way out (access required)


It is difficult to ignore the instability that surrounds Xerox and its future these days. The once prosperous tech giant faces challenges from a myriad of internal and external issues that each seem sufficient to cast doubt on any company’s ...

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Why does U.S. health care cost so much? (access required)


  It is now common knowledge that health care in the United States costs a lot more than what it costs in most of the world’s rich nations. In fact, the topic of health care reform has come up in ...

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Fight opioids by legalizing recreational marijuana (access required)


It’s no secret that New York is in the midst of a deadly opioid epidemic. From Rochester to Long Island, these narcotics are ruining lives and destroying families. I’ve spent decades serving and protecting the communities of this state as ...

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