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Byron McNutt

People Make the Difference

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


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

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