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Byron McNutt

People Make the Difference

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


Fed up voters to stay home
By Byron McNutt

MANY PEOPLE consider the Nov. 6 General Election the most important in our nation’s history, so why does a nationwide USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll predict that as many as 90 million eligible voters are unlikely to vote? There are many reasons.

One: Because of the Electoral College System, people know in advance that their individual vote (the popular vote) in the presidential race  doesn’t count. If you vote Republican in states like California and New York, it won’t matter in regard to the outcome.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 2:55 PM
Man discovers musical talent
By Byron McNutt

WE’VE?ALL?HEARD news reports and seen pictures of the devastating drought conditions that have wreaked havoc across the country this summer. We’ve also had to deal with destructive flooding in some areas. Here’s a story for those readers who like “groaners.”

A man was confiding his experiences to several of his friends. The account involved a flood out West when many homes were washed down the raging waters in a canyon.

“I discovered that I had some musical talent after all,” he concluded to the amazement of his listeners.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 3:03 PM
Who I am makes a difference
By Byron McNutt

WHEN WAS the last time you acknowledged and thanked the people who have made a difference in your life? If you say it has been a while, the following story may prompt you to take action.
The essay was sent to us at the News-Review about six years ago by Matt and Steve Hausner, sales coordinators at Guardian by Generac Power Systems in Whitewater. Special credit may also go to Misty Jaeger for this touching article.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012 5:51 PM
There’s no guarantee these days
By Byron McNutt

FAMED WALL Street guru Byron Wien calls it “the dumbest idea in the economic history of the United States.” He was referring to the overly optimistic federal policy that said “every American should own their own home.”
Wien, the 79-year-old dean of Wall Street forecasters, says the policy just
wasn’t realistic. It required people to take on massive personal debt when they simply couldn’t afford it. Then the government made it worse when it guaranteed these unsustainable loans.
Because it seemed like a good investment, people bought homes with inflated prices, thinking inflation would bail them out. Buying a home is a good goal for most people, but buyers must make sure not to buy a home out of their mortgage comfort zone. Then the housing bubble burst.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 3:12 PM
How are you at making excuses?
By Byron McNutt

IN THIS AGE of the blame game, I’m reminded that William Arthur Ward once said there is no excuse for excuses. Ward was one of America’s most quoted authors, editors and teachers. He died in 1994.
He said he once heard this definition of excuses: “Excuses are the tools with which persons with no purpose in view build for themselves great monuments of nothing.”
Perhaps you have heard — or used — one or more of these excuses: “I’m too old.” “I’m too young.” “I’m handicapped.” “I’m in poor health.” “I don’t have enough education.”
“I don’t have enough time.” “I’m just not lucky.” “I’m too short.” “I’m too tall.” “My parents didn’t love me.” “I was born on the wrong side of the tracks.”
Ponder the challenge of Elbert Hubbard: “Don’t make excuses; make good!”

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 2:21 PM
Has the NFL killed the Golden Goose?
By Byron McNutt

THE NATIONAL Football League (NFL), also known as The Golden Goose, might be showing a little wear and tear, according to a recent article in the national media. Pro football, America’s most popular and profitable sport, is dealing with slumping attendance.
The NFL blames the weak national economy the last five years for much of the slide, but it is also looking for ways to lure fans to the stadiums and to improve the game-day experience. Softening the blow, the NFL owners have a $27.9 billion TV contract for 2014 through 2022.


Tuesday, July 17, 2012 2:46 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 17, 2012 2:59 PM )
Stop fighting, let’s make it work
By Byron McNutt

DOES ANYONE REALLY think there will be a consensus, bipartisan agreement on the controversial Affordable Care Act (commonly called ObamaCare) anytime in the foreseeable future? Even a compromise that would have 75% support would seem impossible.

A recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey showed 56% of Americans are weary of the fight over healthcare. The survey said 82% of Democrats, 51% of Independents and 26% of Republicans want to move on to other issues. Confusing the issue, 69% of Republicans, 41% of Independents and 14% of Democrats want to see efforts to stop the law continue. Come on, people, good or bad, we need to focus on finding common ground rather than the constant bickering.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 2:56 PM
Excitement builds for Summer Games
By Byron McNutt

THE ANTICIPATION is building. In just three weeks, 10,500 of the best athletes in the world will descend on London, England, to compete in the games of the XXX Olympiad. Are you getting stoked?
The games begin July 27 and these amazing athletes will run, jump, swim and compete at world-record levels. They will compete in 26 sports, 39 disciplines, 302 events and at least one athlete will represent 196 of the 204 possible countries. About 3,000 medals will be awarded.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012 2:54 PM
Costs rising during recession
By Byron McNutt

THE GREAT Recession has touched nearly all Americans in some way. We see and feel the effects every day. It started with the Housing Bubble crash and the ramifications have filtered through the economy. For most of us, our incomes have not kept up, we’ve not had adequate pay increases, we’ve lost jobs, had work hours reduced, taken pay cuts and had to explain to our families how this could happen in a great country like the United States. Two weeks ago, the Federal Reserve reported that in 2010 median family net worth was no more than it was in 1992, after adjusting for inflation. The figure declined from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in 2010.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 2:19 PM
Election 2012 warning: Buyers beware!
By Byron McNutt

CREATIVE marketing 101. Our national political candidates are simply “packaged products” manufactured by party power brokers and sold to a gullible electorate by a finely tuned team of clever hucksters often using false, deceptive and misleading advertising.

The products to be sold to the voters this year are Barack Obama for the Democrats and Mitt Romney for the Republicans. Everything about them from now until November will be carefully orchestrated, including the shameless party conventions. Every appearance will be planned and scripted to sell the product.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012 1:50 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 19, 2012 2:05 PM )

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