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Editors Blog
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?

California Dreaming ... or Nightmare?

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

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

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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Murphy's Law: What Business Are You In?

If you were at a reception talking, and you said “I’m in HVAC,” it might not spawn much conversation. But, what if you said you were in the health and safety productivity business?
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Powell's Ponderings: Putting Beliefs Into Practice

The theme of the FMI Energy Conference held in Florida in early September certainly stressed sustainability and conservation.
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Murphy's Law: Will the Real Joe the Plumber Please Stand Up?

Since the third Presidential debate between Senators John McCain and Barack Obama, Joe the Plumber (Joe Wurzelbacher) has gotten more than he bargained for.
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Skaer-Tactics: Local RETA Chapter Does the Right Thing

A few weeks ago, I was happy to report that Grainger had expanded its technical education scholarship program. I’d now like to point out a positive gesture from the Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians Association (RETA).
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Taking Care of Business: Sorting the Sock Drawer, Er, Inventory

The other day I opened up my sock drawer and saw several orphan socks. But it got me thinking: Do you have time to sort socks, er, sort your inventory?
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Adventures in Construction: That Will Be $49 for Parts and $99 for Fuel

I just returned from Atlanta where a gas shortage is creating havoc. At one point, I became mired in a line of cars when I simply attempted to turn into my hotel parking lot.
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Taking Care of Business: Life (and Death) Can Be a Distraction

Two events recently happened that reinforced my belief that my job, my profession, and the trade I serve are just secondary plateaus in life. There is one thing that is more important - and that is life itself.
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