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Byron McNutt

People Make the Difference


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

 



There are always winners and losers
By Byron McNutt

TRYING TO SOLVE America’s most pressing economic and social problems in a fair and balanced way sounds like an honorable goal, but in reality, it’s nearly impossible because we all have different perspectives on what is fair.

The fact is, no matter what we decide, no matter what we do, there will always be winners and losers. No one is happy, or wants to be, a loser.

Try to think of any government-initiated solution to an economic or social prob-lem that hasn’t had winners and losers. If you think the resolution to a problem was a win-win, just wait until it is implemented and the victims (losers) will express outrage.

Try to think of a government

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 11:01 AM
 
Veterans are all around us
By Byron McNutt

MONDAY IS VETERANS Day. I’ve heard people say they’d like to honor a vet but they aren’t sure if they know a veteran.

Veterans are our neighbors. They are our teachers, our law enforcement officers, the person who helps us at our favorite store, the elder at our church or she could be our co-worker’s daughter who just got out of the Navy and now works at a high-tech firm.

Monday is Veterans Day, a day when veterans of all ages stand together for America.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013 11:58 AM
 
Monday morning quarterbacking
By Byron McNutt

WOULD YOU LIKE to be president of the universe for a day or two? During your reign, you would have the power to solve most of the economic and social problems weighing on the country. As president, you would have the attention of “all those idiots in charge” and could tell them how to restore consumer confidence, recharge the economic system, balance the deficit, create 10 million good jobs for all workers, make health care available and affordable for everyone, rescue the middle class and solve the funding obligations of Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid.

If you listen to all the economists, business school professors,

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 11:10 AM
 
Question: Can we govern ourselves?
By Byron McNutt

ON SUNDAY, OCT. 13, there was a demonstration in Washington, D.C., billed as the Million Vet March. Maybe we need more of those events, but with 5 million of our veterans marching to the Capitol and the White House to demand a cease fire to the dysfunction of partisan politics.

Americans are disgusted with the acrimony in government. What better way to get the message across to this Congress and White House than to have 5 million of our most admired and respected citizens, our revered military heroes, descend en masse on the streets and in the hallways of the government.

Our country has changed so dramatically in the last 30 years that many

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 2:59 PM
 
Happiness is like a butterfly
By Byron McNutt

HERE’S AN intriguing thought: Stop for a moment and ponder the way things used to be. For this exercise, let’s narrow the focus to reflections of happiness.

This is an opportunity to treasure memories from the good old days. Some of you might enjoy a trip down memory lane. Others may cringe to think of the way things used to be. You might be relieved that the past is history.

You may only want to embrace the present and dream of better days ahead as the world races into a brighter future. Digging thru my files, I found a five-year-old column by Mark Gaedtke of the Tomahawk Leader sharing a collection of observations on happiness. Gaedtke admits he borrowed the idea from Bob Phillips.

There are thousands of observations on happiness.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 2:53 PM
 
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