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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839Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
834Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
833A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
831Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
825Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
822Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
815A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
813Observations Only: Painting a picture
813Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
811From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
810Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
807Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
805Observations Only: A soul’s journey
803Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
802Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
802Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
800Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
797Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
789Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
786Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
784Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
781Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
780Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
780Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
776Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
775Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
774The zombie apocalypse and you
771Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
770Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
767A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
766Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
760Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
759Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
755Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
754Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
754From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
752Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
747Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
746Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
741Observations Only: A new direction
739Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
734Teen Voice: Today’s television
726Observations Only: Giving up
726From the Superintendent’s Desk
726Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
724From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
723Trash cans
722Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
722Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
722Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
721Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
721Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
718Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
717Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
715Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
715Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
714Teen Voice: The road of hatred
714From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
713Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
712A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
712From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
711Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
709Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
708Observations Only: The joy of money
708Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
707From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
706Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
706Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
702Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
701From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
700Teen Voice: The more the merrier
697A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
697Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
696The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
696Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
691Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
690The Block
688Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
687Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
684From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
680 Taking a big risk
679Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
675From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
674Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
672Teen Voice: Catfished
671Observations Only: Saturday delight
669From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
669A Small World: Savoring county fair days
668The hills, part 1: Mustangs
668Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
667The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
667Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
664Life's curve balls
662Seeing the works of the master
662Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
662Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
660Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
657Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
657From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
655Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
655The ghost of Ayn Rand
654Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
652Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
651A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
650Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
650Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
649A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
649From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
649Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
648Observations Only: Extreme measures
647Teen Voice: Not just another ride
646Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
646Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
644Timing makes perfect
644Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
642Observations Only: Counting chickens
642Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
640Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
640Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
636Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
635SELL-OUT!
635Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
635Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
635From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
631A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
628Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
628A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
626A Stray Moment: God Knows
625Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
624A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
623It's no surprise
620Observations Only: Just around the corner
620A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
619Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
618Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
616Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
615Do You Tube?
615The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
615A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
615Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
612Observations Only: Scourge of violence
610Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
609Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
608View from the block
607The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
605Welcome to Gering
605Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
604A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
603Observations Only: What's in a word?
603The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
602From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
600Silence please
600Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
600From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
598A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
598Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
598The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
596A Stray Moment: The last time
594A Stray Moment: Without a net
593LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
590From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
590A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
590Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
589Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
588Age of reason
588Observations Only: Together again
586Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
585Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
585Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
584A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
583The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
581Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
580Economic development update
580Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
580Observations Only: Going home
580Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
579Observations Only: No thank you
578 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
577Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
577Observations Only: Curious things
577At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
576Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
575Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
573Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
573Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
571Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
571From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
568Observations Only: Surprises
568Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
567From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
567Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
566Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
561Guest Voices…
560Observations Only: Spider adventure
560Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
559Observations Only: Uneventful flight
558Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
558Teen Voice: Living within our means
557Observations Only: Sister odyssey
557Observations Only: North Powder
557Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
557Rural America and immigration reform
556Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
556Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
556A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
556Teen Voice: Body image
555Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
555Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
554Observations Only: Blue chip stock
554Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
554Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
552The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
551Observations Only: Critical thinking
549Teen Voice: Shadow art
548A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
547The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
547Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
546Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
545A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
544Across the Fence: The hand dug well
543From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
543Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
542Permission to remember
542Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
540Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
540A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
537From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
536Observations Only: The awful truth
536Across The Fence: A day For thanks
534Teen Voice: Serendipity
534Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
531The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
529Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
528Our View: The elephant in the room
527Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
526Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
525LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
525Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
525Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
523Observations Only: Journey's end
522Social time has important benefits
520Home of the Brave
518Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
516Observations Only: Curious things, part II
516Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
516Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
515From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
515Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
515Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
514Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
513Practice safe barbecue basics
513Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
510Observations Only: Sister lost
509Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
509Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
509Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
508Observations Only: The meeting
507Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
506The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
506Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
502My Thanksgiving prayer
502Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
502A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
499Our View: Bravo OTD committee
499Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
497The Good Life: The two different types of business people
495Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
493The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
493Totally Random: My journey, life after living
492I'm falling for Tumblr?
490Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
488Remembering When
488Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
486Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
485Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
485Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
485Teen Voice: Being a girl
485Observations Only: A gift of serenity
485Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
484Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
484Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
484A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
484A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
479Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
477Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
475The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
474Teen Voice: Happy news
473Observations Only : White water
471Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
468Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
462Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
460A Small World: Special guest
458Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
456Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
456Observations Only: A fine line
455Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
455Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
453Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
451Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
451Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
450Observations Only: Good and evil
450Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
449Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
448Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
447Teen Voice: Equality
447Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
444The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
443Our View: Visionaries wanted
442Observations Only: Expect the best
439Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
439Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
438Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
438A real leaning tree Christmas
435Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
433Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
427The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
425Observations Only: The shadow of error
424Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
424Observations Only: A matter of matter
423The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
423The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
423Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
421The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
421The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
420Observations Only: Indifferent love
418Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
417Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
416Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
415Observations Only: Beginnings
415Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
415Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
414Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
409Completely Different - The magic of spring
408Observations Only: Divine spirit
408Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
405Observations Only: Choices
404Observations Only: Temptation
404Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
404Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
400The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
399Totally Random: Life’s ripples
394Observations Only: Willfulness
390Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
386Observations Only: Divine prompts
386Teeing Off: Around the Green
385Teen Voice: The need to get away
382Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
382Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
381Observations Only: A matter of paradox
379A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
378A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
377Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
374Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
373A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
373Anno Domini: We gather together
371Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
370Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
370Observations Only: Off to the races
370Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
369Observations Only: The vision
364Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
363Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
363Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
362Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
358Across the Fence: The Pony Express
358Observations Only: The need to understand
358Totally Random: October, the pink month
358Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
356Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
355Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
349Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
348Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
347Observations Only: A good daughter
347Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
344Teeing Off: Mind Gym
342Teen Voice: Silence
342Building Bridges: Love your enemies
339A Halloween Story: The scary dream
336Teeing Off: Persistence
334Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
333Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
332Lyman Review: Devil calf
330Teen Voice: Stress test
328Teen Voice: Remember what you have
327Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
326Teen Voice: The Other Side
326Observations Only: A sad week
325Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
319Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
317Teeing Off: The thing about state
316Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
315Teen Voice: What is love?
314Observations Only: Waiting time
313Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
308Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
307Teen Voice: The rivalry
305Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
303Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
301Observations Only: Reality check
297Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
296Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
295Observations Only: Hog wash
291Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
291Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
289Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
288Lyman Review: The love goat
286Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
285Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
285Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
284Observations Only: Saint Marge
284Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
283Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
276Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
273Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
273Totally Random: Happy Halloween
271Lyman Review: One mean chicken
270Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
267Anno Domini: On this remembering day
267Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
267Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
265Observations Only: Gone away
261Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
258
257Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
256Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
252No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
252Teen Voice: Self-expression
251Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
248Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
246Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
245From the Hill: More Work Ahead
245Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
243Observations Only: The visit
239 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
231Teen Voice: My rebellion
230Teen Voice: Cyber War
228Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
227Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
223Observations Only: A day in August
223Why you should visit the zoo in February
221Observations Only: The last goodbye
221Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
220Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
219Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
218Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
216Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
215Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
207Teen Voice: The gift of caring
206Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
205Observations Only: Final moment
205Observations Only: The last toothpick
205Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
204No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
203Observations Only: One more time
201Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
200Totally Random: Trusting the fates
198Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
196Observations Only: The vigil
194Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
189Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
188Teen Voice: To the future
185Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
184Our View: Community responsible for kids
183Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
180Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
174Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
171Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
171Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
167SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
166Across The Fence: Last Christmas
160Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
159Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
157Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
157Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
154Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
154Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
152Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
152At the Library: March into a good book
148Teen Voice: Where is the love?
148Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
146Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
143Lyman Review: Winter's dog
139Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
135No-Till Notes: Looking Back
132Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
129Nature Notes: Love is in the air
127Totally Random: Where does it go?
124In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
121Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
116Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
106Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
105Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
102Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
98Lyman Review: Dog fun
96Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
93At the Monument: That old (historic) building
90Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
89Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
87Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
86Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
84Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
84Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
83Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
79Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
79Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
79Religious freedom must be protected
68Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
67Teen Voice: Inspire me
64Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
64View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
64Across the Fence: Amanda
63Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
61At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
57Teen Voice: Footprints
24Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
22At the Monument: Art in National Parks
22No-till Notes: Moving forward
20Support emergency services personnel
17Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
16Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
14Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
13Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
13Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
11Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
11In the Hills: Explore the state parks
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