A fair, effective plan to reduce carbon emissions

The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act is a market-based mechanism to reduce the carbon emissions driving climate change. It will dramatically reduce the damage caused by global warming—without wrecking our economy.

A man of deep values and firm beliefs

John Riedman, who died recently at the age of 90, built a small Rochester-based insurance agency into the nation’s ninth-largest privately held insurance broker. Guided by his strong convictions, he also was an influential figure in Republican politics and became a leading area philanthropist.

Has Warren killed two birds with one stone?

The mayor’s call for a November referendum on a state takeover of the city school board could end the RCSD stalemate—and also help Democrats wrest control of county government from Republicans.

Digging for treasure behind Park Avenue

Named after a location in “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome,” Bartertown Collectibles brims with the stuff of recent history. The store’s toys, comics and other pop-culture collectibles reflect its owner’s interests as a kid.

It all started with a tweet

Chase Bank’s tweet in late April attempted to instill better financial behavior. The backlash reminds us that we’re a long way from corporations acting in the interest of communities and not just shareholders.

Let’s embrace Rochester’s cultural identity

Economic developers talk of “ecosystems,” a recognition that institutions, concentrations of knowledge and focused leadership spur economic vitality and growth. There is no stronger example in Rochester than the ecosystem that nurtures creative expression.

Bringing words and people together

Writers & Books can be a generative center for people, breaking down barriers and widening the circle, says Alison Myers, the organization’s new executive director. She shares her vision for the nonprofit with Rochester Beacon Senior Editor E.C. Salibian.