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Byron McNutt

People Make the Difference

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


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 )
Warning about socialism


By Byron McNutt

WE MIGHT WANT to heed the warning and the wisdom of the following message issued by Thomas Peterffy, 68, founder of electronic stock trading firm Interactive Brokers. Peterffy ran the message as a paid ad on television.

“I grew up in a socialist country and I have seen what that (socialism) does to people. There is no hope, no freedom, no pride in achievement. The nation became poorer and poorer, and that’s what I see happening here.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012 3:36 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, November 28, 2012 1:41 PM )
Referendum on statesmanship


By Byron McNutt

WITH THE GENERAL Election less than a week away, are you going to the polls confident the nation will elect leaders that can put partisanship aside and make us proud again by acting in a responsible and statesmen-like manner?

This election season has had an intense focus on the race for the White House while overshadowing the role played by Congress. After all, we are electing 435 members of the House and filling 33 seats in the Senate.

The experts predict the House will remain in control of the Republicans. The majority in the Senate could go either way with Democrats currently in control. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are in a very close race, with the incumbent with the advantage. Regardless who wins, he will have a split Congress.


Tuesday, October 30, 2012 3:04 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, November 28, 2012 1:42 PM )
For success, stay positive

By Byron McNutt

THE LATE, GREAT newspaper, TV and radio personality Paul Harvey always said: successful people have one thing in common—they all practice positive thinking.

“The world is comprised in large part by two kinds of people,” Harvey said, “those who say it can’t be done, and those who go ahead and do it anyway.”

I’m sure many people thought “Fearless Felix” Baumgartner, the 43-year-old Austrian daredevil, was insane for going through with his dramatic skydive (free fall) from the stratosphere 24 miles above the New Mexico desert Oct. 14. He said it was a calculated risk.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 2:41 PM
Spend it or lose it

By Byron McNutt

ABOUT 30 YEARS ago Avi Lank covered the actions of bureaucrats in city hall and the county courthouse in Milwaukee at close range. In the following article, Lank shares his observations about the Bureaucratic Imperative.

There is no greater defender of turf than a bureaucrat. A mother lion looking after her cubs is no more than a pussycat compared with a bureaucrat threatened with a cut in staff, budget or responsibility.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 3:08 PM
So Barry, how’s business?


By Byron McNutt

THE CONTINUING four-year economic recession isn’t the first one we’ve endured in our lifetime. We survived those previous slowdowns and we’ll eventually recover from this one. They are a normal part of the cycle.

About 30 years ago, there was a recession and everyone was concerned about our economic survival. When you met with a local businessman, it was common to ask about his well-being. With a tip of the hat to Lorna Sorenson of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, here are a few translations to the ever-popular opening question, “How’s business?”

• “It’s been better.” Translation: We’ll be in receivership by the end of the week.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012 2:41 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, November 28, 2012 1:44 PM )
Bar Stool Economics 101

By Byron McNutt

IMAGINE?A?COUNTRY with a tax system that maligns and vilifies people who legally pay more than $2 million annually in federal income taxes but sees nothing wrong with a sizable portion of the population that isn’t required to pay any federal income taxes.

People in this flawed system might owe $1,200 in taxes at 17%, or $2 million at 14%. When using numbers to state your case in a fairness debate, the context and the perception of the judges can make a big difference.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012 4:18 PM

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