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Trade at stake

Any hope that trade would be a non-issue in this year’s presidential election was dashed when Reform Party candidate Ross Perot selected Pat Choate as his running mate. Mr. Choate, an economist, has made his name as a foe of ...

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Do yourself a big favor: Get an intern

I remember once early on in an internship being sent to cover the discovery of a body in a house on a quiet street. The newspaper where I worked was a small daily in a small town, and one of ...

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Perot’s bottom line

When the Fortune 1,000 CEOs were surveyed in May 1992, two-thirds said that a businessman would make a good president. However, only one in 10 thought Ross Perot had the right stuff. And that poll was taken before Mr. Perot’s ...

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In politics, repeat business counts most

Voters focus on the issues. Politicians concentrate on the elections. Am I a skeptic? I hope not. Am I a realist? I’m trying my best to qualify. As communications have become more sophisticated, people have become more familiar with the ...

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Failure at the top

A few years ago it was dubbed the “jobless recovery.” Not anymore. The expansion that began in the early 1990s has generated more than 10 million new jobs over the past three years. Yet at the same time tens of ...

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Process is key to effective decisions

Capitalizing on the fear of disaster, the majority of business books on decision making attempt to develop systematic approaches to reaching the right answer to the “problem.” There is a difference between situations that are nuances or likely to correct ...

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The central question

No Democratic president in more than a half-century has been returned to office for a second term. Bill Clinton wants to end that string of frustration–and the polls say don’t bet against him. With a double-digit lead over Republican challenger ...

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Daily Edition searching–it’s easy, free

Two months ago, the first issue of the Rochester Business Journal’s Daily Edition (http://www.rbj.net) was posted on the Internet’s World Wide Web. Now, more than 40 issues are housed on the Daily Edition’s server. Anyone with a Web browser can ...

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Canal retrenchment

When the Erie Canal was constructed in the 19th century, it gave a huge boost to New York’s development. Similar ambitions were voiced a year ago when the New York State Thruway Authority proposed a $146 million canal revitalization plan. ...

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The bug in the technology is only us

A New York Times article on the system failure that blacked out America Online for 19 hours last week concluded with the following quote: “”The disruption caused by the temporary unavailability of AOL illustrates more clearly than ever before how ...

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A grander party

His initials are JFK, but RFK would be a better fit. Like Robert Kennedy, Jack Kemp over the years has shown a remarkable ability to reach out to blacks and other minorities as well as working-class whites. But unlike the ...

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Pataki is proving naysayers wrong

From merely watching the atmospherics at the Capitol, you wouldn’t necessarily realize how much things have changed. Yes, the new state budget was the latest in history; yes, much crucial legislation was pushed through in the traditional end-of-session stampede. Business ...

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Bob Dole’s gamble

Bob Dole wants to cut your taxes. Or perhaps more accurately, he thinks that promising to cut your taxes is the best way to get the job done. Which job? No, not growing the economy more rapidly, though Mr. Dole ...

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Learning to appreciate each moment

Q: What are some of the special strengths you bring to the job? A: Believing that anything is possible. Turning challenges into opportunities. Creating something out of nothing. Watching something grow. Knowing that the more you give, the more you ...

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The decency-act war

This newspaper does not use four-letter words to grab readers’ attention or make a dramatic point. There is no law that says these pages can’t be strewn with raw language; it’s just not our style. What would happen if we ...

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