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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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Politics of plenty

For nearly 30 years, federal deficits have defined the nation’s political landscape. Through myriad changes one thing stayed the same: annual red ink. No longer. On Monday, President Bill Clinton said he intends to propose a balanced federal spending plan ...

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It’s time to rally
around Kodak

Dear Editor: The mayor of Rochester is to be congratulated for his recent article on streamlining government (“To help Kodak, streamline government,” RBJ, 11/28/97). Global competition is taking a toll on jobs in New York as well as in Rochester. ...

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Area native deserves
share of honor

Time magazine chose Intel Corp. chairman and CEO Andrew Grove as its 1997 Man of the Year to recognize “the person most responsible for the amazing growth in the power and innovative potential of microchips.” He’s a worthy recipient, a ...

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The Asian flu

In an attempt to contain the mysterious flu virus that emerged recently, authorities this week ordered the destruction of Hong Kong’s entire stock of chickens. For business, however, the focus remains on another potential source of epidemic: world finance’s Asian ...

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1997 business-news
quiz answers

Answers to the 1997 business-news quiz (Questions from the previous column) 1. Frontier Corp. 2. Michael Bovalino 3. University of Rochester 4. Xerox Corp.’s Linda Becker 5. Motorola Inc. 6. Joseph Rulison 7. The Times-Union 8. Former Gannett Rochester Newspapers ...

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Do you know the
news? Let’s find out

It’s that time again. For the fourth year in a row, I’m going to test your knowledge of local business news. The following quiz is based on stories reported in the Rochester Business Journal during 1997. To make it easier–and ...

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Strength in numbers

At home, Eastman Kodak Co. discloses plans to lay off 6,300 people–part of a downsizing that has grown from 10,000 to 16,600 jobs in a little more than a month. Abroad, the Asian financial crisis threatens to knock the wind ...

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Sprewell deserved
harsher fate

Regarding Rick Woodson’s Dec. 12 column on Golden State Warriors basketball player Latrell Sprewell, thank you, thank you, thank you. Enough is enough. I hope the message has been sent and understood that athletes are not above the law or ...

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