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of news we report

When I signed on more than a decade ago to launch the Rochester Business Journal as a news-driven weekly publication, my first question was: How do we beat the dailies? This was back in the days when Rochester had two ...

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What the numbers say

What do low jobless figures add up to? A misleading picture of health in the Rochester economy. That’s how some experts interpret recent data on trends in the upstate region. “Despite some evidence of improvement over the past two years, ...

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Did high taxes
drive ladybug out?

Only one bug is virtually immune from such murderous human attacks, and that bug is able to fly, walk, crawl or swim randomly without fear. It’s a rare tribute to public relations, whose practitioners over the years have positioned the ...

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Redefining value

The new edition of Business Week contains the magazine’s latest Global 1000 ranking of the world’s most valuable companies, based on market capitalization as of May 31. The roster of homegrown Rochester companies on the list contained no surprises: Xerox ...

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Don’t mix CPAs,
financial services

Our state legislators are not the only lawmakers voting “yes” for bills such as this one, blandly named the Uniform Accountancy Bill. So far, 35 states have passed laws that allow CPAs to expand their financial services. If the name ...

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Spendthrift economy

In September, the U.S. savings rate fell into negative territory for the first time since the Great Depression. One might think that served as a warning for Americans to start putting away more of their incomes. If it did, the ...

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Isolating China
helps no one

Dear Editor: An eye for an eye? Not. Rather than waging a symbolic, leveraged protest vote against permanent normal trade relations with China and its membership in the World Trade Organization, Congress is obliged to demand foolproof regulations that also ...

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Restore balance of
support for colleges

All in all, it seems that New York today offers a glimpse of two possible futures. It is up to us to determine which path to take. Education is a thriving enterprise in our state. All the New York communities ...

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Because they can

Late Monday, U S West Inc. said it would take no action on Qwest Communications International Inc.’s takeover bid. The decision followed Frontier Corp.’s similar rebuff of Qwest. Almost simultaneously, Qwest filed to register the stock needed to launch hostile ...

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No quick victory

In late December, leading online broker Charles Schwab Corp. passed Merrill Lynch & Co. in market capitalization. Merrill Lynch officials responded publicly with a shrug, insisting the Internet posed no serious threat to its full-service, transaction-based approach. On June 1, ...

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Kodak’s next CEO

An article in the current issue of Fortune magazine is headlined: “The Picture Just Keeps Getting Darker at Kodak.” The timing could not have pleased Eastman Kodak Co.’s board of directors, who, within days of seeing the magazine hit the ...

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Why upstate lags,
and how to help

But a nagging question remains: If we’ve been doing the right things, why has upstate been relatively slow to see the benefits? And what should be done about it? Let’s consider three differences between upstate and New York City: –In ...

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Is it blue blood vs. blue collar?

Dear Editor, The recent controversy created by a small group of Pittsford residents living on Alpine Drive makes me wonder about the real motive behind their concerns and uproar. I live in the same neighborhood and so do hundreds of ...

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A trade battle averted

It’s a classic compromise–an agreement accompanied by a fair measure of boasting and grumbling on both sides. However, the accord reached by U.S. and Canadian negotiators in a long-running dispute over Canada’s policies to protect its domestic magazine-publishing industry likely ...

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