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Paperless office
lost in the shuffle

No, there are not as many papers on the desk today as there were at the end of December, when I paused briefly from my regular duties for the annual desk inspection. You must understand that I enjoy being surrounded ...

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Nothing dumb about
online investing

“Someday,” E*Trade Group’s marketing tag line predicts, “we’ll all invest this way.” Well, someday appears to be arriving quicker than anyone–even the folks who operate online brokerages–ever imagined. According to new research estimates, roughly 25 percent of retail stock trades ...

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Altered reality

In a commentary published in the New York Times a few weeks ago, Foreign Policy editor Moises Naim asked the following provocative question: “How can the impeachment trial of an American president have less of an international impact than the ...

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Momentum builds for
lower airfares

Rochester travelers pay the fourth-highest airfares in the country. Officials at one Rochester firm wrote me, “As the cost of a plane ticket climbs at an alarming rate, we’ve seen our expenses for airfare alone rise from approximately $10,000 per ...

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A right turn

In his first two years in office, Gov. George Pataki practiced the kind of fiscal restraint that warms the hearts of conservatives. His policies left most New Yorkers cold, however, and the governor’s approval rating plunged. The following two years ...

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N.Y. takes lead
with electric vehicles

Don’t believe it. New York still is leading the charge for electric vehicles. Gov. George Pataki has made the advancement of EVs and other clean-fuel vehicles a high priority. While upholding the mandate may have been the most controversial and–as ...

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A bad idea

Call it Bill Clinton’s revenge. For months, the president’s critics have claimed that the Monica Lewinsky affair and subsequent impeachment crisis have crippled his ability to lead the nation. In his State of the Union address last week, he unleashed ...

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We’re big on
covering small business

Two-thirds of the Rochester Business Journal’s subscribers own or work for small businesses–companies with 100 or fewer employees. That fact shapes our coverage of local business, both who and what we write about each week. I think it’s safe to ...

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State of the president

On Tuesday night, President Bill Clinton delivered the final State of the Union address of this century with his customary panache. He trumpeted the nation’s longest peacetime economic expansion and declared that “the state of our union is strong.” The ...

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‘Soft skills’ stereotyping
hurts blacks

In what I would describe as one of the most candid, troubling and valuable reports of its kind, racial stereotyping and a perceived lack of “soft skills” are identified as major reasons why this is happening. Soft skills describe workplace ...

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First things first

In last fall’s gubernatorial race, Independence Party hopeful Thomas Golisano ran hard against Gov. George Pataki’s record of increased spending and higher debt levels. The governor did little during the campaign that would indicate Mr. Golisano’s criticism hit home. Mr. ...

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It’s not the craziest
idea you’ve heard

I’ve got something you might want to buy. Right now, it’s just an idea. Not even an original idea. But why bother being original when there’s easy money to be made? Here’s the idea: take the Rochester Business Journal public. ...

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Too good to last?

A year ago, dark clouds were gathering on the economic horizon. Around the globe, the Asian financial crisis was worsening, prompting predictions of sharply slower growth; in Rochester, Eastman Kodak Co.’s plans to lay off more than 6,000 workers and ...

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For business, it’s
time to think big

In the last four years, the Business Council of New York State Inc. and the business community statewide have advocated many ideas for nurturing New York’s nascent economic comeback. And lawmakers have listened. In fact, we’ve been so encouraged by ...

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The Y2K countdown

In 364 days, the “millennium bomb” will detonate. Will it be a massive explosion that wreaks havoc on a global scale or a dud? No one knows. But as the countdown approaches its conclusion, two things seem clear: First, the ...

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