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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.


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
Preserving America takes work
By Byron McNutt

JULY FOURTH isn’t just a day off. It’s more than barbecues, parades and parties.

The Fourth of July is a time to renew your gratitude for your good fortune to be living in the greatest country in the world.

As many have observed, one indicator of what makes a country so great is the number of people who want to get in versus how many want to leave. Good or bad, we have open borders. By just these measures alone,

Tuesday, July 02, 2013 1:52 PM
Tales future grandmas will tell
By Byron McNutt

JUST A FEW decades ago, a new product cycle might have been 5 to 10 years. Today, many new consumer products are lucky to have a one-year life span.

If you are in the technology field, your business better be reinventing itself every six months, otherwise you will be deemed obsolete in the marketplace and you will be cast on the scrap heap of one-hit wonders.

If you find yourself in an industry that the world couldn’t do without in the late 20th century, you better beware because 21st century technology is being developed right now that will make your job irrelevant.

Oh, how things change. The following story asks the question:

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 4:20 PM
Balancing security against privacy
By Byron McNutt

THIS IS THE Age of the Supercomputer. Collecting data is a big part of this revolution. This is the 21st Century and technology has made the impossible possible.

Most people have embraced this “world of information technology” and they realize their expectations of privacy have been reduced. In this evil world, you can’t be 100% safe and remain 100% private.

Most people can’t live without their smartphones, Facebook, Twitter, texting, Internet dating, GPS, shopping on eBay and and they can’t leave home without 10 credit cards. Our lives are an open book.

With that in mind, people are still shocked when their privacy is lost.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2:32 PM
Old Glory: A beacon of freedom
By Byron McNutt

OLD GLORY IS something special — the living symbol of our great land. At a time when radical Muslims riot and kill after reports of the Koran being abused, where’s the outrage when the American flag is being burned and when suicide bombers kill innocent men, women and children while holding the Koran?

While Americans justify our intervention in world squabbles as “defending the defenseless and working toward peace,” our enemies see our diplomatic and military action as unwelcome intervention.

With Friday, June 14, being Flag Day, I’d like to repeat for you this essay titled, “I Am Your Flag.” We need to remind people around the world what the American flag stands for and then it is our obligation to make sure that what our country does remains worthy of the respect.

“I was born on June 14, 1777. I am more than just cloth shaped

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 3:03 PM

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