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Byron McNutt

People Make the Difference

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


‘The power of positive thinking’
By Byron McNutt

“AMERICA CANNOT be the great nation it was destined to be, unless we restore to it the faith in the old American principle of resourceful, resolute human beings standing as individuals.”

That is a quote by the late Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. He was a minister and author. He wrote the book, “The Power of Positive Thinking.” Dr. Peale died 20 years ago at age 95. We seem to be missing men and women like him today.

The real secret to success is adopting seven values and living

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 12:04 PM
Upon further video review
By Byron McNutt

A BIG PART of our fascination with sporting events is the unscripted spectacle of human drama. Purists argue that the overuse of video replay could kill that element of the game.

You make the call.

Many devout fans remind us: “It’s not baseball if you can’t hate the umpire.” This idea was shared by Jerry Cianciolo of Boston in a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. He is a sports fan, writer and chief editor at Emerson and Church, Publishers.

Instant video review

Tuesday, September 03, 2013 2:59 PM
America is still the land of opportunity
By Byron McNutt

IT IS INTERESTING to note that today’s high school and college graduates may have, or may change jobs, 15 times during their working careers. How times have changed in the last few generations when workers would stay with one employer for 40 years.

As we celebrate Labor Day this weekend, it is good to know that being useful is the best job security you’ll ever have. It is also important to be flexible and be able to adjust to our changing world.

Labor Day is a good time to remind ourselves that there is honor in all work, no matter what kind of work it is. We all have God-given talents and we need to discover them. We need to be exposed to a variety of opportunities in order to find our calling.

This reminds me of something English

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 12:11 PM
Helping your child succeed
By Byron McNutt

SCHOOLS ARE about to open around the area. Could this year be the best ever for your child? What can you do to help make that happen?

Here’s an interesting observation. Some education experts contend that what young people learn in the first four to five years of school is used all their lives, the basic skills. What they learn in the four to five years of college may have very little value to their

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 4:44 PM
Are you a wannabe farmer?
By Byron McNutt

THE VILAS AND Oneida county fairs were presented the last two weeks and that got me to thinking. We might not have many traditional farms here in the North Woods per se, but we have a few wannabes.

Still, you might enjoy the following piece I clipped from the Platte, S.D., Enterprise nearly 20 years ago. The article answers the question: You might be a farmer if:

Your dog rides in your truck more than your wife. You wave at every vehicle whether you know them or not.

You have convinced your wife that an overnight

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 5:17 PM
Truths for mature adults
By Byron McNutt

WHEN IT?COMES to America’s economic philosophy, our two major political parties have very different road maps guiding them. Both tenets are backed by leading academic economists, and have merit.

There are times in the economic cycle that call for these perspectives. There are times when we have to bite the bullet and do what is necessary, even if it seems to defy common economic sense.

When it comes to the federal budget, and charting our

Tuesday, August 06, 2013 4:26 PM
Can we reverse the slide?
By Byron McNutt

LAST WEEK, Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid sullenly said that when he went to Washington 30 years ago the approval rating of Congress was at 45%. Today, according to the Gallup polling organization, the rating is a dismal 10%, the lowest it has ever been.

We should all be concerned about this. The current state of political paralysis is being called a “crisis of confidence” in this great country. Many are warning that, if we don’t act, our political dysfunction could become permanent.

Reversing this destructive trend is a key to future American progress. Without a change, America will continue losing respect around the world and will suffer further defeats in international competitiveness. We need a sense of shared purpose.

If we really want to stop this slide from grace, get America

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 3:08 PM
Government is like bad theater
By Byron McNutt

MANY AMERICANS are convinced their elected leaders in Washington, and in most state capitols, have willingly turned their honorable commitment to public service into a career of self-service.

It is very popular nowadays to talk about the dysfunction rampant in state and federal government. Our legislative bodies have a very low approval and performance rating. It is very easy to understand this because the two parties seem to be deadlocked 50-50 and there is very little optimism for compromise.

Just last week, Senate democratic leaders threatened to

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 5:14 PM
Will ‘invincibles’ doom Obamacare?
By Byron McNutt

THEY ARE BEING called “the young invincibles.” They are the millions of young people around America who are taking the stand: “I don’t feel I should pay for something I don’t use. I shouldn’t be penalized for having good health.”

These healthy young people want to opt out of buying health insurance which is a keystone of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The first year penalty for opting out is only $100. The penalty jumps to $695, or 2.5% of taxable income, whichever is more, by 2016.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 5:40 PM
Signs you’re getting older
By Byron McNutt

A FEW DAYS ago I overheard three young gray-haired couples (probably about 65 years old) talking about what they did when they were growing up versus what today’s youngsters do.

One of the ladies said to the others, “But seriously, I just don’t feel like I’m growing any older.” Her husband laughed sheepishly and just rolled his eyes. That’s an indication of his years of experience.

That reminded me of this list. You are growing older if:

After painting the town red, you have to take

Tuesday, July 09, 2013 2:23 PM

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