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Byron McNutt

People Make the Difference


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

 



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 )
 
The life of one solitary man
By Byron McNutt

IT’S THE REASON for the season: it’s a short story titled One Solitary Life, the life of Jesus Christ. No other man, army or movement has affected the earth as much as this one person.

This essay was sent to me last week by my uncle the Rev. Carroll Lee McNutt who lives in Indiana. It was a sermon written by Dr. James Francis for his Philadelphia congregation in 1926. It chronicles the short life of Jesus. Think about it.

He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in still another village where he worked in a carpenter shop until he was 30. Then for three years he was an itinerant preacher.

He never wrote a book. He never held an office.

Monday, December 23, 2013 11:57 AM
 
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