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Byron McNutt

People Make the Difference


Byron McNutt can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or P.O. Box 1929, Eagle River, WI 54521.

 



The heartbeat of the community
By Byron McNutt

THE PRINTED newspaper is a life force — “the beating heart of a community.” It is a “warm and comfortable medium, a product able to command and sustain an audience.”

Without newspapers, America would eventually be nothing more than a collection of people simply living in the same geographic area. Do you really want to see that happen? Is that the type of community you want to call home?

As Rem Reider of USA Today said in a recent column, “It’s been fashionable for years now to write off newspapers as relics of a vanished era, as dinosaurs who are too dumb to know they are supposed to die, as orphans who have no place in the glitzy, fast-moving digital age.”

Well, Oct. 6-12 is National Newspaper Week

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 1:54 PM
 
Legend of the pink pigeon
By Byron McNutt

THE AMERICAN people can’t catch a break. The political dysfunction in Washington never seems to take a time-out. It’s no wonder the public confidence in our national leaders is at historic lows and the approval ratings for congress and the president are declining.

Look at the challenges facing them now. There’s diplomatic and military negotiations with Syria and Iran, Republicans are trying to defund the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), there’s an on-going threat of a government shutdown, the nation’s debt ceiling may not be raised putting us into default, and no one knows what may happen to the struggling economy when the Federal Reserve’s Quantitative Easing program begins tapering.

Political fighting is here to stay. What will it take to end

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 4:26 PM
 
Income inequality gap grows
By Byron McNutt

THE PAY STRUCTURE of the professional sports leagues, such as the NFL, the NBA and the MLB, seem to be a microcosm of the overall U.S. economy. That being the rich get richer at the expense of the middle class. The top 1 percent get a disproportionate share of the pie.

U.S. income inequality has been growing for nearly three decades, according to IRS figures studied by University of California-Berkeley economists. I’ll get back to pro sports comparison a little later.

There seems to be a growing resentment in America about this income inequality. A successful economic system works best when the middle class is healthy and growing.

That is not the case today. We should be concerned

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 5:18 PM
 
Insights gleaned over generations
By Byron McNutt

THERE’S NOTHING more interesting and thought provoking than words of wisdom or words from the wise — handed down generation to generation. There’s no shortage of these tidbits and I’m happy to be able to share a few with you.

Along life’s path here are some that are spoken over and over again and not really credited to any particular historian.

The girl who searches too long for a smart cookie is apt to wind up with a crumb.

If you want a place in the sun, you must expect some blisters.

The honeymoon is over when he stops

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 3:25 PM
 
‘The power of positive thinking’
By Byron McNutt

“AMERICA CANNOT be the great nation it was destined to be, unless we restore to it the faith in the old American principle of resourceful, resolute human beings standing as individuals.”

That is a quote by the late Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. He was a minister and author. He wrote the book, “The Power of Positive Thinking.” Dr. Peale died 20 years ago at age 95. We seem to be missing men and women like him today.

The real secret to success is adopting seven values and living

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 12:04 PM
 
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