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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?

I Think... Air Conditioning Is Getting a Bad Rap

I always thought that air conditioning was good for the economy and good for America. Now along comes someone who blames air conditioning for REPUBLICANS!
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Skaer-Tactics: Plenty of Questions, But Not Enough Answers

Here are some Six Million Dollar questions, of which I do not have answers for. I seek answers from readers. Let me know what you think.
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Skaer-Tactics: First Cell Phone Debate, Now Wind Turbines?

While doctors, scientists, and researchers argue about cancer and its link to cell phone use, Bill Bissmeyer has opened a different can of worms.
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Powell's Ponderings

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Murphy's Law: Green Scams

Most of us know not to ever buy anything on the Internet from Ghana, and forget about the nubile Nigerian prince with his hand out in the name of Jesus Christ, but who is getting duped by energy con artists?
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Taking Care of Business: The Initials That Brought Down Communication

If there was ever a set of initials that changed the face of communications as we know it, it is LOL (laugh out loud). This combination of letters, hatched out of the text messaging/e-mail era, exemplifies how little people personally communicate with each other anymore.
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I Think... Mechanical Contractors Deserve a Little TLC

Every September The NEWS sponsors a very unique industry summit meeting called HVAC-MechanicalXchange. The event focuses entirely on a SMALL number of mechanical contractors.
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Murphy's Law: HVACR Raps on Safety

What does rap music and industrial safety have in common? Three employees of ITT Corp. in Morton Grove, Ill., found a novel way to communicate a message about workplace safety.
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Skaer-Tactics: An Industry That Works Together ...

There was a time not too long ago that this industry was … well … rather disjointed. Manufacturers did their thing. Contractors did their thing. Wholesalers did their thing. Or, so it seemed.
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Taking Care of Business: First Copper, Now Refrigerant Thievery

DATELINE: Columbia, Missouri, late July 2008. “Police are investigating four weekend reports of someone stealing Freon from air-conditioning units in The Pines subdivision in southwest Columbia.
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