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Byron McNutt

People Make the Difference


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

 



Creed summarizes our faith in America
By Byron McNutt

HERE ARE some words to ponder as we celebrate this year’s Independence Day weekend. While things have changed dramatically in recent years, some things never change.
“I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a Republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect Union, one and inseparable; established upon these principals of freedom, equality, justice and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 10:15 AM
 
Is your smartphone missing a few buttons?
By Byron McNutt

Just about everybody you and I know has acted really dumb at one time or another. Maybe it was because they’d become overly tired or perhaps they were out of their comfort zone.
Whatever the reason, you suddenly wished you didn’t know them. But don’t laugh. The chances are pretty good your best friends have gone through the same exasperating experience with you.
Then there are those people who seem to act dumb all the time. They always seem to be on a previous page when everybody else in the room is talking about the start of a new chapter.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 11:33 AM
 
We can all learn from these worthy ideals
By Byron McNutt

The following essay was written by David Weatherford and is titled “When Children Learn.” I’ve had the piece in my files for over 12 years and I thought it was time to share it with you:
When children learn that happiness is not found in what a person has but in who that person is;
When they learn that giving and forgiving are more rewarding than taking and avenging;
When they learn that suffering is not eased by self-pity, but overcome by inner resolve and spiritual strength;
When they learn that they can’t control the world around them, but they are the masters of their own souls;

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 1:58 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 14, 2011 2:02 PM )
 
Education starts, does not end, with diploma
By Byron McNutt

ANOTHER SCHOOL year has drawn to a close. High school and college graduates have been showered with words of wisdom by parents, teachers and representatives from all walks of life.
In case the graduates weren’t paying attention, here are a few messages that I feel every person should heed whether they are leaving school or are well into their life’s journey.
About eight years ago, Mark Warner, then governor of Virginia, told a graduating college class, “Every person here who is graduating should find their parents in the crowd and say, ‘Thank you and I love you.’ It’ll make them feel good and it’ll make you feel good as well because,let’s face it,

Tuesday, June 07, 2011 1:40 PM
 
Bracing for a century of unimaginable disasters
By Byron McNutt

Some planning experts say the 21st century will be a century of stunning disasters and, based on what we’ve seen the past 10 years, they may be right. Disaster forecasting, relief planning and cleanup may be growth industries.
The experts say we need to keep things in perspective. The apparent onslaught of violent, deadly and costly disasters doesn’t portend the end of the world. We just have to be prepared for more and more disasters, and have plans to deal with them.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 2:12 PM
 
Pause to remember our heroes on Memorial Day
By Byron McNutt

MEMORIAL DAY is about people — the 1.2 million U.S. military men and women who laid down their lives for their country.
On this Memorial Day, I hope Americans across the nation will pause to pay tribute not only to those who died in service, but to their friends and relatives — their “personal heroes” — who served in our nation’s wars.
They died for this nation’s freedom and for the freedom of others. They died in popular wars and they died in unpopular ones. They died for causes they believed in and causes they fought for

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 1:57 PM
 
Graduates: Don't be afraid to take a risk
By Byron McNutt

’Tis the season for high school and college graduations. Millions of graduates now feel they are ready to move on to the next challenge of their lives, whether that means going to college or trying to find a job in this tough economic world.
The next step will be exciting. Young people are entering a world full of enormous problems and complex challenges if we are to keep the American Dream alive. It is important to remain optimistic and ask: “Are you afraid to take a risk?”

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 2:03 PM
 
Enjoy those amusing almanac witticisms
By Byron McNutt

I was browsing through an old almanac the other day and came upon a list of “thought provokers.” I found them interesting as well as amusing. A list of some follows:
• You can’t judge women by their clothes these days, there isn’t enough evidence.
• A person has to work himself to death to buy labor-saving devices in this economy.
• Bargain: Something you figure out a use for after buying it.
• All this space talk about going to Mars makes one wonder if we are entering upon a new era or a new error.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 2:26 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, May 10, 2011 3:43 PM )
 
Baby boomers: memories of the way we were
By Byron McNutt

Kids today see reruns of “The Andy Griffith Show” and no doubt think life in Mayberry was no more real than what the Clampett family experienced in Beverly Hills.
But for many of us who grew up in the ’50s and ’60s, life did imitate art, we just didn’t know it at the time.
Wow! Have times changed — and I’m talking about the last five years. Not too long ago most homes had just one phone number. Yes, you probably had two to five phones, but one number.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011 1:48 PM
 
Whatever happened to the art of compromise?
By Byron McNutt

Let’s see. Our beloved country faces a deficit/debt crisis. One side says raise taxes and keep our promises no matter what. The other side says keep taxes the same, if not lower, and make adjustments to the promises to reflect the changing times. Non-negotiable!
It would appear our leaders in Madison and in Washington have a serious lack of skills in the art of compromising. Partisanship is alive and well. Votes are along party line. They have drawn lines

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 12:36 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, April 26, 2011 12:37 PM )
 
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