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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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The decisive moment

Nearly 50 years ago the great photojournalist Henri Cartier-Bresson coined the phrase “the decisive moment” to describe the instant when content and form coincide and can be captured in a photograph to describe an essential truth. One might say this ...

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Get back on track

The free-trade debate has returned to the front burner. And it’s likely to get very hot in the coming weeks. On Wednesday, President Bill Clinton launched a renewed campaign to win fast-track authority for negotiating trade accords. Already, a coalition ...

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LeRoy secures jiggly place
in history

Inspirations are very unpredictable. Sometimes they make you read a book or run around the block. This particular inspiration was so powerful it motivated me to do something I had never done before. I made my first bowl of Jell-O. ...

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Ronald Bittner’s calling

Ronald Bittner intended to become a minister. But when he decided he was going into the ministry “because of an avocation rather than a calling,” he chose a different path. Mr. Bittner, who passed away Sunday, instead entered the telecommunications ...

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A season of change at
the newspaper

Summer is supposed to be a slow time for news. But that has not been the case at the Rochester Business Journal. We’ve had several changes and additions, and it’s time to bring you up to date. First, reporter Cathy ...

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It’s time to end N.Y.’s budget secrecy

The state’s top three politicians–Gov. George Pataki; Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan and Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, R-Brunswick–made the spending decisions in budget negotiations behind closed doors. The lateness costs taxpayers money, but the secrecy costs them even more. ...

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History lessons

Everyone remembers Black Monday: Oct. 19, 1987, the day the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 508 points, or 22.6 percent–the largest single-day decline ever. But who remembers Aug. 25, 1987: the day when the soaring stock market peaked at 2722? ...

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New standards boost
education

Dear Editor: I am replying to the letter from Nancy Dianni that appeared in the June 13 issue under the headline “Regents system needs overhaul.” Ms. Dianni offers her opinion on several issues related to students and the new state ...

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State budget process
an embarrassment

As one engaged in the shaping of local public policy, I can attest that we are damaged by both the process and the product. Unlike the state, the city of Rochester has a proud record of approving budgets on time ...

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A natural asset

The idea of using Lake Ontario water to create a mammoth cooling system is nothing if not audacious. And it just might work. The notion, of course, is not new. Xerox Corp. commissioned feasibility studies in the early 1990s to ...

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