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I am a nobody, statistically speaking

If that has ever happened to you, then you realize the kind of worthless feeling that afflicts a person who has an opinion that has never been shared with a pollster. It was a big year for pollsters. New results ...

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The election mandate

On Tuesday, Bill Clinton became the first Democratic president since Franklin Roosevelt to be elected to a second term. On the same day, the Republicans retained control of the House of Representatives for the first time in nearly 70 years. ...

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Allow intrinsic values to flourish

Dear Editor: The article in the Sept. 6 Rochester Business Journal titled “Coming to terms with values” addressed the ongoing management dilemma of how to blend extrinsic values, or traditional business objectives, with the intrinsic values of an organization’s people. ...

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Invest in the future

The state’s business representatives like it. So do environmentalists and labor unions. And let’s not forget Gov. George Pataki, who proposed it, and his chief thorn-in-the-side and possible future opponent, state Comptroller Carl McCall. So, what’s wrong with the Clean ...

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Environmental bond act will aid economy

After all, we’ve spent billions of dollars to wipe out poverty–and we haven’t succeeded. We’ve spent billions more to improve education–and we’re still awaiting the improvement. But there is one major cause government and society have tackled successfully: cleaning up ...

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NAFTA revisited

Few issues were more hotly debated during the last presidential campaign than the North American Free Trade Agreement. This time around, NAFTA and trade issues in general have been barely mentioned. What happened? For one thing, Ross Perot’s invisible candidacy ...

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I may not dress, but I do wear socks

Of course, every one of those guys probably had socks in his suitcase, but on board the plane, they had no socks on their feet. That’s the important thing. Shoes, yes. But no socks of any kind. I have nothing ...

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6,000 and counting

Two years ago, many market pros told investors to take profits and prepare for some heavy weather. Over the next 13 months the Dow Jones Industrial Average roared past 4,000 and then topped 5,000. Once again, the stock-market skeptics warned ...

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Woodson on sports: He’s back in print

For the past three months, weekly columns by award- winning Rochester sportswriter Rick Woodson have been a special feature of the Rochester Business Journal’s Daily Edition on the World Wide Web. Now, even cyberphobic readers will be able to enjoy ...

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The Riley challenge

In the controversy surrounding the selection of former Greece Supervisor Donald Riley as CEO of the troubled Regional Transit Service Inc., at least a few things seem clear: –Mr. Riley, though respected and well-liked, was not the first choice of ...

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Challenge awaits state’s Internet decency law

The New York act will take effect Nov. 1 unless an injunction is granted. Given that the New York Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union vigorously fought the bill in the state Legislature, it is likely that the ACLU ...

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Defend immigration

With more than 300,000 people unlawfully entering this country each year, a tougher approach to illegal immigration has been needed for a long time. This week’s passage of immigration-law reform legislation as part of the omnibus spending bill means the ...

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Vital links

A growing number of companies know the value of being hooked up to the Internet. And as last Saturday showed, they know the value of making sure the state’s schools are online, too. Dubbed NET Day, Saturday saw thousands of ...

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Letter to the editor

Dear Editor: Your recent editorial on internships hit the nail directly on the head. Internships are a classic example of a win-win situation. Students gain by learning about the real world; they gain a bridge from the theory they learn ...

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Rochester exhibits economic vitality

(William McDonough, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, spoke recently to a group of Rochester business executives and community leaders at Oak Hill Country Club. The event was sponsored by M&T Bank, St. John Fisher College, the ...

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