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Major downturn not likely but best to prepare anyway

I’m no Cassandra.  I’m a realist who started his career in the mid-1980s and has experienced many economic cycles.  The recent divergence between the economy’s performance and markets around the world reminded me of a column I wrote for the ...

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Should we abolish the mortgage interest tax deduction? (access required)

  In the current climate in which federal budget deficits are the rule rather than the exception, the question as to whether we should retain or eliminate the mortgage interest tax deduction keeps coming up. Proponents and opponents of the ...

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Software is leading the way in Rochester

It’s a great time to be in the software space in Rochester.  The “help wanted” signs are cluttering the digital storefront.  Experienced developers are company hopping and folks with business development experience as product managers, marketing pros and salespeople are ...

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Taxes and caps on carbon work differently but calibrating them poses same challenge

Virtually everything most people on earth do these days involves, either directly or indirectly, the combustion of oil, gas and coal. Burning these fossil fuels is generating carbon emissions, which accumulate in the atmosphere, contributing to global warming. Since climate change ...

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George Eastman understood importance of music (access required)

  In 1920, George Eastman was a busy man. After creating one of the greatest technology companies, he directed his talent and energy to making Rochester into a world class city. This was the period when he relocated the University ...

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Entrepreneurs appreciate healthy urban environment (access required)

Lean Start Up is the widely accepted methodology for launching entrepreneurial endeavors. It relies on a process known as “customer discovery” to determine what potential clients want, how they make decisions and what they are willing to do to obtain ...

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Misconceptions on trade, universal basic income (access required)

Americans who follow stories in the media rightly believe that income inequality within the United States has been rising in the past few decades. It is also true that during this same time, economic globalization—which involves the free movement of ...

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Plastic waste accumulating in Great Lakes (access required)

Awareness is rising worldwide about the scourge of ocean plastic pollution, from Earth Day 2018 events to the cover of National Geographic magazine. But few people realize that similar concentrations of plastic pollution are accumulating in lakes and rivers. One ...

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Trump’s trade war spells danger for U.S. (access required)

  As a lifelong Republican and a Republican County Committee member for over 50 years, I am alarmed by our president’s actions on foreign trade. His threats and statements about a trade war clearly indicate that he does not understand ...

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Cuomo needs to support prison contraband bill (access required)

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)

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)

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)

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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