Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
March 09, 2012 Elizabeth Gross   

Elizabeth Gross, Citizen Reporter

We all know that person; the one with the cause, the chip on their shoulder, who wants you to see everything their way. No matter the movement they seem to jump up on their metaphorical soap box to tell the world what they are doing wrong. While some people are worse than others, everyone has had a time when they feel so passionately about something that they have to let the world know about it. Some take the time to listen, while others may roll their eyes and tell you to “get off your soap box.”

During my first year of college, I became more political and passionate about the world around me. My friends used to always joke that I would one day be in the middle of some large protest with a megaphone, standing on some crate. When I graduated from high school, I actually told people that someone needed to get me a soap box, a wooden crate I could take with me, so whenever I felt the need to tell the world how I felt, I could jump up on my soap box. Lately I became curious about where this phrase came from. Why a soapbox?

There really is no exact origin of the phrase. It is an idiom that came into our culture and just stuck. The soap box itself does in fact have a history. In the early 1900s soap was delivered to retailers in large wooden crates. After the soap was unloaded, the boxes were discarded in the alleyway. The construction of the box was very sturdy. This made wonderful platforms for street corner entertainers and public speakers. American children would take these old boxes, craft four wheels and create a makeshift car. According to the Massachuts State Historical Society, soapbox orators provided education and entertainment for people of limited means, recruited members for the labor and suffrage movements and other causes and campaigns. The act of speaking on a soap box was referred to as “soapboxing.”

Soap box performers were needed during the Industrial Revolution. The speaker’s job was to rally and educate their workers on what they had felt at the time was unfair work conditions. A “soap boxer” had to be a talented performer. They had to be quick on their feet and able to turn what could possibly be a hostile crowd to work in their favor. If they couldn’t get the crowd rallied in their favor, many soap boxers where chased off by a crowd of angry people. As time went on the soap box concept stayed the same but the protests have changed. During the civil rights movement of the 1960s many protestors used soapboxes to rally against racism. Layfette Park in front of the White House is now known as the Citizens Soap Box.

Layfette Park saw its first group of protestors in the 1920s during the women’s suffrage movement. In 1916, women pitched in front of the White House demanding that there be a committee dedicated to help gain women the right to vote. By 1920, that committee was created and women won their right to vote.

After the attack on protestors in Alabama during the Civil Rights movement many people gathered at Layfette Park and performed a sit in. Their mission was to get President Johnson to agree to send troops to protect the protestors in Alabama.

During the late 1960s and early ‘70s, Layfette Park was also witness to Mayday of 1971, a protest that threatened to shut down the government completely, making it hard to function. The idea of the protest was to put more pressure on the Nixon administration to end the war in Vietnam. This protest led to the largest mass arrest in the history of the United States when police arrested 12,614 protestors. In the 1970s and ‘80s Layfette became the protesting ground of the nuclear disarmament movement. When Roe vs. Wade was signed into law, many members of the anti- abortion movement gathered to protest the decision.

When the Occupy Wall Street movement started, it was the first time in many years that people took to the street to express their opinion. What makes this movement different from the ones before it was that it was able to use technology to get their message across. Even though technology has evolved, the need to stand up and express our opinion never went away.

Today, many people “get on their soapbox” and express their opinion via blogging. If you do a Google search on “my soapbox” you will get over 23,600,000 results. A majority of these websites are blogs or columns from newspapers. Each of these blogs has become a digital soapbox, still capturing the spirit of their wooden crate counterparts.

I guess the reason no one can give a certain history of the phrase is because the soap box is really a symbol. It is a reminder of our right to free speech. Whether you hit the streets to express your opinion, or write in an online forum or blog, it is your right.

The right to free speech is an essential freedom our founding fathers wanted for us. So if anyone ever tells you to get off your soap box, take it as a compliment. If you have ever spoken out instead of staying silent, you have the power to change the world. And if you have something to say, speak up. In our ever-changing world, we need your voice.

