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Unfinished business

For years, workers’ compensation reform ranked high on the priority list of New York’s employers. The breakthrough came in 1996 when lawmakers passed, and Gov. George Pataki signed, legislation overhauling the nearly century-old system. The 1996 reforms, which among other ...

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The power of
intimate connections

(Raymond Justice is president of Buckman’s Car Wash Inc., which runs four locations in the Rochester area and is partner in Laser Wash Inc., operator of four smaller car washes. Justice is co-founder of a non-profit conservation organization called Wild ...

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Political glitch

If the Year 2000 computer glitch becomes a legal nightmare for business, don’t blame technology. Blame politics. Legislation has been introduced in Congress to give firms protection against Y2K-related lawsuits, but unrelated political skirmishing has thrown up a wall in ...

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What spins around,
comes around

That was last year. This is now. The yo-yo once again is spinning out of control. Yo-yo factories here and abroad are working round-the-clock in a vain attempt to produce enough to satisfy the needs of the U.S. market, which ...

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In with the new

Here’s something new about the “new economy”: It’s finally getting some respect. For several years, most economists dismissed the idea that new technology was behind the remarkable combination of robust growth, low unemployment and weak inflation. Even as the expansion ...

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Profiting in the
secret bear market

Granted, the indices seem to say bull. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has been up four years in a row and we have watched it move up over the 11,000 mark in 1999. Even so, we are in a bear ...

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Doing right at Kodak

Skeptics will say Eastman Kodak Co. acted only to avoid the cost and embarrassment of a lawsuit. They’ll argue that the company’s action glosses over a deep-seated problem. But all the evidence suggests Kodak decided to pay $13 million to ...

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Doyle reform
plan is suspect

Dear Editor: Your article on Monroe County Executive Jack Doyle’s proposed COMIDA reforms (RBJ, April 2) sounds like it could have come from his “minister of information,” John Riley. Although we are said to have “conceded” that Doyle’s proposal echoes ...

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Stick with local
union builders

Dear Editor: What do Frontier Field, Xerox Tower, Eastview Mall, the War Memorial and the Rundel Library expansion have in common? They’re all shining jewels in the Rochester community’s ongoing renaissance and each was constructed by hard-working, well-trained union labor. ...

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The China opening

The Clinton administration’s decision to revive, and now extend, negotiations on China’s bid for membership in the World Trade Organization demonstrates an awareness of what already seemed obvious to most observers: that Chinese Prime Minister Zhu Rongji came to Washington ...

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Saving Midtown

When California developer Peter Arnold purchased Midtown Plaza in November 1997, the news brought a round of cheers from downtown supporters. The acquisition, coupled with the developer’s choice of well-regarded LaSalle Partners Inc. to manage the plaza, was seen as ...

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How to get beyond the buzzword

Complaints that the concepts of learning organizations and knowledge management are fuzzy at best are understandable. It’s too bad that such concepts become buzzwords akin to flavor-of-the-month recipes. When we make a noun phrase out of a concept, the meaning ...

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Patten’s penchant
for speaking out

During Chris Patten’s term as Hong Kong’s 28th and last British governor, the Chinese government and its media cohorts branded him a serpent and a whore. After Britain’s July 1997 handover of the colony to Beijing, Patten wrote a book, ...

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Progressive costs

When Rochester’s health care insurers announced 10 percent premium hikes for 1999, it marked the end of a string of single-digit annual rate increases. Last week removed all doubt that the situation could get considerably worse before it gets better. ...

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UR ignores
students, faculty

Dear Editor: The University of Rochester has made another impressive decision: It has decided to cancel the nation’s 14th-ranked public policy program. Known for preparing students for careers in responsible public service for nearly 20 years, the public policy program ...

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