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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.


Who decides if it’s bribery or business?
By Byron McNutt

MY WEBSTER’S dictionary defines bribery as the act or practice of giving or taking a bribe. A bribe is money or favor given or promised to a person in a position of trust to influence his or her judgment or conduct.

Now begins the job of interpretation. Can any bribe be considered legal?

Are bribes, by any measure, illegal and a pox on any system or transaction? It may be hard to think of a situation where offering a bribe would be looked at in a favorable light.
In the last two weeks there were two national stories that gained major headlines.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012 3:01 PM
In America, every dog has his day
By Byron McNutt

WOULD YOU agree? Many dog owners have a better relationship with their pet than they do with their spouse or with their children. As a result, much has been written about this curious dynamic.

Pets fill a void in our lives. Most people have a pet dog or cat. They are given royal status in most homes. (Nodding your head in agreement, aren’t you?) Many people would do things for their beloved pet before they would do something for themselves or a family member.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012 5:26 PM
Rosenak’s ‘Rules For Being Human’
By Byron McNutt

ABOUT 18 YEARS ago this month, Bob Rosenak, formerly of Eagle River, was moderator of First Congregational United Church of Christ and he shared this list of “Rules For Being Human” with his friends. If you know a soon-to-be-graduate, share it with them.
1. You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for the entire time you are on this journey.
2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called “life.”

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 2:27 PM
Low interest, inflation rates delay action
By Byron McNutt

WHY IS OUR national government unable (unwilling) to tackle the major financial issues that are about to overwhelm the country? What crisis will it take for our dysfunctional Congress and White House to experience before a compromise is reached to restore confidence in the people?

Bruce Bartlett, a former senior policy adviser for several previous administrations, has some thoughts on this topic. I think they are worth considering. The political leaders of both parties are equally responsible for the Washington stalemate and until the current climate changes, Congress and the White House will be content to simply “kick the can down the road.”

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 2:09 PM
Simple lesson teaches valuable insight
By Byron McNutt

THIS IS A BANNER year for elections in Wisconsin. Last week was the big Spring Primary; we could have the Recall Primary May 8, followed by the Recall General Election June 5. There will be the Presidential General Elections Nov. 6. Who knows, we could have additional special elections thrown in.
Over the years I’ve never voted straight party, but I have voted at times for all Republicans and other times I’ve voted for all Democrats. Usually it’s a few of each as I vote for the man or woman who represents the best choice.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 2:10 PM
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

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