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1730Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
1724Letter to the Editor
1704Observations Only : The orphanage
1698My mini Pen and me
1685Teen Voice: March Madness
1682Observations Only : Mission accomplished
1664Our view . . .Sports Complex
1652Completely Different: Your local government and you
1650Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
1642Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
1638Observations only : Sisters of the world
1638Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
1633Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
1630Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
1627From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
1623Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
1621Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
1621Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
1604Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
1593Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
1586Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
1578It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
1570Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
1552Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
1551Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
1525Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
1512Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
1495Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1495From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
1456Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
1428Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1420Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1396Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
1396Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1342Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
1311Completely Different: The Quest
1307Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1283Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1222Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1211Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1206Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1188Across the Fence: Building Barns
1186Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1182The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1152Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1151Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1145Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1144Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1142From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1141From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1140Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1131Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1124Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1117Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1108Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1107Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1106From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1102Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1095Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1094No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1083Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1079Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1078From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1074Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1072Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1070The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1067From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1063A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1061Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1061Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1057Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1054Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1045Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1043Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
1038A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1036Across the Fence: On The road
1036Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1032From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1030Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1027Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1025From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
1018Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
1016Assad’s endgame
1016Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1015The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
1011Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
1010Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
1008Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
995Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
993Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
993Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
992Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
990Observations Only - Two ages of man
987Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
986Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
985Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
982The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
978A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
967Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
967Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
966Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
965From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
961From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
955A Small World: Savoring county fair days
952A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
944Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
937Observations Only: Painting a picture
936Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
934Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
929Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
926From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
925Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
922Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
918Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
916Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
914Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
913Teen Voice: Today’s television
912Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
912Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
912Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
911Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
909Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
903Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
902Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
901Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
901Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
899Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
895Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
892Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
889Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
887Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
886Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
883Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
879From the Superintendent’s Desk
879A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
878From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
877Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
876From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
875Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
875From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
872The zombie apocalypse and you
872Across The Fence: A day For thanks
871From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
869Observations Only: A new direction
869From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
867Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
867Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
857Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
854Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
847Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
847Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
847 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
846Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
844Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
844From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
842Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
840Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
839Observations Only: Giving up
838Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
836Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
829Trash cans
822Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
821Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
821From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
820A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
820A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
819From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
817A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
817Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
816Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
816The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
816Teen Voice: The road of hatred
815From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
815The hills, part 1: Mustangs
815Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
813Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
813Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
808Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
807The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
806Observations Only: The joy of money
805Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
803Teen Voice: Catfished
803From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
801Teen Voice: The more the merrier
801The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
794The Block
794Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
793Observations Only: Saturday delight
793Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
793A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
793Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
793Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
791At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
789Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
787A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
785A Stray Moment: God Knows
785Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
784Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
778Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
775From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
774Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
773A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
773Observations Only: Curious things
772Life's curve balls
772Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
771A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
771Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
770Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
770A Stray Moment: Without a net
768 Taking a big risk
764A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
764Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
763Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
763The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
762Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
762A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
761Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
760Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
759Teen Voice: Not just another ride
757Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
757The ghost of Ayn Rand
756Across the Fence: The hand dug well
755Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
754A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
752Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
749Observations Only: Extreme measures
749Observations Only: Counting chickens
748The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
747Seeing the works of the master
747Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
747A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
745From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
745Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
744Observations Only: Scourge of violence
743Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
742Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
741Timing makes perfect
741Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
740Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
740Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
738The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
737View from the block
736Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
733SELL-OUT!
732Observations Only: Just around the corner
731Observations Only: Going home
731Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
726Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
725Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
724Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
724A Stray Moment: The last time
724The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
722Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
720It's no surprise
719Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
718Welcome to Gering
718Observations Only: Uneventful flight
718Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
718The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
716A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
713Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
711Rural America and immigration reform
710Teen Voice: Body image
709A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
708Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
707A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
706Observations Only: Surprises
706Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
706Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
705Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
705Teen Voice: Living within our means
704Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
703Silence please
703Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
703Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
702Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
702Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
702Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
701Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
701Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
701Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
700Do You Tube?
700A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
700Observations Only: A gift of serenity
697Observations Only: No thank you
697Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
697Observations Only: The awful truth
696The Good Life: The two different types of business people
695Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
695Observations Only: Journey's end
694Observations Only: What's in a word?
694Observations Only: Critical thinking
693Economic development update
693The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
692Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
691LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
690From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
689Age of reason
689Teen Voice: Shadow art
688From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
688Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
688Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
687Observations Only: Together again
686Teen Voice: Serendipity
684Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
684Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
683A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
681Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
681Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
681Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
678Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
677From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
677Observations Only: North Powder
676Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
676Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
674Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
672Observations Only: Sister odyssey
672A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
671Observations Only: Curious things, part II
669Observations Only: Spider adventure
668The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
666Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
666Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
665Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
665A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
663Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
663Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
662Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
661Guest Voices…
660Observations Only: Blue chip stock
659Observations Only: Sister lost
659Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
657Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
657Totally Random: My journey, life after living
652Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
649I'm falling for Tumblr?
648Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
646From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
643Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
642From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
642Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
642Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
642Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
639Permission to remember
638A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
638The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
636Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
635Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
634Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
634Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
631My Thanksgiving prayer
631Teen Voice: Being a girl
623Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
622Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
622Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
622Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
622Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
621The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
621A real leaning tree Christmas
620Our View: The elephant in the room
620The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
619Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
619Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
616Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
615Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
615Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
614Home of the Brave
613Observations Only: The meeting
613Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
612Social time has important benefits
612The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
611Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
611Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
610Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
609LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
607Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
606A Small World: Special guest
605Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
605Observations Only : White water
605Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
603Practice safe barbecue basics
603Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
601Teen Voice: Happy news
601Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
599Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
599The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
598Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
598Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
597Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
596Observations Only: Good and evil
596The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
595Our View: Bravo OTD committee
595Observations Only: Expect the best
594Remembering When
594The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
593The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
592Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
592Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
592Observations Only: A fine line
590Teeing Off: Around the Green
589A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
583Observations Only: The shadow of error
581Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
579The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
578Observations Only: Beginnings
575Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
574Observations Only: A matter of matter
572Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
567Observations Only: Indifferent love
566Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
566Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
564Teen Voice: Equality
562Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
558Observations Only: A matter of paradox
557Observations Only: Divine spirit
555Observations Only: Choices
554Completely Different - The magic of spring
554A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
552Anno Domini: We gather together
551Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
550Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
548Observations Only: Divine prompts
540Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
539Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
539Totally Random: Life’s ripples
539Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
539Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
538Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
538Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
536Teen Voice: Silence
533A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
531Observations Only: Off to the races
530Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
529Observations Only: The vision
528Observations Only: Temptation
527Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
526Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
525Observations Only: Willfulness
525Teen Voice: The need to get away
523Our View: Visionaries wanted
522Observations Only: A sad week
520Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
516Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
514Observations Only: The need to understand
514Totally Random: October, the pink month
513Lyman Review: Devil calf
510A Halloween Story: The scary dream
509Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
507Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
504Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
498Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
498Building Bridges: Love your enemies
494Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
493Teen Voice: Stress test
492Teeing Off: Persistence
492Teeing Off: Mind Gym
492Observations Only: A good daughter
492Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
490Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
488Across the Fence: The Pony Express
486Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
485Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
476Teen Voice: The rivalry
476Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
475Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
469Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
468Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
467Teen Voice: Footprints
466Teeing Off: The thing about state
466Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
464Observations Only: Waiting time
460Observations Only: Saint Marge
458Teen Voice: Remember what you have
458Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
457Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
456Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
455Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
453Teen Voice: The Other Side
450Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
448Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
446Lyman Review: The love goat
443Observations Only: Reality check
443Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
437Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
436Teen Voice: What is love?
436Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
435Anno Domini: On this remembering day
434Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
431Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
429Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
427Totally Random: Happy Halloween
425Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
424Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
424Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
423Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
423Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
419Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
418Observations Only: Gone away
414Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
413Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
409Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
408Observations Only: Hog wash
408Teen Voice: My rebellion
408Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
407No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
406Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
405Teen Voice: Self-expression
404Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
404Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
401Lyman Review: One mean chicken
396 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
394Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
390Why you should visit the zoo in February
386Observations Only: The visit
384The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
383From the Hill: More Work Ahead
383Teen Voice: Cyber War
381Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
380
380Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
374Observations Only: A day in August
374At the Library: March into a good book
372Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
370Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
368Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
365Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
364SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
359Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
359Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
357Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
354Observations Only: The last goodbye
349Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
347Observations Only: Final moment
346Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
346No-Till Notes: Looking Back
343Observations Only: One more time
343No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
342Teen Voice: The gift of caring
339Teen Voice: To the future
338Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
338Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
337Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
336Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
335What’s really going on with our water?
334Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
331Teen Voice: Where is the love?
330Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
328Across The Fence: Last Christmas
325Observations Only: The last toothpick
324Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
323Our View: Community responsible for kids
323Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
323Lyman Review: Branding Time
322Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
318Totally Random: Trusting the fates
317Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
313Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
312Nature Notes: Love is in the air
310View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
309Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
305Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
305Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
301Totally Random: Where does it go?
300Observations Only: The vigil
300Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
298Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
297Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
297Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
296In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
295Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
295Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
295Their View: Goal post move unfair
294Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
291In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
289Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
287Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
284Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
283At the Monument: Junior Rangers
279Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
276Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
275Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
275Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
271Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
270Religious freedom must be protected
269Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
267Lyman Review: Winter's dog
267For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
266Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
266Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
264Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
257At the Monument: That old (historic) building
257In the Hills: Explore the state parks
257In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
257Linked Lives
256Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
256Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
254Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
254At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
247Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
244Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
243Lyman Review: Dog fun
242Across the Fence: Amanda
241Support emergency services personnel
239Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
238At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
238College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
237Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
235Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
234Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
233Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
230Teen Voice: Inspire me
228Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
228Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
227Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
226Greetings from the State Capitol
226At the Monument: Where are the animals?
225Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
223No-till Notes: Moving forward
223From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
221Website Resources
218Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
211New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
210No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
210Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
208Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
208Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
207No-Till Notes: Back in the field
207History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
206Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
200View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
200Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
200Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
195Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
195Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
195Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
194Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
193No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
192Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
191At the Monument: Art in National Parks
189Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
187Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
184At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
183No-til Notes: Changing plans
176Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
166No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
163Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
160Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
159Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
153Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
142Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
133Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
132Synchronicity:What brings me back
132Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
126No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
118Be kind through communications
107Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
102Letters to the Editor
93Letter to the editor
65Fourth of July meetings
64Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
54Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
50In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
47Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
29Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
1Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
1Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
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