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The editors of The NEWS have something to say... and we want to hear back from you! Here's our take on the news of the day. What's yours?

Powell's Ponderings: Weather Guesses

February 8, 2009
One aspect of living somewhat near the Chicago metro area is that I am sometimes asked what the weather might be when someone or some events are coming this way.
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Murphy's Law: Stimulus Packages

February 2, 2009
A proposal is drifting through Washington, D.C., that would increase the amount of tax credits for high-efficiency appliances, i.e., air conditioners and furnaces, from $500 to $1,500.
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Powell's Ponderings: Regulations, Regulations Everywhere

January 29, 2009
Any time we complain about government regulations, just remember: We are not alone. Brian Baker of Custom Vac Ltd., an HVAC contracting company in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, passed along a news item from the London Telegraph.
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Taking Care of Business: Outsmarted By My T-Stat

January 26, 2009
I can’t even program a TiVo, so it should come as no surprise that I don’t understand the concept of a programmable thermostat.
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Skaer-Tactics: For Those Who Can, Teach HVACR?

January 26, 2009
Everyone in the industry is greatly aware of the technician shortage. However, few realize there is also a shortage of persons to teach HVACR classes at our nation’s schools.
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Murphy's Law: Expo Time Again

January 26, 2009
I love going to Chicago for the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo). Lots of new product, but the weather is always gorgeous this time of year, even though it can be a bit balmy by Lake Michigan.
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Taking Care of Business: Read the Fine Print

January 22, 2009
The other day I was planning to book an airline ticket using my Northwest Airlines Award miles. I hadn’t used them in a few years so I wasn’t aware of any new changes to award travel.
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Are Obama Fans Too Optimistic?

January 21, 2009
Regardless of where you fall in the political spectrum, you are likely looking forward to a change in Washington. If you are a business owner or manager, you are especially excited by the prospects of a new cadre of leaders generating optimism among consumers.
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Powell's Ponderings: Global Warming In Music

January 19, 2009
To escape all the environmental and government regulation issues I’ve been writing about, my wife and I went to a classical music concert. The main piece of music was a Beethoven symphony; however, the opening work was called “Global Warming.”
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Skaer-Tactics: NEWS Hotline Number Is 618-239-0288

January 19, 2009
We are always happy to hear from you. While the best way to reach any editor is by e-mail, we realize that not all have access to the Internet or are e-mail savvy. It’s why we introduce our new hotline number: 618-239-0288.
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Kyle Gargaro, editor-in-chief of The NEWS, hosted the 2014 ACCA CEO Forum. At the event, six well-known, highly respected company executives, Gary Michel, Ingersoll Rand/Trane; Chris Nelson, Carrier Corp.; Chris Peel, Rheem Mfg. Co.; Rod Rushing, Johnson Controls; Brent Schroeder, Emerson Climate Technologies; and Doug Young, Lennox; provided individual industry outlooks and fielded questions directly from attending contractors. Listen to the entire event on the NEWSMakers podcast. Posted on April 14.

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