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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39Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
39Teeing Off: Mind Gym
39A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
39Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
39Teen Voice: What is love?
39Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
39Observations Only: The last toothpick
39Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
39No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
39Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
39Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
39Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
39No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
38From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
38Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
38Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
38Observations Only: Hog wash
38Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
38Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
38No-till Notes: Moving forward
38Website Resources
37Observations Only: Sister lost
37Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
37Observations Only: Willfulness
37Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
37From the Hill: More Work Ahead
37Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
37Why you should visit the zoo in February
37No-Till Notes: Looking Back
37Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
37College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
37Fourth of July meetings
36Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
36Completely Different - The magic of spring
36Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
36Lyman Review: Winter's dog
36Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
36Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
36Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
35Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
35Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
35Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
35Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
35Nature Notes: Love is in the air
35Teen Voice: Inspire me
34Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
34Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
34From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
34No-Till Notes: Back in the field
33The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
33Rural America and immigration reform
33Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
33At the Library: March into a good book
33Lyman Review: Dog fun
32Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
32Greetings from the State Capitol
30Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
30Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
29No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
28Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
Most Read News Stories of 2012
463All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
460Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
409Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
363To whom are we thankful?
264Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
254A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
247At the Monument: Museum collections
239Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
233A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
230A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
213Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
212Support letters requested for airport
208Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
195No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
190No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
187Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
176In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
176Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
175Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
168No Till Notes:
165Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
163Letters to the Editor
160Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
156Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
156Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
156In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
155A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
155At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
154Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
153Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
149No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
137Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
135Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
131At the Monument: Where are the animals?
128Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
125Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
124
123Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
122What's the deal with organic milk?
117
114Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
112At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
106Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
102Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
101Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
98The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
95Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
92Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
90Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
90Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
89Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
89Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
88Observations Only: A soul’s journey
87Completely Different: It's all in the family
87Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
86Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
86Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
85Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
85A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
84Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
81 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
80Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
80Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
80Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
80At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
80At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
80Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
79From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
79Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
79Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
78Totally Random: The Golden Rule
77Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
77A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
77No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
76Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
75From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
75Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
75Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
74In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
74Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
73Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
73Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
73Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
73Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
73
72Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
72Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
71Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
71Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
71Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
71Creatures of the Night
70Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
70Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
70A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
70Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
70Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
70Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
69The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
69Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
69Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
69Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
69Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
69Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
68Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
68Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
68Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
68Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
68Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
68Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
68Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
68Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
67Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
67Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
67Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
67Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
66Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
66Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
66Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
66Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
66Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
66Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
66At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
65A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
65Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
65No-Till Notes: The value of water
64The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
64Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
64A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
64Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
64Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
64A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
63Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
63Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
63Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
63The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
63Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
63The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
63Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
63Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
63The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
63Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
63Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
63Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
63Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
62Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
62Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
62From the Superintendent’s Desk
62From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
62From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
62Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
62A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
62Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
62Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
62Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
62Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
62Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
62A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
61Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
61Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
61Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
61Across the Fence: The hand dug well
61Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
61Observations Only: A sad week
61Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
61Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
61A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
60The ghost of Ayn Rand
60Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
60From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
60From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
60A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
60Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
60No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
59Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
59Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
59Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
59From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
59Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
59Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
59Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
58Across the Fence: On The road
58Assad’s endgame
58Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
58Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
58A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
58Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
58Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
58Teen Voice: Silence
58Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
58Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
58 Across The Fence: County Fair
58Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
57Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
57From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
57Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
57A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
57A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
57Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
57Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
57Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
57Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
57Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
57Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
57No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
57Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
57Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
57No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
57
57Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
56Across the Fence: Building Barns
56A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
56Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
56Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
56From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
56Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
56The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
56The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
56Totally Random: My journey, life after living
56At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
56Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
56In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
56
55Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
55Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
55From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
55Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
