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Slowing down

Organized labor and its allies no doubt celebrated heartily when President Bill Clinton recently was forced to abandon his effort to win renewed fast-track authority for negotiating trade agreements. But they were not the only ones pleased to see the ...

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Succeeding by trying

When William Johnson Jr. became Rochester mayor in 1994, he inherited a High Falls redevelopment effort that already had cost the city more than $20 million. The investment of public money was intended to spark private development in the historic ...

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For Kodak, strategy
isn’t the hard part

The day after George Fisher took the wraps off his turnaround strategy in a meeting with analysts in New York City, the Democrat and Chronicle ran a large front-page photo of Eastman Kodak Co.’s chairman and CEO looking down in ...

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Cheaper power coming
to New York

First it was taxes–major reductions in those on personal income, general business profits, estates and more than a dozen individual industries. The Pataki administration has brought a revolution to regulation, breaking down obstacles to growth. The direct cost of creating ...

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Then and now

For longtime Eastman Kodak Co. watchers, this week brought an uneasy sense of deja vu. Once again, a humbled Kodak CEO appeared before skeptical Wall Street analysts, promising massive job cuts and a leaner, smarter photo giant. In the mid-1980s ...

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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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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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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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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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