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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: Passing of a Friend

I learned of the passing this past summer of Nils-Einar Wahlgren, a senior writer at VVS Forum, a trade magazine in Sweden.
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Taking Care of Business: You Can Layaway Merchandise, Why Not HVAC?

If you have ever used a layaway plan to purchase merchandise, raise your hand. Buying via layaway remains a viable option for many consumers. How about layaway for HVAC?
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Murphy's Law: My Economic Stimulus Plan

Instead of giving $700 billion to the Wall Street community, I have two options in mind. Plan A: Give $1 million to each of the nearly 330 million citizens in the United States of America.
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Taking Care of Business: Being the ‘Best Contractor' Has Its Perks

For the past winners of The NEWS’ “Best Contractor to Work For” contest there has been a good share of positive results. To them, winning recognition as a top HVACR contractor is much more than their name in print, a plaque for the office, and some local PR from the media.
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Murphy's Law: Economy Breeds Innovation

In the last few weeks I have noticed more new products in the offing than we usually see come through The NEWS desk.
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Skaer-Tactics: More Questions to Ponder ...

As promised earlier, here are a few more 6 Million Dollar questions for your consideration, for which I do not have answers.
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Powell's Ponderings: 13 SEER and R-22

My now almost two-year-old home has already been glorified in a story when I wrote a column about it some time ago as having a 13 SEER air conditioner running on R-22.
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Murphy's Law: A/C Units Lack Self-Esteem

Maslow would tell you that the problem with air conditioners is that they are suffering from low self-worth. They might be comfortable, safe, and well-fed, but heat pumps are kicking their butts!
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Taking Care of Business: Time to Play Fantasy HVAC

Don’t laugh, there are lots of other fantasy games besides sports. With so much interest in fantasy-anything, what’s to stop people from playing FantasyHVAC®?
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No Time to Play Possum

Don't be wild-eyed from this week's wild ride on Wall Street.
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