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Lessons of sour a business experience

The proprietors made a strategic mistake right at the beginning. They started out selling apple juice, rather than lemonade. Why apple juice? Because they could not get immediate delivery on lemonade. Like so many businesspeople today, they were depending on ...

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The no-excuse budget

Let’s first get the acknowledgements out of the way. The final state budget agreement approved this week contains a number of provisions that are good for New York’s businesses. Among them: –a sharp cut in the gross receipts tax on ...

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Academic standards
need raising

Dear Editor: A recent letter to the editor from Nancy Dianni (“Regents system needs overhaul,” RBJ, 6/13/97) questioned the need for the Board of Regents to raise academic standards in the schools. She said these efforts were “stifling the ability ...

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Column slighted
game of tennis

Dear Editor: I am writing to you in regard to Rick Woodson’s column on the sport of tennis and the lack of appeal he feels it holds (On Sports, RBJ, 7/11/97). I am deeply saddened that he is unable to ...

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Winners and
losers

It really is the economy after all. President Bill Clinton and congressional Republicans reached agreement this week on how to balance the federal budget for the first time since 1969 and to cut taxes in a big way for the ...

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Benchmarking shows state’s
progress

And you’re aware that the state has cut taxes dramatically in the last couple of years. Are we really making progress, though, or are other states reducing theirs as well? Those are some of the questions answered in “Just the ...

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State of delay

Any future gathering of world-record holders will require extra space to make room for Gov. George Pataki and the state Legislature. At midnight on July 13, the record for the most overdue New York budget fell. As far as anyone ...

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Business misleads public
on tort issue

During the past decade, large corporations have spent tens of millions of dollars to convince us we are lawsuit crazy. (It should surprise no one that the tobacco industry put up a large portion of the public relations budget.) Now ...

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Gene-based bias

Dramatic scientific advances now make it possible to determine whether individuals’ genetic inheritance makes them more likely to be struck by illnesses ranging from various cancers to Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases. But many people are afraid to undergo genetic ...

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Reject effort to expand liability
laws

The lawyers want to be able to sue on behalf of all surviving family members for their non-economic losses when someone is accidentally killed due to another’s negligence. Current law already allows for non-economic damages in death cases to recover ...

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Sky-high fares

You can get there from here, but it will cost you. That sums up the situation facing airline travelers in New York, especially the upstate region. In these parts, the planes are not the only thing that’s sky high. A ...

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When the age of approximation
ended

That approach didn’t bring me much comfort when I was dealing with algebra, geometry or calculus, and it didn’t instill much confidence in my colleagues when I was struggling to calculate a markup or attempting to fill out a tax ...

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Dollars and sense

Much in this world has changed over the last two centuries. But not everything. Take the New York Stock Exchange’s system of quoting stock prices in eighths of a dollar. Its roots stretch to a time when early market traders ...

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Hong Kong and the great unknown

On a trans-Pacific flight this spring I was seated next to a Hong Kong native. He said he worked for Oracle Corp., developing data-base analysis applications for clients in a region extending from Beijing to Bangkok and the Philippines. We ...

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Influencing China

In 1991, President George Bush declared “it is wrong to isolate China if we hope to influence it.” Three years later, President Bill Clinton–who roundly criticized Mr. Bush in the 1992 presidential campaign for coddling the Beijing regime–did an about-face ...

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