Apr 20, 2018

Wrong way to right result

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that he intends to restore voting rights to felons on parole through executive fiat is an example of doing the right thing the wrong way. First is the question of whether felons on parole should be allowed to vote: Yes, they should. The main goal when felons leave prison should be […]

Apr 19, 2018

Snap Poll: Majority opposes lawmaker pay raise

Included in the New York state budget that was approved at the end of March was a measure that could allow lawmakers, state agency commissioners and statewide elected officials to receive a pay increase for the first time since 1999. The decision on the pay raise will be made by a five-member commission, led by […]

Apr 12, 2018

Why does U.S. health care cost so much?

  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 a big way during every presidential election cycle in the last three decades. In their […]

Apr 12, 2018

A celebration of women

The Rochester Business Journal has long been committed to recognizing the accomplishments of women in business, to providing resources to help women achieve success in business and to advocating for equality for women in business. The importance of women in the Rochester business community was on full display Wednesday night at the Joseph A. Floreano […]

Apr 12, 2018

Snap Poll: Majority supports Whole Foods project

The controversial plan to build a Whole Foods in Brighton is closer to reality following the Town Board’s approval of the project’s incentive zoning application last month. The Daniele Family Cos. plans to build a 50,000-square-foot Whole Foods grocery store, plus an additional 37,000 square feet of retail space, in the Monroe Avenue plaza that […]

Apr 5, 2018

STEM and the humanities can co-exist

Letter to the Editor: In reading Professor Peter E. Knox’s recent guest opinion article entitled, “Is emphasis on STEM learning hurting the humanities?” (RBJ, 3/2/18), I was reminded of the initial angst I felt as we at McQuaid Jesuit began laying plans for the construction of the Wegman Family Science and Technology Center, our new […]

Apr 5, 2018

Fight opioids by legalizing recreational marijuana

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 a detective with the New York City Police Department and as a private investigator. During […]

Apr 5, 2018

Budget process remains flawed

New York passed its fiscal year 2019 budget last weekend, and it was once again the result of a flawed process that is completely lacking in transparency. The budget is negotiated behind closed doors by a small group wielding immense power to shape the future of this state. The entire Legislature gets little opportunity to […]

Apr 5, 2018

Snap Poll: Majority questions Facebook’s value

Amid the fallout from its privacy scandal, Facebook is polling some of its users in an effort to improve. The Associated Press reports that Facebook sent a poll asking whether the service is “good for the world” to an unspecified number of people. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has previously said he wants to make Facebook a […]

Mar 29, 2018

Lessons to be learned from Toys ‘R’ Us collapse

Toys R Us is closing down and liquidating all of its assets. Similar to another regional example —Tops Friendly Markets— the situation has been linked to the high level of debt held by the company and its inability to respond effectively to the shifts in competition, primarily fueled by the explosion of online retail through […]

Mar 29, 2018

Fake news is dangerous

Fake news in this country is a very real threat to our democracy and our civility. We are not talking about fake news as President Donald Trump and several other politicians define it: news that they disagree with or that makes them look bad. We are talking about the intentional sharing of incorrect, altered or […]

Mar 29, 2018

Snap Poll: Majority wants to wait for congressional election

Candidates have started to emerge to replace Louise Slaughter as the Democratic candidate for Congress in the 25th District. But even once the field is set, the question of when someone will be elected remains. Gov. Andrew Cuomo can call a special election to fill the seat at any time. Once he does so, the […]