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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?

Skaer-Tactics: I'm Still Feeling the Pain

More than a month ago I noted here Meier Supply Co.’s attempt to help its employees lose weight. I am happy to report that the HVACR wholesale distributor’s eight-week “Biggest Loser” contest concluded recently.
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Powell's Ponderings: All This for HVAC?

The hike to the Purdue University campus usually was pretty routine during the recent four-day compressor and refrigeration-air conditioning conferences. But one day there was quite a fuss.
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Murphy's Law: Get Out the Vote

You may be one of the many undecided voters, like me, who may actually swing this election. If, this week, you are still undecided, here is an idea you might like to try.
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Adventures in Construction: Trends From the Trenches

As a group, 42% of you indicated residential construction activity has decreased or decreased significantly in your markets during 2008. Every subset of our panel showed double-digit declines in 2008.
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Skaer-Tactics: A Few Answers to the Initial $6 Million Questions

Since posting a first batch of questions on this blog September 1, I have been receiving more and more interesting comments, as well as answers, from readers.
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Adventures in Construction: Trends From The Trenches

In just a few months we’ve gone from feast to famine… from too much business to “where is the business?”…from fat and happy to hungry and stunned.
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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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