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Byron McNutt

People Make the Difference


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

 



Mothers: Lessons they taught us
By Byron McNutt

“I KNOW EACH and every one of our mothers had faults,” said the Rev. Val Peter.

“Some had many faults and a few were even mean, nasty and cruel. Some were too busy making a living to spend time with their children or to help them set goals. But they still deserve special praise for the good things they did.

“Rejoice on Mother’s Day for what our mothers gave us, which we received in humility and gratitude, lights up our lives. Let us praise the good gifts our mothers gave us, especially their sacrifices on our behalf. And let us thank God for them.”

Peter was executive director of Girls and Boys Town

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:29 AM
 
Dr. Gumperson’s common life mysteries
By Byron McNutt

GUMPERSON’S LAW accounts for the fact that you can throw a burnt match out the window of your speeding car and start a forest fire, while you can use two boxes of matches and an entire edition of this newspaper without being able to start a fire under the dry logs in your fireplace.

Dr. Gumperson served as a consultant to the armed services during World War II and evolved the procedure whereby the more a recruit knew about a certain subject, the better chance he had of receiving an assignment involving some other vital skill.

The law, stated simply, is that the contradictory of

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 10:29 AM
 
I’m proud to be called a square
By Byron McNutt

SQUARE! IT’S another of those good old words that have gone the way of love, modesty and patriotism. It’s something to be snickered over, or outright laughed at, why?

Some of our readers will remember a certain time. It used to be that there was no higher compliment you could pay a man than to call him a “straight-shooter.”

Charles Brower remembers those days and he wrote this essay some 30 years ago in an issue of Masonic Tribune.

But today, a square is a guy who volunteers when

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:32 AM
 
North offers quality of life
By Byron McNutt

IN PROMOTING THE advantages of living in Northern Wisconsin, what should be our major selling points?

Are our major attributes the same today as they were about 30 years ago?

Has anything changed during that time? Let’s review what futurist Robert Theobald and freelance economic development marketing consultant John Clanton had to say in 1985.

Theobald said we should make our quality

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 11:05 AM
 
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
 
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