55Across the Fence: The Pony Express
55Teeing Off: Persistence
55Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
55Teeing Off: Around the Green
55The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
55Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
55Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
55Anno Domini: We gather together
55Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
55Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
54Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
54Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
54Observations Only: Curious things
54Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
54Teen Voice: The need to get away
54Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
54A Halloween Story: The scary dream
54Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
54Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
54At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
54Be kind through communications
54Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
54A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
54
54Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
53Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
53A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
53A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
53Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
53From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
53A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
53Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
53Teen Voice: Remember what you have
53A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
53Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
53Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
53Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
53Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
53Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
52The Block
52Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
52Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
52Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
52From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
52Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
52Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
52Observations Only: Temptation
52Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
52Observations Only: The need to understand
52Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
52Observations Only: Reality check
52Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
52Teen Voice: My rebellion
52The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
52A real leaning tree Christmas
52Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
52Building Bridges: Love your enemies
52Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
52Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
52Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
52Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
52Reach out for challenges
51Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
51From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
51Observations Only: The meeting
51Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
51Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
51Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
51Observations Only: Beginnings
51Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
51The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
51Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
51Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
51
51Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
51Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
51Across The Fence: A day For thanks
51Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
51Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
51New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
51Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
51Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
51In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
51Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
50Completely Different: Your local government and you
50Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
50Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
50Observations Only: Critical thinking
50Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
50Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
50Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
50Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
50Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
50Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
50Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
50Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
50Observations Only: Divine spirit
50Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
50Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
50Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
50Anno Domini: On this remembering day
50Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
50Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
50Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
50No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
50
50Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
50
49Being a Nebraskan – border to border
49A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
49A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
49Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
49Teen Voice: Today’s television
49From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
49Observations Only : White water
49From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
49Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
49A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
49Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
49Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
49Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
49Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
49The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
49A Small World: Special guest
49Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
49Lyman Review: The love goat
49Teen Voice: Stress test
49Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
49Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
49Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
49Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
49Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
49Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
49SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
49Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
49Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
49No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
49History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
49In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
48Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
48From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
48Teen Voice: Catfished
48Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
48Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
48Teen Voice: Body image
48A Stray Moment: Without a net
48Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
48A Small World: Savoring county fair days
48Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
48Observations Only: Saint Marge
48Teen Voice: The rivalry
48Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
48Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
48Across The Fence: Last Christmas
48Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
48Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
48Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
48In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
48Across the Fence: Amanda
48View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
48Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
48No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
48Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
48No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
48Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
47Observations Only : The orphanage
47Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
47Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
47The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
47Observations Only: Curious things, part II
47Observations Only: Journey's end
47Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
47Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
47A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
47Observations Only: A gift of serenity
47Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
47Lyman Review: Devil calf
47Observations Only: The visit
47Teen Voice: Self-expression
47 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
47Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
47Observations Only: Gone away
47Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
47Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
47Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
47No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
46Completely Different: Tales from the mat
46The zombie apocalypse and you
46Observations Only: A new direction
46A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
46Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
46The hills, part 1: Mustangs
46A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
46Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
46Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
46Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
46Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
46Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
46Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
46The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
46A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
46Observations Only: A matter of paradox
46Observations Only: Indifferent love
46Teeing Off: The thing about state
46Observations Only: Off to the races
46Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
46Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
46Totally Random: Life’s ripples
46Lyman Review: One mean chicken
46Observations Only: One more time
46Observations Only: Final moment
46Teen Voice: The gift of caring
46Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
46No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
46Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
46Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
46Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
46Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
46Religious freedom must be protected
46Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
46What’s really going on with our water?
46Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
46Prairie Dogs
46At the Monument: Night Sky
46No Till Notes: Final Stop
46Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
46Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
45From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
45From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
45Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
45I'm falling for Tumblr?
45Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
45Observations Only: The shadow of error
45The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
45Teen Voice: The Other Side
45Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
45Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
45Totally Random: October, the pink month
45Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
45Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
45Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
45Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
45Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
45Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
45Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
45No-til Notes: Changing plans
45Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
45Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
44Observations only : Sisters of the world
44Time keeps flowing like a river
44Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
44Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
44The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
44Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
44Observations Only: Just around the corner
44A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
44Observations Only: North Powder
44Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
44Observations Only: Expect the best
44Teen Voice: Being a girl
44Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
44The Good Life: The two different types of business people
44A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
44Observations Only: The vision
44Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
44Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
44Our View: Community responsible for kids
44Observations Only: The vigil
44Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
44Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
44Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
44Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
44Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
44Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
43It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
43Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
43A last look at the Nebraska Zone
43Completely Different: The Quest
43Across the fence: Something worth remembering
43Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
43Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
43Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
43Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
43Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
43Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
43Teen Voice: The more the merrier
43Observations Only: Painting a picture
43Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
43Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
43Teen Voice: Serendipity
43Our View: The elephant in the room
43Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
43Observations Only: Choices
43Observations Only: The awful truth
43Observations Only: Waiting time
43Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
43Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
43Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
43Observations Only: A day in August
43Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
43Teen Voice: Where is the love?
43Teen Voice: Footprints
43Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
43At the Monument: Art in National Parks
43Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
43Their View: Goal post move unfair
43Letters to the Editor
42Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
42Do You Tube?
