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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?

Taking Care of Business: Can We Add Service Tech to Job List?

December 8, 2008
I just read an article from a writer who claims there are five recession-proof industries. I won’t argue with the choices, but it also got me thinking that trades like HVACR are always going to be in demand.
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Skaer-Tactics: Contractors Pushing for State License

December 8, 2008
The HVACR Illinois State Association (HISA) was formed earlier this year to bring all the independent HVACR contractors in Illinois together into a unified presence to advocate for a state licensure law.
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Let's Profit From People's Pain

December 4, 2008
Now that Thanksgiving is over, we have a few weeks before the Christmas spirit peaks and we have to be nice to people. Now is the perfect time to take advantage of people and make some easy money for your company.
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Powell's Ponderings: Recovering Refrigerant in Europe

December 2, 2008
One ongoing stream of press releases to me comes from an environmental group in Germany called Deutsche Umwelthilfe. Mostly the releases concern the failure of those responsible to properly dispose of refrigerant in domestic refrigerators.
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Taking Care of Business: Time to Quit Playing the Blame Game

December 2, 2008
I was sitting in on a Webcast the other day and people watching were encouraged to maintain a dialogue during the Webcast by posting questions and comments to a moderated board.
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Murphy's Law: Work With Me People

December 1, 2008
At a time when both labor and management genuinely want to hold on to what they have, working together has never been more important, nor held such promise.
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Skaer-Tactics: What am I Missing Here?

December 1, 2008
Earlier this year, I wrote an editorial proposing that the third day of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating (AHR) Exposition be open to the general public, media, and students. But the idea was voted down.
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Skaer-Tactics: Be Thankful for Plenty

November 25, 2008
I am not going to make this long. Reason? I have to watch a turkey in the oven. (If it burns, I am in deep trouble.)
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Powell's Ponderings: More Hotlines Needed

November 24, 2008
Service Hotline has been one of the longest running components of The NEWS. The question-and-answer format has been popular. The problem is that the well has run dry - we need some new questions.
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Taking Care of Business: The 13-Month Warranty - Not ‘Nice'

November 24, 2008
Everybody in the world knows about 12-month guarantees because everybody in the world offers them. Be different from your competition by offering a 13-month warranty on products and services.
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