Schumer shortsighted on Bausch + Lomb

Several weeks ago, Ireland’s Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton led a trade visit to six cities in the United States. Rochester, New York was not on the list. Stops included Houston, Austin, Chicago, Indianapolis, Cleveland and Grand Rapids. Oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and technology were among industries of interest. Ireland’s Texas trip alone…

Rochester’s success cannot hinge on holding out hope for LPGA’s return

I confess. I’m a hopeless romantic. But if there are two things I’ve learned from lessons in love between adolescence to adulthood: Know when it’s time to let go and, well, let go. And when it’s over, turn the focus on myself. There’s always room for self-improvement. Democrat and Chronicle sports columnist Leo Roth seems…

Loss of LPGA reveals Rochester’s global shortcomings

According to the 2013 Wegmans LPGA Championship tournament overview, the “event contributes an estimated $20 million to the Rochester economy on an annual basis.” News of the tournament’s downstate departure leaves a deep divot to be filled. Its loss will be felt in the form of community events, vendor and sponsor relationships and local tourism…

How I learned to drop the shame of picking up cans

I didn’t grow up wealthy. I was raised by blue collar parents in a rural village outside of a small, working-class city in upstate New York. Regardless, kids would still pick on each other about social class. There was an especially mean line, which went something like this: “I saw your mom kicking a can…

Lists of “top cities” high on stats, low on story

Can you name 94 cities in the United States? I can’t. That was the thought that came to mind when the Democrat and Chronicle published a news brief on Rochester’s ranking as the “95th best place to start a career.” The survey, conducted by WalletHub, is one of many list-driven efforts the financial advice website uses to…

Why “small math” is about more than big data

Last week, the Yale Consumer Insights Conference 2014 brought together practitioners and professors of marketing and business to share research, insights and experience with a small, but engaged group of peers and professionals. Amid futuristic talk of personalized, physical environments enabled by emerging technology, big data stood out as one of the most prevalent challenges…