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Byron McNutt

People Make the Difference

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


Are you a wannabe farmer?
By Byron McNutt

THE VILAS AND Oneida county fairs were presented the last two weeks and that got me to thinking. We might not have many traditional farms here in the North Woods per se, but we have a few wannabes.

Still, you might enjoy the following piece I clipped from the Platte, S.D., Enterprise nearly 20 years ago. The article answers the question: You might be a farmer if:

Your dog rides in your truck more than your wife. You wave at every vehicle whether you know them or not.

You have convinced your wife that an overnight

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 5:17 PM
Truths for mature adults
By Byron McNutt

WHEN IT?COMES to America’s economic philosophy, our two major political parties have very different road maps guiding them. Both tenets are backed by leading academic economists, and have merit.

There are times in the economic cycle that call for these perspectives. There are times when we have to bite the bullet and do what is necessary, even if it seems to defy common economic sense.

When it comes to the federal budget, and charting our

Tuesday, August 06, 2013 4:26 PM
Can we reverse the slide?
By Byron McNutt

LAST WEEK, Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid sullenly said that when he went to Washington 30 years ago the approval rating of Congress was at 45%. Today, according to the Gallup polling organization, the rating is a dismal 10%, the lowest it has ever been.

We should all be concerned about this. The current state of political paralysis is being called a “crisis of confidence” in this great country. Many are warning that, if we don’t act, our political dysfunction could become permanent.

Reversing this destructive trend is a key to future American progress. Without a change, America will continue losing respect around the world and will suffer further defeats in international competitiveness. We need a sense of shared purpose.

If we really want to stop this slide from grace, get America

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 3:08 PM
Government is like bad theater
By Byron McNutt

MANY AMERICANS are convinced their elected leaders in Washington, and in most state capitols, have willingly turned their honorable commitment to public service into a career of self-service.

It is very popular nowadays to talk about the dysfunction rampant in state and federal government. Our legislative bodies have a very low approval and performance rating. It is very easy to understand this because the two parties seem to be deadlocked 50-50 and there is very little optimism for compromise.

Just last week, Senate democratic leaders threatened to

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 5:14 PM
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

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