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Byron McNutt

People Make the Difference

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


Question: Can we govern ourselves?
By Byron McNutt

ON SUNDAY, OCT. 13, there was a demonstration in Washington, D.C., billed as the Million Vet March. Maybe we need more of those events, but with 5 million of our veterans marching to the Capitol and the White House to demand a cease fire to the dysfunction of partisan politics.

Americans are disgusted with the acrimony in government. What better way to get the message across to this Congress and White House than to have 5 million of our most admired and respected citizens, our revered military heroes, descend en masse on the streets and in the hallways of the government.

Our country has changed so dramatically in the last 30 years that many

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 2:59 PM
Happiness is like a butterfly
By Byron McNutt

HERE’S AN intriguing thought: Stop for a moment and ponder the way things used to be. For this exercise, let’s narrow the focus to reflections of happiness.

This is an opportunity to treasure memories from the good old days. Some of you might enjoy a trip down memory lane. Others may cringe to think of the way things used to be. You might be relieved that the past is history.

You may only want to embrace the present and dream of better days ahead as the world races into a brighter future. Digging thru my files, I found a five-year-old column by Mark Gaedtke of the Tomahawk Leader sharing a collection of observations on happiness. Gaedtke admits he borrowed the idea from Bob Phillips.

There are thousands of observations on happiness.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 2:53 PM
The heartbeat of the community
By Byron McNutt

THE PRINTED newspaper is a life force — “the beating heart of a community.” It is a “warm and comfortable medium, a product able to command and sustain an audience.”

Without newspapers, America would eventually be nothing more than a collection of people simply living in the same geographic area. Do you really want to see that happen? Is that the type of community you want to call home?

As Rem Reider of USA Today said in a recent column, “It’s been fashionable for years now to write off newspapers as relics of a vanished era, as dinosaurs who are too dumb to know they are supposed to die, as orphans who have no place in the glitzy, fast-moving digital age.”

Well, Oct. 6-12 is National Newspaper Week

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 1:54 PM
Legend of the pink pigeon
By Byron McNutt

THE AMERICAN people can’t catch a break. The political dysfunction in Washington never seems to take a time-out. It’s no wonder the public confidence in our national leaders is at historic lows and the approval ratings for congress and the president are declining.

Look at the challenges facing them now. There’s diplomatic and military negotiations with Syria and Iran, Republicans are trying to defund the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), there’s an on-going threat of a government shutdown, the nation’s debt ceiling may not be raised putting us into default, and no one knows what may happen to the struggling economy when the Federal Reserve’s Quantitative Easing program begins tapering.

Political fighting is here to stay. What will it take to end

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 4:26 PM
Income inequality gap grows
By Byron McNutt

THE PAY STRUCTURE of the professional sports leagues, such as the NFL, the NBA and the MLB, seem to be a microcosm of the overall U.S. economy. That being the rich get richer at the expense of the middle class. The top 1 percent get a disproportionate share of the pie.

U.S. income inequality has been growing for nearly three decades, according to IRS figures studied by University of California-Berkeley economists. I’ll get back to pro sports comparison a little later.

There seems to be a growing resentment in America about this income inequality. A successful economic system works best when the middle class is healthy and growing.

That is not the case today. We should be concerned

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 5:18 PM
Insights gleaned over generations
By Byron McNutt

THERE’S NOTHING more interesting and thought provoking than words of wisdom or words from the wise — handed down generation to generation. There’s no shortage of these tidbits and I’m happy to be able to share a few with you.

Along life’s path here are some that are spoken over and over again and not really credited to any particular historian.

The girl who searches too long for a smart cookie is apt to wind up with a crumb.

If you want a place in the sun, you must expect some blisters.

The honeymoon is over when he stops

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 3:25 PM
‘The power of positive thinking’
By Byron McNutt

“AMERICA CANNOT be the great nation it was destined to be, unless we restore to it the faith in the old American principle of resourceful, resolute human beings standing as individuals.”

That is a quote by the late Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. He was a minister and author. He wrote the book, “The Power of Positive Thinking.” Dr. Peale died 20 years ago at age 95. We seem to be missing men and women like him today.

The real secret to success is adopting seven values and living

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 12:04 PM
Upon further video review
By Byron McNutt

A BIG PART of our fascination with sporting events is the unscripted spectacle of human drama. Purists argue that the overuse of video replay could kill that element of the game.

You make the call.

Many devout fans remind us: “It’s not baseball if you can’t hate the umpire.” This idea was shared by Jerry Cianciolo of Boston in a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. He is a sports fan, writer and chief editor at Emerson and Church, Publishers.

Instant video review

Tuesday, September 03, 2013 2:59 PM
America is still the land of opportunity
By Byron McNutt

IT IS INTERESTING to note that today’s high school and college graduates may have, or may change jobs, 15 times during their working careers. How times have changed in the last few generations when workers would stay with one employer for 40 years.

As we celebrate Labor Day this weekend, it is good to know that being useful is the best job security you’ll ever have. It is also important to be flexible and be able to adjust to our changing world.

Labor Day is a good time to remind ourselves that there is honor in all work, no matter what kind of work it is. We all have God-given talents and we need to discover them. We need to be exposed to a variety of opportunities in order to find our calling.

This reminds me of something English

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 12:11 PM
Helping your child succeed
By Byron McNutt

SCHOOLS ARE about to open around the area. Could this year be the best ever for your child? What can you do to help make that happen?

Here’s an interesting observation. Some education experts contend that what young people learn in the first four to five years of school is used all their lives, the basic skills. What they learn in the four to five years of college may have very little value to their

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 4:44 PM

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