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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.


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
Going the extra mile free of traffic jams
By Byron McNutt

The following piece, titled “Ten Cannots,” was written in 1916 by the Rev. William J.H. Boetcker, a Presbyterian clergyman who had given up the pulpit to lecture on industrial relations. Some people have credited the article to Abraham Lincoln, but I do not believe that is true.
I thought this message was especially appropriate now considering the turmoil we’ve experienced the past few months, both in Madison and Washington. To our future political candidates, you could use the following as a proven platform for your campaign.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011 1:43 PM
Seniors were green before green was hip
By Byron McNutt

It’s no surprise the world is changing in these times of Google, Facebook, Twitter and Apple, otherwise known as the era of the social media. There is a striking disconnect from generation to generation. Here’s an example of “the green thing.”
In the checkout line at the grocery store, the young cashier told an older woman, who was a very young 60, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags aren’t good for the environment.
The woman apologized to her and explained, “We didn’t have ‘the green thing’ in my day.”

Tuesday, August 02, 2011 10:39 AM
Whatever work you do, always do your best
By Byron McNutt

HAVE YOU EVER said, “I just don’t have time to do every job my boss wants me to do perfectly. I admit it, sometimes I get in a hurry and I cut corners.”
As a result of this laziness, we have to find time at a later time to redo the project, and this time we have to do it right. Life is full of such situations. And, if we have learned anything, it is to save time and do things right the first time.
Here’s a story that illustrates the point.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 10:38 AM
Life's lessons aren't always defined in black/white
By Byron McNutt

HERE’S HOPING you are having a nice summer vacation season. It is a good time to reflect on life’s little mysteries. The following essay was shared with me by local friends who got it from friends of theirs.
I believe — that just because two people argue, it doesn’t mean they don’t love each other. And just because they don’t argue, it doesn’t mean they do.
I believe — that we don’t have to change friends if we understand that friends change.
I believe — that no matter how good a friend is, they’re going to hurt you every once in a while

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 10:55 AM
America still the engine driving the future
By Byron McNutt

In these troubling times, Bard College professor Walter Mead says, “While the 21st century will be tumultuous, the United States is better positioned to adapt than is China, Europe or the Arab world.” The future still belongs to America.
Wealthy investor Warren Buffet often says, “Blessed is the baby born today in the United States. That baby still has the best opportunity for a long, successful life.”
At the same time, the late Russian/American novelist Ayn Rand is quoted saying, “You can avoid

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 11:09 AM
The story of Adam and Eve's pets
By Byron McNutt

After careful Bible study, this story has been translated many times and has been shared with millions of dog and cat owners. The story has survived the test of time.
Adam and Eve said, “Lord, when we were in the garden, you walked with us every day. Now we do not see you anymore. We are lonesome here, and it is difficult for us to remember how much you love us.”
And God said, “I will create a companion for you that will be with you and who will be a reflection

Tuesday, July 05, 2011 11:59 AM

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