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Byron McNutt

People Make the Difference


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

 



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 )
 
Getting arrested a common experience
By Byron McNutt

CAN ?THIS BE true? By the time they reach age 23, almost a third (30.2%) of Americans have been arrested. This fact is from Crime & Delinquency, a study of data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

I first read this information in the Jan. 11, edition of the Wall Street Journal. It appeared as a Statshot, edited by David Goldenberg. I investigated this further and found an article from USA Today about a study published in Pediatrics.

The newest study analyzed data collected between 1997 and 2008. This arresting development is a concern because arrest records follow young people as adults when they seek student loans, apply for jobs and try to get housing.

It’s important to note that not all arrests result in criminal charges.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 9:52 AM
 
This tide not lifting all boats
By Byron McNutt

HOW DOES THIS happen in America? The world’s largest, most powerful, economy with a $17 trillion gross domestic product (GDP) has trouble creating quality (livable wage) jobs for up to 40% of its labor force.

How is it possible that as many as 40% of our people are struggling to make ends meet and are challenged to climb above the poverty line. As we mark the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty, the topic is getting a lot of attention.

“Poverty isn’t decreasing because of increasing income inequality,”

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 11:49 AM
 
What it takes to be somebody?
By Byron McNutt

SOMETIMES THERE IS  no substitute for experience. The old man cited in the following story says, “I can only repeat what my father said to me, and the outcome is up to you.”

I clipped this story from a sister paper in Boliver, Tenn. in 2002. It was in a column written by Rubye Yopp titled “Kaleidoscope.” It did not identify the original author of these words of worth. Here goes. A man of advanced years could be found almost every afternoon resting on a certain bench at the edge of a lake. One afternoon a young man who had been aimlessly wandering down one path and another joined the silver-haired seer.

Neither made an attempt at conversation for a long time. The old man sensed the youth had a lot on his mind. “Want to talk about it?” he questioned.

“Well, I have been thinking about how I really want to count for something —

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 12:11 PM
 
Savings rates, we’ve seen it all

By Byron McNutt

REMEMBER WHEN parents and grandparents shared this pit of economic advice:

“A penny saved is a penny earned.” Nowadays, financial markets pay savers a whopping .01% interest on money market accounts, if you keep a balance of $10,000 for a full month.

You might get 1% for a one-year bank CD, or 2% for a five-year CD. That’s not much for yield-starved investors.

How rich do you feel when you receive your monthly bank statement and

Tuesday, January 07, 2014 12:08 PM
 
Brrr, adapting to cold temperatures
By Byron McNutt

WHETHER IT IS 30 degrees below zero or 90 degrees above zero with a high humidity, someone is likely to say the temperature is relative. It’s our perspective that matters.

I’ve been shivering cold in early October when the thermometer said 50 degrees, and I’ve been toasty warm in the spring when it said 40 degrees. No doubt about it, the cold we’ve had during this December has been icy cold.

The following “Temperature Conversion Guide” was found on the Internet

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:47 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:50 AM )
 
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