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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: Recovering Refrigerant in Europe

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

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

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?

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

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

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'

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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Housing Mess = Pent-Up Demand For Your Services

Earlier this week the U.S. Commerce Department released October stats indicating that new home and apartment construction have dropped to an annual rate of 791,000 units, a 4.5% decrease from September.
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Skaer-Tactics: What's on Energy Efficiency Horizon?

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

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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