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Skaer-Tactics: What's on Energy Efficiency Horizon?

November 18, 2008
President-elect Barrack Obama’s transition team has already started its work, and in Congress, new leadership will be elected soon. What can we expect from the new administration and a new Congress on an energy efficiency policy?
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Taking Care of Business: Defining Lack of Knowledge and Ignorance

November 10, 2008
In the case of HVACR as a career, I believe people are both uninformed and misinformed. We, as a trade, have to address both responses.
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Skaer-Tactics: Better to Learn and Share Than to Complain and Struggle

November 10, 2008
According to one association executive, the difference between a profitable contractor and a less-than-profitable one is that the former has a passion for both learning and sharing.
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Powell's Ponderings: Defining the ‘R'

November 7, 2008
Ever since I became the refrigeration editor of The NEWS, I’ve tried to figure out exactly what is “refrigeration.”
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Eat or Be Eaten

November 7, 2008
I love nature shows, especially those that demonstrate ferocity in the animal kingdom. Last night I caught a segment where an imposing monitor lizard went looking for lunch in a badger’s den, only to end up becoming lunch for the badger.
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Murphy's Law: Customer Can Say No More Ways Than One

November 4, 2008
What if a customer changed his mind and you had to return and install the old equipment and refund the price paid for a new system you had put in yesterday?
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Skaer-Tactics: Why Not Joe Comfort Specialist?

November 3, 2008
John McCain certainly put Joe the Plumber in the limelight. Too bad he didn’t single out an HVACR contractor during the debates. Then again, what would he have called him - or her? Joe HVACR?
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California Dreaming ... or Nightmare?

October 31, 2008
When I took my first trip to California in 1982, the state’s sunny skies, palm trees and ocean views entranced me. With the Mamas and the Papas’ “California Dreaming” playing in my head, I understood why people were moving there in droves.
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Taking Care of Business: Negativity Is in Vogue

October 29, 2008
I shouldn’t be surprised that as we approach Election Day the mudslinging increases and the negative campaigning and name-calling continues to overshadow the “real issues” and platforms of the major political parties.
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Skaer-Tactics: Merkel: A Ray of Sunshine

October 28, 2008
The economy is going down the toilet. Or, so you hear every time you turn on the radio. Or listen to the TV news. Or read the newspaper.
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