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Byron McNutt

People Make the Difference

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or P.O. Box 1929, Eagle River, WI 54521.


It’s the journey, not the destination
By Byron McNutt

WHAT IF YOU could see into the future and you could preview your life for the next five years? Would you really want to know what’s going to happen to you and your family in advance?

Before you say yes, ask yourself if it would depress you to know the bad things that were going to happen. Wouldn’t you feel cheated missing the delightful sur-prise of the good things that are bound to happen?

The thought of predicting the future fascinates many of us. We can make educated guesses, but the fact is, no one knows for sure what will happen in the future.

In a similar vain, American author Dorothy Fisher

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:49 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 29, 2014 2:07 PM )
Dreamers see different future
By Byron McNutt

EVERY PHASE OF your life could be subject to change in just the next 10 years as innovators tinker with the status quo — regardless of the consequences those changes might have on our lives.

In decades past, revolutionary changes may have taken five years to take hold. Today, dramatic changes can sweep the country, the world, in a matter of months.

Traditional ways of doing things can be turned upside down almost over night.

This can be very disturbing and it

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:36 PM
Basic education for all pilots
By Byron McNutt

THE EAGLE?RIVER Airport is a valuable asset for the greater Vilas County area. The daily airplane traffic and the number of hangars you find on the grounds tells us of its importance to the area’s economy.

The following “20 rules for flight” actually came from people at the Tomahawk Regional Airport. I’d guess anyone with a pilot’s license has seen this list and can attest to their validity.

1. Every takeoff is optional. Every landing is mandatory.

2. If you push the stick forward,

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 11:26 AM
Tips for a healthier, happier life
By Byron McNutt

ABOUT 15 YEARS ago a colleague of mine came across a list of 20 ways to make our lives more pleasant. Some of them relieve stress, some are timesavers and all will lead you to a healthier, happier way of life.

The advice is good for people of all ages. Most are simple, common sense ways to face life’s challenges. See how many you can embrace.

1.?Get enough sleep. If necessary, use an alarm clock to remind you to go to bed on time.

2.?Don’t rely solely on your memory. Write down when to pick up the laundry,

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 1:30 PM
Answers to all your diet questions
By Byron McNutt

I’VE BEEN I’ve been reading the advice of doctors, nutritionists, dieticians and quick-buck charlatans in newspapers and on the Internet for more than 15 years. Sure, the opinions have been conflicting, but if you want to be healthy, lose weight and shrink that stubborn belly fat, here’s what I’ve learned.

The deck is stacked against us. If we are to be slim and healthy, why are all the unhealthy foods made so delicious? Why do food companies have to chemically formulate and enrich their products to make us eat them?

I’ve learned that sugar is poison. For heaven’s sake,

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 10:47 AM
Lenient judges visit the woodshed
By Byron McNutt

WE HAVE A problem in this country when 191 of the most lenient administrative law judges have approved more than 85% of Social Security disability claims they heard from 2005 to 2013 at a cost to taxpayers of $153 billion.

Most of those claims had been denied one or two times previously by Social Security workers in state offices. This act of rubber-stamping claims results in lifetime payments to many people and has led to a recent hearing by the U.S. House Oversight Committee chaired by Darrell Issa, (R-Calif.)

Keep in mind, lifetime benefits average

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 1:03 PM
Can we fix that which is broken?
By Byron McNutt

WE ALL KNOW that if you work with something long enough it is bound to break.

Has there ever been a time in recent memory when it seemed there were so many things that are broken?

There’s a lot of talk today about what is broken in America. Are we just being to critical? Is it a lack of patience? Is it a result magnified by the 24/7 news cycle?

Are we looking for excuses as to

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 11:14 AM
What we learn from our fathers
By Byron McNutt

IT HAS BEEN said: One father is worth more than a hundred schoolmasters. It is important to have a father in the home for the life lessons he can pass on to his children.

New babies make men out of fathers and boys out of grandfathers. The best years of fatherhood are when your kids are old enough to wash your car but too young to drive it. Many a father works hard to keep the wolf from the door, then his daughter grows up

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 11:25 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 10, 2014 11:27 AM )
Insightful observations from 1955
By Byron McNutt

IF YOU’RE AT least 60 years old, you need to share the following with your children and grandchildren. These are comments made by folks in the mid-1950s and are in stark contrast with how we live today.

Sure, times have changed. Young folks today can’t imagine how their grandparents and great grandparents, recovering from World War II and the Korean War, could possibly live and support a family while earning less than $100 a week.

There is a movement today about raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, or as high as $15 per hour. Well, back in 1955, the federal minimum wage was raised from 75 cents per hour to $1 per hour Aug. 12.

I’ve heard people say they think they had more

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 10:08 AM
Endeavor to make a difference
By Byron McNutt

ANOTHER SCHOOL year is drawing to a close. In the next few weeks there will be words of wisdom offered to this year’s graduates.

Parents, teachers and representatives from all walks of life will provide encouragement as these young men and women take their place in the world.

At a few universities, graduating seniors used social media

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 12:53 PM

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