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Byron McNutt

People Make the Difference

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


Taking stock of our blessings on Thanksgiving


By Byron McNutt

Thanksgiving is the time of year when we should all stop and take a long, hard look at what we have been blessed with by being Americans.

Thanksgiving celebrations often take us back to our roots. Not all people are proud of where they come from, especially if it is a small town in the middle of nowhere. Some consider it a blessing.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 7:33 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, November 22, 2011 7:57 PM )
Along life's road, are we missing any rewards?
By Byron McNutt

Following is an old story with a timely message. Over any period of time there are things that go right and things that don’t go right. How we react or respond to those situations makes all the difference. During this holiday season, see if there is something you might be missing.
An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 7:32 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, November 15, 2011 7:38 PM )
Are your beliefs based on misconceptions?
By Byron McNutt

IT’S FUNNY how many of our perceptions about things can be based on broad generalizations and misconceptions. I read an article last week based on the findings of a Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania professor who was making a presentation at a Philadelphia conference.
He cited three misconceptions. The first was: Most of what Americans spend their money on is made in China. Fact: Just 2.7% of personal consumption expenditures go to Chinese-made goods and services. 88.5% of U.S. consumer spending is on American-made goods and

Tuesday, November 08, 2011 8:27 PM
Is the full college experience still affordable?
By Byron McNutt

What should we learn from the announcement that total U.S. student-loan debt has now exceeded $1 trillion and that debt actually tops outstanding credit-card debt for the first time? Should we be concerned? Should we be re-evaluating the college experience?
Millions of students take four to six years to earn degrees in majors that often do not prepare them for jobs after graduation. Millions of students graduate with student-loan debt that could total $20,000 to $100,000. A married couple might double that amount! When they can’t find work in this tough economy, they will struggle with the debt, and they can’t get relief via bankruptcy.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011 2:50 PM
Are we being too critical about our government?
By Byron McNutt

While going through my files, I found this July 3, 1990, column by Milwaukee Sentinel staff writer Alex Thien. He started by saying it was his annual rage. He wrote 21 years ago:
“There is something terribly wrong with the way things are going at every level of government. Everyone in Washington says we’re not paying enough taxes. The same is true here at home.
“At the same time, we’re also told we aren’t doing our fair share, that we should contribute more to worthy causes. To top it off, we’re urged to buy a new car, a new home or something else equally expensive to keep the economy from collapsing.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 2:48 PM
Did al-Awlaki deserve his day in U.S. court?
By Byron McNutt

ACCORDING TO Pentagon estimates, there have been about 2,000 foreign militants killed by U.S. drone attacks, plus one U.S. citizen. Some people have a problem with that. What do you think?
Did U.S. citizen and al-Qaeda terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki, the New Mexico-born radical Islamist cleric, deserve due process before being assassinated by a U.S. drone missile in the wilds of Yemen while riding in a vehicle on Sept. 30?
A number of liberals have argued that very few U.S. citizens should ever be assassinated by

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 10:39 AM
Our national pastime: Gaming the system
By Byron McNutt

The bitter political battle in Washington is setting us up for at least 13 more months of contentious partisan gridlock. That will make the 2012 general election very interesting, but not in a good way. Odds are, Americans will become less enchanted with politics.
Groucho Marx once said, “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.”
Someone once explained our problem in these words: “When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work, because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 2:46 PM
Rampant waste, fraud need our attention

“LEARNED SCHOLARS still debate the reasons for the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. Learned scholars of the future, looking back on our decline and fall, may simply be baffled as to how we could have been so stupid,” said Thomas Sowell.
Wasteful government spending, trillion-dollar budget deficits and rampant fraud abuses have brought fiscal responsibility back into the national spotlight. Even the most useless programs are passionately supported by the armies of recipients,

Tuesday, October 04, 2011 12:31 PM
United we can survive; divided we will decline
By Byron McNutt

IT’S HARD to be optimistic about a compromise coming out of Washington in the coming months regarding the federal deficit plan, or a recovery jobs plan to jump-start the economy.
Our government is hopelessly divided. Any proposals will be the work of smoke and mirrors.
The 12-member super committee’s recommendations will be trivialized and summarily rejected by a stubborn partisan congress and white house. Why so much pessimism?
The two parties have already started the 2012 election process. That is bad news for all Americans. As a result, the people have a gloomy outlook. They are pessimistic: 80% feel we are

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 1:45 PM
Our Constitution is a citizen's responsibility
By Byron McNutt

OUR REPUBLIC is as much endangered today by the indifference of millions of people, inheritors of the traditions and opportunities of this greatest of all nations, to their own duties and responsibilities, as it is by the activities of the open and secret enemies of American institutions.
This is Constitution Week, Sept. 17-23. Half of our citizens do not take the trouble to vote. Most of the remainder consider their duty to their country discharged when they have cast their ballot and go about their business during the intervals between political campaigns, giving little or no thoughts to the national welfare.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 10:45 AM

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