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Byron McNutt

People Make the Difference

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


Washington needs an intervention

By Byron McNutt

WE MAY NEED an intervention in Washington. In the next two months, Congress and the White House will be faced with three major “cliff” issues and all indications point to contentious standoffs filled with rancor, acrimony and brinksmanship.

Americans want, and are looking for, leadership, but not getting it. A USA Today/Gallup Poll taken in

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 4:50 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, January 16, 2013 3:28 PM )
Barber learns valuable lesson


By Byron McNutt

WE ARE constantly reminded that there is a fundamental difference between the citizens of our country and the politicians who run it. With that in mind, you might enjoy this story titled “The Haircut.” It wouldn’t be so funny if it wasn’t true.

The theme throughout this story is “blessed are those that can give without remembering, and take

Tuesday, January 08, 2013 4:29 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, January 16, 2013 3:28 PM )
A celebration to remember


By Byron McNutt

A REPORT IS circulating around town about a charity event held recently at an area casino. It was a big celebration and it was a very memorable event for at least two attendees.

This was a masked ball and the wife of one local bigwig went out to get costumes for herself and her husband. When it was time to go to the gala event, she came down with a doozy of a migraine that was the worst ever.

“You go alone, honey,” she said. “I’m going to turn in. You shouldn’t miss this opportunity to have fun with our friends.”

Monday, December 31, 2012 1:37 PM | Updated ( Monday, January 07, 2013 2:46 PM )
Friends rally in tough times

ALBERT EINSTEIN once observed: “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.”
In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in Newtown, Conn. Dec. 14, we’re reminded that in every life there are good times and bad times. To survive those ups and downs, we all need a strong support team.

Monday, December 24, 2012 4:52 PM
Tips to manage holiday stress
By Byron McNutt

IT’S THE HOLIDAY season. Along with the joy and anticipation comes a considerable amount of stress and, for some, depression. We just don’t have the time and money to do everything we want to do.

A colleague, John Reiniger of Lawrenceburg, Ind., was at a seminar seven years ago when the presenter, when explaining stress management, raised a glass of water and asked, “How heavy is this glass of water?”

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 7:53 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, January 16, 2013 3:29 PM )
Try walking in my shoes

By Byron McNutt

THE DATE OF this issue of the paper is Dec. 12, 2012, which must mean something? Until we figure that out, here are a few news items I came across the past few weeks that caught my attention. Last week CNBC Closing Bell anchor Maria Bartiromo interviewed Starwood Capital honcho Barry Sternlicht about the fiscal cliff negotiations now going on in Washington, and they came to this conclusion.

In some areas of the country a family making $250,000 a year, with three kids in school, and an average home mortgage, is probably living paycheck-to-paycheck. How do they relate to families living in middle America who have a home mortgage and three kids in school, with an annual income of $70,000?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 3:25 PM
Let’s support each other


By Byron McNutt

A COMMUNITY IS more than a group of people looking for the best deal; it’s a group of people looking out for each other. Everyone wins when we do business locally.

When small businesses close because big-box wholesalers have made the interstate the new Main Street, we are looking at more than a business trend; we are looking at a societal event that says something troubling about what we mean to each other.

Like the story of the Bouncing Buck that was left behind at a little gift store on Wall Street in Eagle River last week. The people he belonged to decided to trade him in for a Christmas gift for their grandson.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 4:53 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, December 19, 2012 3:34 PM )
Procrastinator’s holiday guide

By Byron McNutt

IT IS NEVER too early or too late to get your Christmas shopping done. This year there are 32 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the most possible, and that included Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

According to ShopperTrak, Black Friday was the “busiest” shopping day, but that didn’t make it the “best” day to shop. One-third of the holiday sales will be rung up the week prior to Christmas. The pre-Christmas weekend will be huge for both retailers and shoppers.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 3:24 PM
Every day is Thanksgiving


By Byron McNutt

BY MOST ANY standard, Americans have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season and very little reason to complain.

Following the recent presidential-year elections, one might think America is a bitterly divided country, but for the most part, we are united where it counts the most.

Some of us might complain about uneventful days. Others would argue an uneventful day should be something to be thankful for. Every day is meaningful. We’re alive during an exciting time in history. We are free to move about and to enjoy our blessings.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 3:34 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, November 28, 2012 1:38 PM )
Previewing the coming holidays


By Byron McNutt

AS WE PREPARE for the Thanksgiving holiday, and in anticipation of the Christmas and New Year’s celebrations to follow, a guy by the name of Gene Perret developed a list of 10 things to be thankful for as we pause to reflect. His work appeared in McCall’s magazine.

For example, be grateful:

— For automatic dishwashers. They make it possible to get out of the kitchen before the family comes in for their after-dinner snacks.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012 2:31 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, November 28, 2012 1:39 PM )

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