42From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
42Remembering When
42A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
42Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
42Teen Voice: Happy news
42Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
42Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
42The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
42Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
42Observations Only: Good and evil
42Guest Voices…
42Teen Voice: Shadow art
42Observations Only: Divine prompts
42A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
42Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
42Totally Random: Happy Halloween
42Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
42Observations Only: The last goodbye
42Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
42Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
42Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
42Totally Random: Where does it go?
42Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
42At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
42In the Hills: Explore the state parks
42Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
42At the Monument: Junior Rangers
42Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
42Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
42At the Monument: Living History
41Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
41Economic development update
41Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
41Home of the Brave
41Teen Voice: Not just another ride
41A Stray Moment: The last time
41Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
41Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
41Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
41Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
41Observations Only: Scourge of violence
41Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
41A Stray Moment: God Knows
41Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
41Observations Only: A fine line
41The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
41Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
41Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
41Observations Only: A matter of matter
41Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
41Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
41Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
41Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
41Totally Random: Trusting the fates
41Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
41Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
41Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
41At the Monument: That old (historic) building
41Support emergency services personnel
41Lyman Review: Branding Time
41No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
41Linked Lives
41For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
41Synchronicity:What brings me back
41Letter to the editor
41Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
41Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
40Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
40Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
40Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
40Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
40Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
40Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
40Teen Voice: The road of hatred
40Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
40Observations Only: Blue chip stock
40Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
40Observations Only: Uneventful flight
40Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
40Observations Only: Going home
40Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
40From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
40Teen Voice: Equality
40Teen Voice: Living within our means
40Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
40From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
40The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
40Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
40Observations Only: A good daughter
40Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
40Teen Voice: To the future
40Teen Voice: Cyber War
40View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
40Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
40Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
40Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
40At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
40Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
39Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
39My mini Pen and me
39Observations Only - Two ages of man
39Age of reason
39Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
39Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
39Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
39It's no surprise
39From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
39From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
39LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
39Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
39Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
39A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
39Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
39From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
39Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
39Teeing Off: Mind Gym
39A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
39Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
39Teen Voice: What is love?
39Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
39Observations Only: The last toothpick
39Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
39No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
39Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
39Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
39Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
39No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
38Letter to the Editor
38View from the block
38Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
38SELL-OUT!
38Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
38Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
38From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
38Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
38From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
38Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
38Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
38Observations Only: Hog wash
38Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
38Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
38No-till Notes: Moving forward
38Website Resources
37Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
37We need a few good people
37Our view . . .Sports Complex
37Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
37Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
37Trash cans
37From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
37LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
37Observations Only: Sister odyssey
37The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
37Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
37Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
37From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
37Observations Only: Sister lost
37Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
37Observations Only: Willfulness
37Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
37From the Hill: More Work Ahead
37Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
37Why you should visit the zoo in February
37No-Till Notes: Looking Back
37Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
37College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
37Fourth of July meetings
36Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
36Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
36Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
36Seeing the works of the master
36Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
36Observations Only: The joy of money
36The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
36Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
36Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
36Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
36Observations Only: What's in a word?
36Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
36Observations Only: No thank you
36Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
36Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
36Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
36Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
36Completely Different - The magic of spring
36Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
36Lyman Review: Winter's dog
36Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
36Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
36Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
35Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
35Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
35Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
35Timing makes perfect
35Permission to remember
35 Taking a big risk
35Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
35Practice safe barbecue basics
35Welcome to Gering
35Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
35Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
35The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
35Observations Only: Giving up
35The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
35Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
35Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
35Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
35Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
35Nature Notes: Love is in the air
35Teen Voice: Inspire me
34Observations Only : Mission accomplished
34Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
34Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
34Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
34Life's curve balls
34Observations Only: Saturday delight
34Silence please
34Observations Only: Counting chickens
34Observations Only: Together again
34Observations Only: Surprises
34The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
34The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
34Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
34Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
34Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
34From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
34No-Till Notes: Back in the field
33A Small World: Time traveling
33Teen Voice: March Madness
33Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
33Our View: Visionaries wanted
33Observations Only: Extreme measures
33Observations Only: Spider adventure
33Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
33The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
33Rural America and immigration reform
33Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
33At the Library: March into a good book
33Lyman Review: Dog fun
32Social time has important benefits
32Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
32Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
32Greetings from the State Capitol
30From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
30Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
30Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
29No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
28My Thanksgiving prayer
28Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
27Our View: Bravo OTD committee
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