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Byron McNutt

People Make the Difference


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

 



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
 
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