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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.

 



There’s no gain without pain
By Byron McNutt

WE LIVE IN a culture that worships comfort. During the 20th Century we saw the greatest assault on discomfort in the history of the human race. That was the conclusion of author Edwin Bliss when he wrote “Getting Things Done” in 1976.

I’m wondering what writers will say about the changes we’ve seen in the early stages of the 21st Century. At the rate we are going, there will be more life-altering changes in communications, technology and medicine in the first 20 years than were achieved in the entire 20th Century.

Back to Bliss’ essay. We have learned to control our

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 10:42 AM
 
What baseball fans need to know
By Byron McNutt

SUPPLYING FANS with a glossary of terms related to their favorite sport has become a popular feature. You see it in hunting magazines, fishing articles, football periodicals, everywhere.

It is no different for baseball. Baseball broadcasters start each season using the same clichés and baseball terminology, never giving a thought to whether or not their audience understands just what they are describing.

In a March 28, 1984 (30 years ago) column in the Oshkosh Northwestern, staff sportswriter Tom Woodrow decided to put this injustice to rest. He painstakingly broke down, perhaps even destroyed, all the baseball clichés and descriptive terms that broadcasters have taken decades to establish.

A big baseball fan, Woodrow also had a

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 9:36 AM
 
OK chowhounds: Come and get it!
By Byron McNutt

THERE’S A GOOD reason why Americans have an obesity problem. The average American will consume an incredible 55 tons of food and drink during his or her life. That’s some food bill. The human body is one amazing, efficient machine.

If you were asked to list those items on which you will spend the most money during your lifetime, a home and cars would probably top the list. Another major expenditure, food, would likely not be mentioned among the top five.

The average American consumes nine pigs,

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 11:32 AM
 
2015 budget: The devils in the details
By Byron McNutt

ON MARCH 4 President Obama sent Congress his 2015 budget request which the GOP says is his first budget in 6 years. Because this is a mid-term election year, there is very little chance of a bipartisan agreement.

Not surprisingly, the budget proposal has generated a lot of debate. GOP leaders have called the document “irresponsible” because of Obama’s $56 billion wish list, the budget’s $250 billion spending increase and the projected $564 billion deficit.

Democrat leaders say the budget highlights core party ideals which help the young,

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 10:58 AM
 
Be your own patient safety advocate
By Byron McNutt

WOULD YOU BE surprised to learn: “There are more deaths in hospitals each year from preventable medical mistakes than there are from vehicle accidents, breast cancer and AIDS.

“Accidents, errors and infections occur far too often in hospitals, killing as many as 200,000 people every year and injuring millions more,” according to Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

Binder’s findings were published in a supplement distributed by Mediaplanet in USA Today recently. The supplement stresses patient safety and offered several articles on how patients can protect themselves.

If you or a family member enters the hospital,

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 1:19 PM
 
Making people care is genius
By Byron McNutt

THE TRUE MIRACLEworker today is the one who can make people care. I found this thought in a publication called Good Reading about 25 years ago. The unidentified writer continued the thought with the following.

No matter what field — business, industry, education, government, sociology, the arts, religion — the ability to make people care is genius.

In industry, to make workers care about quality of products and executives care about their responsibility to people and the environment.

In education, to make students care

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 11:25 AM
 
A few more things I have learned
By Byron McNutt

SOMETIMES, snowy winter days make you think about things that you wouldn’t normally give much thought. Sitting here with three feet of snow on the ground, I couldn’t help but think about another list of “Words of Wisdom.”
This collection of “What I have learned” must run into the thousands. I have clipped these golden nuggets from various sources and you can find hundreds more by

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 12:03 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, February 25, 2014 12:05 PM )
 
Honey, your hair looks just fine
By Byron McNutt

WHAT’S YOUR favorite little white lie? Everyone has their favorite. Most people can even name at least three lies told by President Obama. This is not to single Obama out, all presidents have told their share of untruths. They are politicians after all.

Maybe you’ve told someone “This casserole is delicious, but I can’t eat another bite.” Who hasn’t said “Your baby is just beautiful.” Then there’s this one

“You made it yourself? I never would have guessed!”

Residents of the north woods sometimes brag about their ability to withstand a long,

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 12:35 PM
 
Children learn the value of rules
By Byron McNutt

WE ALL FOLLOW the rules, right? Well, most of the time we do. Rules may sometimes seem like they’re undesirable restrictions, but actually they create a situation where real freedom can be enjoyed.
A former colleague in the printing business illustrated the value of playing by the rules when she shared this story with our associates back in 1992. The essay is titled “The Importance of Rules.”
A family had purchased a cabin on a beautiful lake, and they were preparing to vacation there. Before leaving, the father proposed a list of rules that would govern the family’s activities while at the cabin. But the two teenagers in the family objected to the rules.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:24 PM
 
Don't waste recycling opportunities
By Byron McNutt

LET’S BE HONEST. Americans are voracious consumers but they are lazy and indifferent when it comes to conserving the Earth’s precious natural resources.
Americans represent 5% of the world’s population, but generate 30% of the world’s garbage. U.S. waste disposal costs exceed $100 billion annually.
While it might seem our friends and neighbors do a good job sorting recyclables, we’re told that less than 2% of the total waste stream in the U.S. is recycled. There is plenty of room for improvement.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014 1:03 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, February 04, 2014 2:46 PM )
 
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