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Byron McNutt

People Make the Difference


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

 



Honor all veterans on Memorial Day

By Byron McNutt

MEMORIAL DAY is a time to honor those men and women who fought bravely and made the greatest sacrifice one can make to defend liberty — their lives.

Too often, we take for granted the ideals for which our ancestors fought. It may be easy to forget because only 6% of Americans younger than 65 have served in uniform.

We must constantly remind ourselves

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 9:44 AM
 
What can ruin a good day fishing
By Byron McNutt

HAVE YOU EVER had a fishing buddy that would borrow equipment from you and then never return it? Have you arrived at your favorite “secret” fishing hole only to find two other boats right on your spot?

Every fisherman has a list of things that really bother him or her. You might say they are the Murphy’s Laws of fishing. Since the 2014 inland fishing season opened recently it’s a good time to recall a few irritations that may have happened to you.

This is in no way a complete list but I thought you might find comfort in knowing

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 10:53 AM
 
Mothers: Lessons they taught us
By Byron McNutt

“I KNOW EACH and every one of our mothers had faults,” said the Rev. Val Peter.

“Some had many faults and a few were even mean, nasty and cruel. Some were too busy making a living to spend time with their children or to help them set goals. But they still deserve special praise for the good things they did.

“Rejoice on Mother’s Day for what our mothers gave us, which we received in humility and gratitude, lights up our lives. Let us praise the good gifts our mothers gave us, especially their sacrifices on our behalf. And let us thank God for them.”

Peter was executive director of Girls and Boys Town

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:29 AM
 
Dr. Gumperson’s common life mysteries
By Byron McNutt

GUMPERSON’S LAW accounts for the fact that you can throw a burnt match out the window of your speeding car and start a forest fire, while you can use two boxes of matches and an entire edition of this newspaper without being able to start a fire under the dry logs in your fireplace.

Dr. Gumperson served as a consultant to the armed services during World War II and evolved the procedure whereby the more a recruit knew about a certain subject, the better chance he had of receiving an assignment involving some other vital skill.

The law, stated simply, is that the contradictory of

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 10:29 AM
 
I’m proud to be called a square
By Byron McNutt

SQUARE! IT’S another of those good old words that have gone the way of love, modesty and patriotism. It’s something to be snickered over, or outright laughed at, why?

Some of our readers will remember a certain time. It used to be that there was no higher compliment you could pay a man than to call him a “straight-shooter.”

Charles Brower remembers those days and he wrote this essay some 30 years ago in an issue of Masonic Tribune.

But today, a square is a guy who volunteers when

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:32 AM
 
North offers quality of life
By Byron McNutt

IN PROMOTING THE advantages of living in Northern Wisconsin, what should be our major selling points?

Are our major attributes the same today as they were about 30 years ago?

Has anything changed during that time? Let’s review what futurist Robert Theobald and freelance economic development marketing consultant John Clanton had to say in 1985.

Theobald said we should make our quality

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 11:05 AM
 
There’s no gain without pain
By Byron McNutt

WE LIVE IN a culture that worships comfort. During the 20th Century we saw the greatest assault on discomfort in the history of the human race. That was the conclusion of author Edwin Bliss when he wrote “Getting Things Done” in 1976.

I’m wondering what writers will say about the changes we’ve seen in the early stages of the 21st Century. At the rate we are going, there will be more life-altering changes in communications, technology and medicine in the first 20 years than were achieved in the entire 20th Century.

Back to Bliss’ essay. We have learned to control our

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 10:42 AM
 
What baseball fans need to know
By Byron McNutt

SUPPLYING FANS with a glossary of terms related to their favorite sport has become a popular feature. You see it in hunting magazines, fishing articles, football periodicals, everywhere.

It is no different for baseball. Baseball broadcasters start each season using the same clichés and baseball terminology, never giving a thought to whether or not their audience understands just what they are describing.

In a March 28, 1984 (30 years ago) column in the Oshkosh Northwestern, staff sportswriter Tom Woodrow decided to put this injustice to rest. He painstakingly broke down, perhaps even destroyed, all the baseball clichés and descriptive terms that broadcasters have taken decades to establish.

A big baseball fan, Woodrow also had a

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 9:36 AM
 
OK chowhounds: Come and get it!
By Byron McNutt

THERE’S A GOOD reason why Americans have an obesity problem. The average American will consume an incredible 55 tons of food and drink during his or her life. That’s some food bill. The human body is one amazing, efficient machine.

If you were asked to list those items on which you will spend the most money during your lifetime, a home and cars would probably top the list. Another major expenditure, food, would likely not be mentioned among the top five.

The average American consumes nine pigs,

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 11:32 AM
 
2015 budget: The devils in the details
By Byron McNutt

ON MARCH 4 President Obama sent Congress his 2015 budget request which the GOP says is his first budget in 6 years. Because this is a mid-term election year, there is very little chance of a bipartisan agreement.

Not surprisingly, the budget proposal has generated a lot of debate. GOP leaders have called the document “irresponsible” because of Obama’s $56 billion wish list, the budget’s $250 billion spending increase and the projected $564 billion deficit.

Democrat leaders say the budget highlights core party ideals which help the young,

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 10:58 AM
 
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