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Schools have gone soft on kids’ drinks

I’ve always considered myself average at the very least, probably above. Although modesty normally prevents me from even the slightest boasting, today I was shocked to discover I am lagging so far behind the average in one classification. I am ...

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Tariff trap

Since President George W. Bush imposed tariffs on steel imports early this month, two notable things have occurred. — First, the European Union responded by adopting steel tariffs of its own. — Second, the shares of big American steel companies ...

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New actions can spur economic growth

The effects of the World Trade Center disaster, combined with the growing national economic downturn, have created one of the greatest economic challenges in New York history. This situation has affected the Rochester region with layoffs and plant closings in ...

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Small Comfort

With its customary sense of timing, Congress last week gave final approval to a long-debated economic stimulus package amid growing evidence of recovery from a recession that some experts think never occurred. The good news is the package that President ...

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Letter to the editor: Legislators reinforce cynicism

Dear Editor: On Jan. 30, I attended, on behalf of Harbec Plastics Inc., a public hearing at Rochester City Hall. The hearing was conducted by the Assembly Standing Committee on Small Business, Assembly Committee on Ways and Means and Assembly ...

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The cost of ill will

A decade ago, this region was known nationwide for its cooperative health care system, an approach that produced low-cost, high-quality care. Today, the “Rochester model” is mentioned only in the past tense. A new Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency study ...

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Entrepreneurs often need to be ‘unwise’

Back in 1989, when I was planning to go into business for myself, I was abounding with optimism and eager to share my ideas and seek advice from people whose experience made me believe they were wise. Among them was ...

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A steel barrier

What can be done for a failing industry that’s received billions of dollars in federal subsidies? Try slapping tariffs on foreign competitors’ imports. That’s what President George W. Bush this week decided to do for the American steel industry, which ...

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Letter to the editor: Article spotlights flaw in tests

Dear Editor: Cathy Salibian’s article about University of Rochester professors Edward Deci’s and Richard Ryan’s research regarding self-motivation (RBJ, 2/8/02) provides vivid and engaging perspective helping to make clear why current popular standardized-testing trends in educational assessment are wrong-minded. “The ...

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Progress leaves ring around the waist

The belt never gets any attention. In your entire experience, I’ll bet you have never read an entire article about a belt. You are under no obligation to read one today, either, but failure to do so could lead to ...

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Only the beginning

What happened as hundreds of dot-coms crashed and burned over the past two years? Thousands of people lost their jobs and hundreds of thousands of investors saw paper wealth go up in smoke. And millions of people went online for ...

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Action needed to prevent future Enrons

(The following is an edited text of prepared remarks delivered by Rep. John LaFalce, whose district includes Orleans County and the western portion of Monroe County, to the National Association of State Treasurers on Feb. 12.) I am very pleased ...

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Informing investors

Congressional lawmakers are busy these days trying to figure out how to protect individual investors in the wake of blockbuster bankruptcies by Enron Corp., Global Crossing Ltd. and others. What’s really needed, however, is complete and timely corporate information that ...

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Don’t punish your best trade partner

President George W. Bush faces an important decision. This one will not involve military action or Mideast detente, but its economic consequences will certainly reverberate throughout the nation and indeed around the world. The large and mutually beneficial bilateral trade ...

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Milking the system

For the past quarter-century, U.S. farm subsidies have known only one direction: up. That might change this year, however. In a move that stunned many observers, the Senate last week voted to limit the maximum annual payment an individual farmer ...

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