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Finding satisfaction in
problem solving

Harry Trueheart is managing partner of Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle LLP. Along with his wife, Karen, Trueheart was among the Rochester businesspeople who sponsored this spring’s Kalachakra mandala exhibit at the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester. ...

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A $50 million question

Supporters of a state constitutional convention reacted with amazement and dismay Tuesday night when it became apparent voters had rejected the proposal by decisive numbers. The dismay is understandable, but not so the amazement. True, recent polls suggested the measure ...

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The steady hands

For those who believe in the rationality of market behavior, it has been a tough week. When currency speculators attacked the Hong Kong dollar, triggering a chain of events that led to a crash in the Hang Seng index, experts ...

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After decades of neglect,
the dot is hot

But that has really changed. The dot has burst from the background and millions of people who previously ignored it are talking about it every day. There is a dot at the end of this sentence. Can you see it, ...

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A business journalist’s
story of a decade

When I arrived in town to become editor of the Rochester Business Journal, I knew little about the city or business journalism. After a year of the free-lancer’s life abroad, however, it seemed like a decent opportunity to get back ...

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Shared value

Roberto Goizueta fled Fidel Castro’s Cuba, arriving in this country in 1961 with his wife, $40 and 100 shares of Coca-Cola Co. stock. Mr. Goizueta, who died last weekend at age 65, never sold those shares. That fact was a ...

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New York needs constitutional
reform

It’s our fundamental source of guidance for elected officials. It sets forth the process of government and reflects our democracy’s vision of itself, our responsibilities, our rights and our community. It deals with our commitment to the mentally ill, to ...

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Digital dilemma

Since even before George Fisher arrived in 1993, Eastman Kodak Co. has hunted high and low for what might be called the “killer app” of digital imaging. The search has intensified dramatically under Mr. Fisher. Yet as the third-quarter numbers ...

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State’s resurgence no
longer in doubt

In the old New York, pundits competed to come up with catchy new phrases describing the punitive cost of our state and local governments. One common expression was that we lived in a “tax hell”; another, in a takeoff from ...

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A full agenda

Few years pass without at least one high-impact U.S. Supreme Court decision on a significant business issue. In the term that opened Monday, however, the nation’s high court could issue rulings in several cases with broad implications for employers, workers ...

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Watch your syntax, pay
your sin tax

“What are you planning to do about the syntax?” he asked. I was puzzled. I had no idea what he was talking about. Could he have been referring to that infinitive that I knowingly split in mid-July or the participle ...

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Wage gap revisited

In 1979, the median earnings of American women working full time was 62 percent of their male counterparts’ wages. By 1993, the gap had narrowed substantially; women’s pay reached 77 percent of men’s. Many economists and women’s advocates were greatly ...

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Position of COMIDA critics distorted

To begin with, Metro Justice is very much in favor of job creation. Good-paying jobs with benefits are the key to solving many of the social ills with which we are concerned. We take issue with COMIDA on both substantive ...

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The dollar also rises

When Eastman Kodak Co. a few weeks ago warned that its earnings outlook for the remainder of 1997 was dismal, the photo giant put much of the blame on a stronger dollar. Indeed, the company said foreign-exchange rates alone could ...

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Critics of COMIDA imperil prosperity

Since 1992, COMIDA has helped 84 companies build, renovate or expand their businesses. Its goal: Use tax relief, low-interest loans and other incentives to further cut the state’s lowest unemployment rate–now 3.2 percent–of any metropolitan area. COMIDA’s aid has helped ...

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