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Byron McNutt

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

 



Brrr, adapting to cold temperatures
By Byron McNutt

WHETHER IT IS 30 degrees below zero or 90 degrees above zero with a high humidity, someone is likely to say the temperature is relative. It’s our perspective that matters.

I’ve been shivering cold in early October when the thermometer said 50 degrees, and I’ve been toasty warm in the spring when it said 40 degrees. No doubt about it, the cold we’ve had during this December has been icy cold.

The following “Temperature Conversion Guide” was found on the Internet

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:47 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:50 AM )
 
The life of one solitary man
By Byron McNutt

IT’S THE REASON for the season: it’s a short story titled One Solitary Life, the life of Jesus Christ. No other man, army or movement has affected the earth as much as this one person.

This essay was sent to me last week by my uncle the Rev. Carroll Lee McNutt who lives in Indiana. It was a sermon written by Dr. James Francis for his Philadelphia congregation in 1926. It chronicles the short life of Jesus. Think about it.

He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in still another village where he worked in a carpenter shop until he was 30. Then for three years he was an itinerant preacher.

He never wrote a book. He never held an office.

Monday, December 23, 2013 11:57 AM
 
Preserve a job, shop locally
By Byron McNutt

DON’T LOOK NOW but there is just one week left before Christmas. Most of you have your Christmas shopping done, but I would guess there are many of you who have waited until the last minute to buy your gifts.

I would like you to consider the importance of shopping locally. There is a great temptation to go to the bigger cities, or to shop online, but remember, the money you spend out of the area does very little to support your local community.

Money spent locally will help your friends and neighbors and your community grow.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 1:00 PM
 
Let’s spread the holiday spirit
By Byron McNutt

’TIS THE SEASON to be jolly. We should all remember, a little appreciation from all goes a long way towards ensuring good cheer during the holiday season.

Think about this as you hurry through your pre-holiday paces, the third week of December is “Tell Someone You’re Doing a Good Job Week.” I first heard of this celebration in a Plain Talk column by the late Al Neuharth, USA Today founder.

Neuharth said the idea was the brainchild of disc jockey Joe Hoppel who had a drive-time show on country music station WCMS in Virginia Beach, Va. The idea spread like wildfire and is now observed nationwide.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 12:38 PM
 
Declare war on fraud, cybercrime
By Byron McNutt

IN OUR ONGOING crusade to create quality, good-paying jobs, there is an industry that is screaming for attention and is ripe for growth. While we would prefer private firms lead this industry, the fact is a strong government involvement is essential.

We need a Homeland Security-style effort to cut into the soaring, out-of-control business of defrauding our government, private businesses and individual Americans.

Failure to stem this cancer is putting all levels of market integrity in jeopardy.

Unchecked fraud and cybercriminal activity are damaging the full faith

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 11:06 AM
 
Counting blessings on Thanksgiving
By Byron McNutt

THANKSGIVING IS the time of year when we should all stop and take a long, hard look at what we have been blessed with in our lives.

Thanksgiving celebrations often take us back to our roots. Not all people are proud of where they come from, especially if it is a small town in the middle of nowhere.

That’s not the case for natives of the North Woods. Both natives and residents

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 11:50 AM
 
Customer service key to success
By Byron McNutt

THE SINGLE greatest key to long-term success in today’s business world is doing whatever it takes to please your customers. That was the theory 10 years ago, and it’s the theory today, of Louisiana-based writer and lecturer Mike LeBoeuf.

LeBoeuf says consider these facts: A typical business hears from only 4% of its dissatisfied customers. The other 96% just quietly go away. Of those, 91% will never come back.

A survey on “Why Customers Quit” found the following: 68% quit because of an attitude of indifference toward the customer by the owner, manager or some other employee.

Fourteen percent were dissatisfied with the product.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 1:14 PM
 
There are always winners and losers
By Byron McNutt

TRYING TO SOLVE America’s most pressing economic and social problems in a fair and balanced way sounds like an honorable goal, but in reality, it’s nearly impossible because we all have different perspectives on what is fair.

The fact is, no matter what we decide, no matter what we do, there will always be winners and losers. No one is happy, or wants to be, a loser.

Try to think of any government-initiated solution to an economic or social prob-lem that hasn’t had winners and losers. If you think the resolution to a problem was a win-win, just wait until it is implemented and the victims (losers) will express outrage.

Try to think of a government

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 11:01 AM
 
Veterans are all around us
By Byron McNutt

MONDAY IS VETERANS Day. I’ve heard people say they’d like to honor a vet but they aren’t sure if they know a veteran.

Veterans are our neighbors. They are our teachers, our law enforcement officers, the person who helps us at our favorite store, the elder at our church or she could be our co-worker’s daughter who just got out of the Navy and now works at a high-tech firm.

Monday is Veterans Day, a day when veterans of all ages stand together for America.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013 11:58 AM
 
Monday morning quarterbacking
By Byron McNutt

WOULD YOU LIKE to be president of the universe for a day or two? During your reign, you would have the power to solve most of the economic and social problems weighing on the country. As president, you would have the attention of “all those idiots in charge” and could tell them how to restore consumer confidence, recharge the economic system, balance the deficit, create 10 million good jobs for all workers, make health care available and affordable for everyone, rescue the middle class and solve the funding obligations of Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid.

If you listen to all the economists, business school professors,

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 11:10 AM
 
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