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Byron McNutt

People Make the Difference

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


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
Old Glory: A beacon of freedom
By Byron McNutt

OLD GLORY IS something special — the living symbol of our great land. At a time when radical Muslims riot and kill after reports of the Koran being abused, where’s the outrage when the American flag is being burned and when suicide bombers kill innocent men, women and children while holding the Koran?

While Americans justify our intervention in world squabbles as “defending the defenseless and working toward peace,” our enemies see our diplomatic and military action as unwelcome intervention.

With Friday, June 14, being Flag Day, I’d like to repeat for you this essay titled, “I Am Your Flag.” We need to remind people around the world what the American flag stands for and then it is our obligation to make sure that what our country does remains worthy of the respect.

“I was born on June 14, 1777. I am more than just cloth shaped

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 3:03 PM

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