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Byron McNutt

People Make the Difference

Byron McNutt can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or P.O. Box 1929, Eagle River, WI 54521.


Hyped drugs aren’t always the best
By Byron McNutt

HERE MIGHT BE one reason for the soaring health-care cost problem in the United States.
Many hospitals benefit financially by making medical treatment decisions from a “best for business” standpoint.
The following example is taken from an article written by New York Times News Media writer Don McNeil Jr. The article appeared in the national media March 27.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012 2:32 PM
Many baby boomers had drug problems
By Byron McNutt

THE OTHER DAY, an old friend stopped me at the post office and said he read in the paper that a methamphetamine lab had been found in an old farmhouse in an adjoining county.
My friend, who is in his mid-60s, asked me a rhetorical question, “Why didn’t we have a drug problem when you and I were growing up?” Note: For the record, this story has been around for at least 12 years. The author is unknown.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 3:35 PM
2012 elections about tough choices, priorities
By Byron McNutt

SOME PEOPLE believe the 2012 national elections are about priorities. Those people point out that our federal and state governments spend $519 billion a year on elementary and high school education while spending nearly $1 trillion a year on the nation’s defense. What are the right balances?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 3:25 PM
President-elect still doesn’t impress her dad
By Byron McNutt

YOUR MAY HAVE noticed the 2012 presidential race is getting a lot of front-page newspaper coverage. While it may be a little early to be looking ahead to 2016, the following story sent to me by a St. Germain friend might be of interest to you and puts some things into perspective.

The year is 2016 and the United States has just elected the first woman president, and she happens to be from Wisconsin. A few days after the election, the president-elect, whose name is Susan, called her Father, Ole, and said, “So, Dad, I assume you and Mom will be coming to my inauguration?”

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 3:19 PM
What traits distinguish a growing community?
By Byron McNutt

WHY ARE SOME communities considered successful, progressive and growing places, while others are stagnating or losing ground? Is it just luck? Is it the result of economic forces? What factors, other than economics, make a difference?

About 14 years ago, I came across an article in another newspaper about the research of Dr. Cornelia Flora, a former Kansas State University professor, on this subject. As we try to decide if the United States is coming out of the current economic crisis or is about to have a relapse, I thought it was important to take a look at Dr. Flora’s conclusions.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012 11:02 AM
What if a manicurist married a pedicurist?
By Byron McNutt

THE 2012 CALENDAR serves up a few irregularities. For one, it’s a Leap Year (Feb. 29); for two, there are three Friday the Thirteenths (January, April and July), the most that are possible in one year; and the Mayan/Aztec calendar warns that the world may end on Dec. 21.
To take our minds off of things we have no control over, here are some bits of wisdom passed down through the ages that may be of interest to you. There are also some thought-provoking capsules of wisdom sent to me by a colleague some 15 years ago. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 11:27 AM
Could cutting-edge newspapers threaten Google?
By Byron McNutt

DON’T YOU WONDER what could future 5G products (now under development) give us that we simply can’t live without? What will there be about Windows 10 that will make us scrap all previous Microsoft versions? What are the geniuses at Facebook and Google now working on?
The late Steve Jobs had his brilliant people at Apple working on new televisions that will be must-have when they are introduced!


Tuesday, February 21, 2012 11:38 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, February 21, 2012 11:42 AM )
To achieve goals, aim to be above average
By Byron McNutt

DO YOU KNOW that in the 10 years ending in 2009, U.S. factories shed workers so fast that they erased almost all the gains of the previous 70 years, roughly one out of every three manufacturing jobs —about 6 million in total? If you do repetitive, average work, a staple of middle-class Americans, your prospects for future job satisfaction and lifestyle fulfillment will be limited. Your job could be next to be eliminated.

During the Feb. 4 Wisconsin-Ohio State basketball game in Madison, the announcers told us that Badger Coach Bo Ryan had made copies of a recent Tom Friedman column, published in The New York Times and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and he gave them to members of his team to motivate them to raise the level of their play and not be satisfied with average.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 12:05 PM
Some opportunities come cleverly disguised
By Byron McNutt

WHAT WOULD OUR lives be like without challenges?
What we do when confronted with these challenges has a lot to do with how we perceive our place in this world. We can face the challenges or we can give in to them without a fight.
Most challenges provide us with opportunities. Opportunities can be disguised as hard work and be fraught with obstacles.
An old story tells about a king who placed a heavy stone in the middle of a much-traveled road. Many who came by berated the authorities for not keeping the road clear, but no one pushed the obstacle out of the way.


Tuesday, February 07, 2012 9:49 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, February 07, 2012 11:23 AM )
If it doesn’t say ‘for fast relief,’ forget it!
By Byron McNutt

AS THE BABY BOOM generation reaches 60 years of age, newspaper articles and health-channel programs about aging issues seem to be talking directly to us.
While baby boomers still enjoy good health, they are realizing aches and pains are more frequent, clothes don’t fit as well, the eyesight and hearing aren’t what they used to be and co-workers are younger (often much younger) than we are. The following observations recently appeared at our mailbox.
The Senility Prayer: Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do and the eyesight to tell the difference.


Tuesday, January 31, 2012 4:41 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, January 31, 2012 4:45 PM )

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