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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1630Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
1623Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
1622Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
1621Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
1617Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
1616Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
1610From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
1597Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
1582Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
1571It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
1566Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
1551Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
1545Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
1525Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
1515Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
1490Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
1474From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
1464Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1437Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
1413Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1388Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1380Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1352Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
1325Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
1306Completely Different: The Quest
1292Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1250Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1216Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1196Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1174Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1174Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1173Across the Fence: Building Barns
1142The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1140Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1135Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1134From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1131From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1131Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1128Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1115Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1113Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1097From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1096Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1093Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1092Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1082No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1078Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1077Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1077Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1071Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1068Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1063Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1062Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1062The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1060From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1054From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1050Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1048Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1046Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1039A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1036Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1032Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1029Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1029A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1026Across the Fence: On The road
1024From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1011Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1008From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
1008Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
1007The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
1007Assad’s endgame
1005Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1002Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1001Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
1001Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
1001Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
998Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
985Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
984Observations Only - Two ages of man
983Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
981Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
978Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
977Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
976Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
976Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
975The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
965A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
962Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
956Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
955Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
950A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
945From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
935From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
930Observations Only: Painting a picture
929Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
928Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
926A Small World: Savoring county fair days
922Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
919Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
914Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
911From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
911Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
904Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
902Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
899Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
898Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
898Teen Voice: Today’s television
897Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
896Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
895Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
892Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
891Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
890Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
886Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
885Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
884Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
882Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
881Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
880Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
880Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
877Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
874Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
870From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
869From the Superintendent’s Desk
869Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
868The zombie apocalypse and you
865Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
864From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
863From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
859From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
859Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
858Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
858From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
856Observations Only: A new direction
855A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
849Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
846Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
840Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
836Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
835Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
835Across The Fence: A day For thanks
832Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
831Observations Only: Giving up
831From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
830Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
830Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
829Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
825Trash cans
822Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
819 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
817A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
817Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
816Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
813Teen Voice: The road of hatred
812The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
811The hills, part 1: Mustangs
808From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
808From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
807Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
807Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
805A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
804Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
803From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
801Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
801Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
801Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
801A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
800Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
799Observations Only: The joy of money
796The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
792The Block
791Teen Voice: Catfished
789From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
788Observations Only: Saturday delight
788Teen Voice: The more the merrier
787A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
787The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
786Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
786A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
786At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
785Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
784Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
782Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
781Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
776Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
776Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
775A Stray Moment: God Knows
770Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
768From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
767Life's curve balls
765A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
764Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
763 Taking a big risk
763Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
763Observations Only: Curious things
762Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
762A Stray Moment: Without a net
760Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
759A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
758Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
757Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
756The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
754The ghost of Ayn Rand
753A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
753Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
750Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
750Teen Voice: Not just another ride
750Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
750A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
749Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
749Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
746Observations Only: Extreme measures
746A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
746Observations Only: Counting chickens
746Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
744Across the Fence: The hand dug well
743Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
741Seeing the works of the master
737From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
736The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
735Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
735Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
734Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
733Timing makes perfect
733The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
733A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
733Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
733Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
731Observations Only: Scourge of violence
730Observations Only: Just around the corner
725Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
724SELL-OUT!
723Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
723Observations Only: Going home
721View from the block
719A Stray Moment: The last time
717The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
716Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
715Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
715Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
714Welcome to Gering
713Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
712Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
711It's no surprise
706Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
706Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
702A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
702Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
701Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
701Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
701Teen Voice: Body image
700Observations Only: Uneventful flight
700A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
700Rural America and immigration reform
699Observations Only: Surprises
698Silence please
698The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
696Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
696Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
696Teen Voice: Living within our means
695Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
695Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
694Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
694Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
694Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
693Observations Only: No thank you
693A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
692Do You Tube?
692Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
691Observations Only: What's in a word?
690Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
689Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
689Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
686Economic development update
686From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
686LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
685Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
685Observations Only: A gift of serenity
684Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
683Observations Only: Journey's end
683The Good Life: The two different types of business people
682Age of reason
682Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
681A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
680Observations Only: Together again
679Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
679Observations Only: The awful truth
678Teen Voice: Serendipity
677Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
677Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
677Teen Voice: Shadow art
676Observations Only: Critical thinking
676Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
675From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
675Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
675From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
674A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
673Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
673Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
670Observations Only: North Powder
669The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
667Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
665A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
664Observations Only: Spider adventure
664Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
664Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
663Observations Only: Sister odyssey
661Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
660Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
659Observations Only: Curious things, part II
659Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
658The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
657A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
656Guest Voices…
655Observations Only: Blue chip stock
655Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
654Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
652Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
652Totally Random: My journey, life after living
650Observations Only: Sister lost
649Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
647Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
645Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
643I'm falling for Tumblr?
643Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
642From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
637Permission to remember
637From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
635A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
632Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
629Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
628Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
628Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
627My Thanksgiving prayer
626Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
625Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
625Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
622Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
620The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
618Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
617Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
616Teen Voice: Being a girl
615Our View: The elephant in the room
614Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
614The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
613Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
613A real leaning tree Christmas
611Observations Only: The meeting
610Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
607The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
607Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
607Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
606Social time has important benefits
605Home of the Brave
605LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
605Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
604Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
604Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
604The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
603Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
602Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
602Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
601Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
600Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
600Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
599Practice safe barbecue basics
596Teen Voice: Happy news
595Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
593Remembering When
593Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
591Observations Only : White water
591Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
591A Small World: Special guest
589Observations Only: Expect the best
589Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
588Our View: Bravo OTD committee
588Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
587Observations Only: Good and evil
586Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
585The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
584The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
582Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
582Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
582Observations Only: A fine line
581The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
581A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
580Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
579Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
578The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
574The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
573Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
573Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
572Observations Only: The shadow of error
568Observations Only: Beginnings
566Observations Only: A matter of matter
563Teeing Off: Around the Green
554Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
552Observations Only: Indifferent love
551Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
551Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
549Teen Voice: Equality
548Observations Only: Choices
548Observations Only: Divine spirit
547Observations Only: A matter of paradox
544Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
543Completely Different - The magic of spring
541Observations Only: Divine prompts
541Anno Domini: We gather together
538A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
537Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
537Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
535Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
534Totally Random: Life’s ripples
532Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
531Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
530Teen Voice: Silence
530Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
530Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
528Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
519Observations Only: Willfulness
516Our View: Visionaries wanted
516Observations Only: Temptation
516A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
516Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
514Teen Voice: The need to get away
512Observations Only: Off to the races
510Observations Only: The vision
510Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
509Totally Random: October, the pink month
509Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
508Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
507Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
506Observations Only: A sad week
504Observations Only: The need to understand
503Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
501A Halloween Story: The scary dream
499Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
497Lyman Review: Devil calf
491Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
489Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
488Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
488Building Bridges: Love your enemies
486Teen Voice: Stress test
484Teeing Off: Mind Gym
480Teeing Off: Persistence
479Across the Fence: The Pony Express
476Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
476Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
476Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
475Teen Voice: The rivalry
474Observations Only: A good daughter
464Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
463Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
461Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
458Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
456Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
455Observations Only: Waiting time
454Observations Only: Saint Marge
452Teeing Off: The thing about state
451Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
450Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
449Teen Voice: Remember what you have
448Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
445Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
443Teen Voice: The Other Side
443Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
443Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
442Lyman Review: The love goat
440Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
438Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
436Observations Only: Reality check
433Teen Voice: What is love?
431Teen Voice: Footprints
428Anno Domini: On this remembering day
427Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
425Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
424Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
423Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
422Totally Random: Happy Halloween
421Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
418Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
417Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
413Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
413Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
413Observations Only: Gone away
409Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
407Observations Only: Hog wash
405Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
405Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
403Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
402Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
402Teen Voice: Self-expression
401No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
400Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
399Teen Voice: My rebellion
397Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
396Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
396Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
395Lyman Review: One mean chicken
391 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
385Why you should visit the zoo in February
384Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
380Teen Voice: Cyber War
377From the Hill: More Work Ahead
376Observations Only: The visit
375Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
375Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
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368Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
368Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
363Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
362Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
361Observations Only: A day in August
356SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
354Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
354Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
354Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
351At the Library: March into a good book
349Observations Only: The last goodbye
344Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
343Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
342No-Till Notes: Looking Back
340Observations Only: Final moment
338Observations Only: One more time
338Teen Voice: The gift of caring
337No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
337Teen Voice: To the future
336Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
334Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
333The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
332Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
331Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
329What’s really going on with our water?
327Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
323Across The Fence: Last Christmas
323Observations Only: The last toothpick
322Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
321Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
319Our View: Community responsible for kids
319Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
319Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
317Teen Voice: Where is the love?
317Lyman Review: Branding Time
316Totally Random: Trusting the fates
314Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
310Nature Notes: Love is in the air
309Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
302Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
300Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
299Observations Only: The vigil
297Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
295Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
295Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
293Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
293Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
292In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
288Totally Random: Where does it go?
287Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
285View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
280Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
280Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
280Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
278Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
277In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
276Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
275Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
268Religious freedom must be protected
268Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
267Their View: Goal post move unfair
266Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
264Lyman Review: Winter's dog
264At the Monument: Junior Rangers
263Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
261Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
256Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
255Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
255Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
255In the Hills: Explore the state parks
255Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
252Linked Lives
251Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
250At the Monument: That old (historic) building
249In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
245Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
244Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
240Lyman Review: Dog fun
239Across the Fence: Amanda
239Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
238Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
237Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
237Support emergency services personnel
234At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
231Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
230Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
230College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
229For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
228Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
228At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
226Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
222Teen Voice: Inspire me
222Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
221Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
218Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
218Greetings from the State Capitol
217No-till Notes: Moving forward
217At the Monument: Where are the animals?
217Website Resources
215Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
215From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
207Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
204No-Till Notes: Back in the field
203New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
198Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
198Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
197No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
196View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
196Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
195Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
193Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
188At the Monument: Art in National Parks
188Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
188No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
185Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
182Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
180Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
176No-til Notes: Changing plans
171Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
170Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
168Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
159At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
158Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
154Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
152History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
148Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
147Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
143Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
136Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
129No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
128Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
114Synchronicity:What brings me back
114No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
92Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
91Be kind through communications
70Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
69Letters to the Editor
55Letter to the editor
45Fourth of July meetings
33Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
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