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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.


25 ways we're different this Christmas season
By Byron McNutt

A friend commented the other day that he was reading the papers, catching up on the news, when he realized he hadn’t read any articles that mentioned the fact that we should be celebrating the birth of Christ this Christmas.
Was this a case of trying to be politically correct? I noted that there have been quite a few Christmas-themed shows and movies on TV. The point he was making was the media is telling us how critical the holiday season is to the economy, but we shouldn’t forget the true reason for the season!
This occasion reminded me of an article published in the Dec. 20, 2001, edition of The Delphos Herald in Delphos, Ohio. That was shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America. I saved the article and I thought it would be appropriate to reprint it this week. The author or compiler of the list is not known. A very nice presentation of the list can also be found on the Internet.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 2:49 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, December 20, 2011 7:30 PM )
Many of life's problems can be solved by looking up
By Byron McNutt

SOMETIMES LIFE THROWS us a curve. If we let them, our problems can overwhelm us. When we are faced with trials and tribulations, we should remember the following story about the buzzard, the bat and the bumblebee.
The essay was sent to me about five years ago. Research says the author is unknown and the analogy used may be flawed but the message is still important as the story has been shared with friends for many years.
Buzzard — If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and is entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 6:49 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, December 20, 2011 7:35 PM )
Warm The Children enjoys communitywide support
By Byron McNutt

WHEN WE MADE the decision to sponsor the Warm The Children (WTC) program 15 years ago, we set a goal to raise between $10,000 and $12,000 and shop for about 150 area children. We worried, What if we spend a lot more than we take in?

Tuesday, December 06, 2011 6:22 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, December 20, 2011 7:35 PM )
Taste test proves venison comparable to beef
By Byron McNutt

CONTROVERSY HAS  raged about the relative quality of venison and beef as gourmet foods.
Some people say that venison is tough, with a strong “wild” taste. Others insist that venison is tender and that its flavor is delicate. About 13 years ago, the University of Wisconsin Foods Research Department conducted a taste test to determine the truth of these conflicting assertions.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 1:25 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, December 20, 2011 7:36 PM )
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

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