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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.


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
Essayists: If we're only sick, we can get well
By Byron McNutt

THERE ARE THOSE who claim ours is a “sick” society — that our country is sick, our government is sick, that we are sick. Well, maybe they’re right?
Our leaders in Washington (Congress and the White House) have helped create a crisis of confidence. Public opinion polls tell us we have a record-low confidence level with their job performance. Americans don’t think they have shown leadership and they haven’t proposed adequate ideas on what to do to solve the economic crisis and create the 20 million jobs that are needed.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 1:26 PM
What's wrong with skinny people?
By Byron McNutt

I had an interesting discussion with a young friend the other day as we observed a steady flow of people walking past our table. A majority of the people were at least a little over their optimal weight range, but a few were well below the accepted standard.
Actually, they were skinny and, with that in mind, we came up with lots of ideas on “What’s wrong with skinny people?”
Skinny people can get involved in a project and skip lunch and not even notice. Many of those

Tuesday, September 06, 2011 1:56 PM
Time to give our young people their due
By Byron McNutt

IF THERE’S one thing newspapers all over the nation are accused of week in and week out, it’s that we only print the bad news, particularly where young people are concerned.
That may or may not be true. We tend to think too many readers remember only the bad news and forget all the printed matter concerning school activities, awards, scholarships, athletic accomplishments, etc.
We feel with schools starting once again, we should remind readers of some unique statistics

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 10:57 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, August 30, 2011 11:02 AM )
Wimpy's character was ahead of his time
By Byron McNutt

Back in 1932, J. Wellington Wimpy of Popeye fame made the now famous offer: “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” Wimpy was slightly ahead of his time.
If Mr. Wimpy was to make that offer today, it might be “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a super-sized bacon cheeseburger, large order of fries and an extra large soda.”
It says two things about current Americans. One: We have an unhealthy diet loaded with fat, sugar, salt, calories and preservatives. Two: We can’t pay our bills until some later time.
Americans have an insatiable appetite for food and credit. They can be found everywhere. We

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 12:59 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, August 23, 2011 1:35 PM )
Father's letter to teacher spans three generations
By Byron McNutt

MILLIONS OF young people, and tens of thousands of teachers, are preparing for a new school year to begin in the coming weeks. The following letter was written about 50 years ago by a young father and sent to his son’s teacher. Twenty years ago, a copy of the letter was sent to the teacher of the author’s grandson. The message is as true today as it was back then.
Tuesday, our 5-year-old Benny will turn his back on babyhood — and, to some extent, on his mother and father — as he trots off to school. We happen to feel that most public schools are too soft, too crowded and too little concerned with the fundamentals. We do not blame anyone on the

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 1:39 PM

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