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Are truth, honesty
things of the past?

He was the first president of the United States, chosen unanimously at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Before that he was a general during the American Revolution. He was at Valley Forge and crossed the Delaware River standing in the ...

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Good times

As usual, Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan’s annual remarks to Congress on the state of the economy this week contained numerous warnings and qualifiers. He told investors and lenders they should not let the good times go to their heads. ...

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Measuring progress

In the 1950s, more than 2 million New Yorkers were employed in manufacturing. That number soon began to fall–and with few interruptions has continued to fall. By 1993, fewer than 1 million New Yorkers worked in the manufacturing sector. Not ...

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Like business, investors
should go global

We have major offshore players here: Eastman Kodak Co., Xerox Corp., Bausch & Lomb Inc., IBM Corp.–companies that attribute their success in large part to doing business overseas. The importance of participating in global markets is obvious to them. But ...

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A give-it-all-away
survival strategy

For a time, Netscape Communications Corp. was known as the fastest-growing software start-up in history. Even before the company saw a penny of profit, it went public and watched its market capitalization immediately soar into the billions of dollars. That ...

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A federal matter

What’s the most effective way to foster business competition? A hands-off approach by government usually works best. But not always. A prime example is the current effort to reduce the sky-high airfares that midsize cities have endured for years. In ...

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Kids are winners
in New York revival

“To turn New York around, we have to focus on two priorities: jobs and kids,” said the institute’s book, “The Comeback State.” “Our failure to produce jobs,” it said, “is directly responsible for many of New York’s worst problems–for much ...

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Let the Games begin

Tonight in Nagano, Japan, athletes from dozens of countries around the globe will gather to take part in the opening ceremonies of the Winter Games, eager to begin vying for Olympic gold. For Eastman Kodak Co. and Fuji Photo Film ...

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Playing ball in the
legislative season

Now that we are entering another fertile legislative period in Albany and Washington, and are trying to survive the overwhelming number and scope of regulations that emerge from government at all levels, it seems appropriate to share with you many ...

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The two Clintons

The Bill Clinton who delivered the State of the Union address Tuesday night is a masterful politician who can rightly claim a resurgence of American strength and prosperity since he entered the White House. This is an era of peace ...

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Predictions hard when
you keep score

Some time ago I predicted that someone eventually would ask me that question. I was absolutely certain that they would. But I was absolutely wrong; no one ever did. I had to resort to asking myself my own question. I’m ...

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In the money

Since Gov. George Pataki took office three years ago, New York has enjoyed a string of budget surpluses and reduced taxes. Indeed, the governor this week said the state will finish the current fiscal year $1.8 billion in the black, ...

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Time for a raise?

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver thinks New York’s lawmakers and other state officials should get a pay raise. True, the Manhattan Democrat has not proposed a pay hike. He has called for creation of a blue-ribbon panel to study the question. ...

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New York at ‘dawn
of its greatest day’

It is a special pleasure to stand before you in this chamber today, 100 years after Teddy Roosevelt, who inspired me in so many ways, was first elected to serve the people–a people, I, too, am deeply honored to serve. ...

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Everybody has a story
worth telling

After asking questions and listening to the answers and stories of every description from people great and small for another year, I feel exactly the same way I did when I started. Everybody has a story and most of them ...

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