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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148Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
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142Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
140Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
137At the Monument: Night Sky
135No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
134No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
133Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
133No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
131Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
130Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
129In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
128A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
126A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
122No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
118Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
115A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
112Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
107
106Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
105
105
102Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
98Reach out for challenges
98At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
84At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
81Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
65Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
34In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
24Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
Most Read News Stories of 2012
17899Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
5095We need a few good people
3236What's the deal with organic milk?
2868Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
2662Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
2655Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
2312Being a Nebraskan – border to border
2260Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
2259The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
2255Completely Different: It's all in the family
2114Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
2102Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
2085Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
2013Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
1968Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
1966Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
1963Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
1963Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
1920The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
1899Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
1882A Small World: Time traveling
1872Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
1864Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
1856Completely Different: Tales from the mat
1856Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
1833Time keeps flowing like a river
1803A last look at the Nebraska Zone
1788Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
1788Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
1786Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
1779Letter to the Editor
1765Observations Only : The orphanage
1752My mini Pen and me
1736Observations Only : Mission accomplished
1725Teen Voice: March Madness
1725Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1722From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
1721Our view . . .Sports Complex
1721Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
1707Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
1705Completely Different: Your local government and you
1702Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
1695Remembering When
1694Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
1688Observations only : Sisters of the world
1685Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
1684Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
1677Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
1676Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
1676Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
1675Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
1668Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
1664Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
1653Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
1639From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
1638Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
1632It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
1613Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
1597Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
1576Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1534Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
1517Observations Only: Reality check
1494SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
1487Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1477Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1463Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
1449Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1443Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1371Completely Different: The Quest
1351Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1348Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1316Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1308Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1298Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1286Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1281Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1277Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1272Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1265From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1258The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1254Across the Fence: Building Barns
1250Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1249Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1243Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1242Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1241Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1235Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1232Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1217From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1217No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1214From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1214Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1210Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1201Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1194From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1194From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1191Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1184Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1180Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1174Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1166Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1165The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1161A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1156Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1150Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1148Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1147Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
1146A Small World: Savoring county fair days
1139Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1137Across the Fence: On The road
1136Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1133Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
1131From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1119Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
1117Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
1115Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
1112From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
1112A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1110The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
1109Assad’s endgame
1107Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
1092Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
1091Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
1091Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
1090Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
1085From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
1083From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
1082Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
1082Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
1075A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
1072Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
1070Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
1065Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
1063Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
1060Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
1054Observations Only - Two ages of man
1044Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
1043The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
1042Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
1041Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
1039Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
1035A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
1029Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
1026From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
1022Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
1019A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
1018Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
1015Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
1012 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
1007Observations Only: Painting a picture
999Teen Voice: Today’s television
998Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
997Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
994Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
992Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
991Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
990Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
989Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
986Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
984Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
982Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
982From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
982Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
981From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
976Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
975From the Superintendent’s Desk
971Across The Fence: A day For thanks
968From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
967Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
966From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
965From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
964Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
963Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
962Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
959Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
958Observations Only: A new direction
957Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
955Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
947Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
942From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
940Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
939Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
935The zombie apocalypse and you
935Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
935A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
926Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
926Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
922Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
920Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
919Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
918Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
916From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
914Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
913Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
909From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
909From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
902Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
899A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
899The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
897Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
896Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
895Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
895Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
895Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
890Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
889Trash cans
889Observations Only: Giving up
884A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
883The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
881The hills, part 1: Mustangs
881Observations Only: Curious things
879Across the Fence: The hand dug well
878A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
876Teen Voice: Catfished
875Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
875From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
875Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
874Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
871Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
871Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
870Teen Voice: The road of hatred
870Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
866Observations Only: The joy of money
864Teen Voice: The more the merrier
862The Block
861Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
860The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
860At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
856Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
855Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
855A Stray Moment: Without a net
852Observations Only: Saturday delight
852A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
849Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
846Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
846A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
841Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
838Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
838Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
835Life's curve balls
835Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
835A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
835Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
830 Taking a big risk
830Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
830A Stray Moment: God Knows
829A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
829The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
826From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
826A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
825Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
825Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
825Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
822Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
820A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
819Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
817Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
816Teen Voice: Not just another ride
815Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
814Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
813Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
813Observations Only: Scourge of violence
813The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
812Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
811Seeing the works of the master
811From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
811Observations Only: Going home
810The ghost of Ayn Rand
808Observations Only: Extreme measures
806A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
805A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
805Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
804The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
803Timing makes perfect
803Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
802Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
801A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
801The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
799Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
799Observations Only: Counting chickens
798The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
798Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
797Observations Only: Just around the corner
796Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
796A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
795Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
794Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
793View from the block
793Teen Voice: Body image
793The Good Life: The two different types of business people
790Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
789SELL-OUT!
789Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
788Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
787Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
784Observations Only: Uneventful flight
784Totally Random: My journey, life after living
783A Stray Moment: The last time
783Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
783The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
778It's no surprise
775A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
774Teen Voice: Living within our means
770Rural America and immigration reform
770Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
769Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
769Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
769Observations Only: Surprises
769Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
768Welcome to Gering
768Observations Only: A gift of serenity
767Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
767Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
766Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
766Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
765Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
765Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
764Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
764Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
763A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
763Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
762Silence please
762Observations Only: Journey's end
761Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
760Age of reason
760From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
760Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
759Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
758Observations Only: No thank you
757Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
757Observations Only: The awful truth
756Teen Voice: Shadow art
753Observations Only: Critical thinking
753Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
752Do You Tube?
749Observations Only: What's in a word?
749Teen Voice: Serendipity
749Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
749Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
746Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
746Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
746A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
744LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
744Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
743Economic development update
743Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
741Observations Only: North Powder
739Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
738Observations Only: Together again
738Observations Only: Curious things, part II
737Observations Only: Sister odyssey
737A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
736Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
736Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
735Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
734Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
731Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
730From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
730Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
728Observations Only: Spider adventure
728Observations Only: Sister lost
728Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
728Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
726Observations Only: Blue chip stock
725The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
725Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
724From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
720Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
718Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
715Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
714Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
714I'm falling for Tumblr?
714Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
709Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
709Guest Voices…
709Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
708Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
708A real leaning tree Christmas
704Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
703Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
699From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
699From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
699Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
698A Small World: Special guest
697Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
697The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
696Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
696Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
696The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
695Observations Only : White water
694Teen Voice: Being a girl
693The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
692Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
692Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
691Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
690A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
690Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
688Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
686Permission to remember
686Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
685Observations Only: The meeting
684My Thanksgiving prayer
683Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
683The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
683Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
682Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
677Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
676Our View: The elephant in the room
673Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
673Observations Only: A matter of matter
673A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
672Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
671Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
670The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
669Social time has important benefits
669The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
668Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
667Home of the Brave
665Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
663The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
662Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
662Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
662Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
660Observations Only: Indifferent love
660Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
659Observations Only: Good and evil
659The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
658Teeing Off: Around the Green
657Practice safe barbecue basics
657Teen Voice: Happy news
656Observations Only: The shadow of error
655Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
655Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
654Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
652LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
651Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
651Observations Only: Expect the best
646Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
645Observations Only: A fine line
644Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
643The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
643Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
642Observations Only: Beginnings
642Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
640The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
636Observations Only: Divine spirit
634Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
633Anno Domini: We gather together
625Our View: Bravo OTD committee
625Observations Only: A matter of paradox
624Teen Voice: Equality
624Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
622Observations Only: Divine prompts
617Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
616Observations Only: Choices
614Observations Only: A sad week
613Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
612Completely Different - The magic of spring
612A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
610Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
608Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
607Teen Voice: Silence
605A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
604A Halloween Story: The scary dream
602Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
601Building Bridges: Love your enemies
600Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
599Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
599Totally Random: Life’s ripples
598Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
598Totally Random: October, the pink month
596Observations Only: Temptation
596Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
596Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
594Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
591Observations Only: Off to the races
591Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
589Lyman Review: Devil calf
587Observations Only: The vision
581Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
579Observations Only: Willfulness
576Teen Voice: The need to get away
576Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
575Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
569Observations Only: The need to understand
569Observations Only: A good daughter
563Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
561Teen Voice: Stress test
561Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
557Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
555Our View: Visionaries wanted
555Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
554Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
551Across the Fence: The Pony Express
551Teeing Off: Persistence
550Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
546Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
545Teeing Off: Mind Gym
542Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
537Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
536Teen Voice: Remember what you have
533Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
532Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
532Teen Voice: Footprints
531Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
531Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
526Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
526Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
523Anno Domini: On this remembering day
522Teen Voice: The rivalry
521Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
520Observations Only: Saint Marge
520Lyman Review: The love goat
519Teeing Off: The thing about state
518Observations Only: Waiting time
518Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
517Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
514Teen Voice: The Other Side
514Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
514Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
513Totally Random: Happy Halloween
511Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
510Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
508Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
507Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
504Teen Voice: My rebellion
503Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
502No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
500Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
496Observations Only: Gone away
489Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
487Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
486Teen Voice: What is love?
481Teen Voice: Self-expression
479Observations Only: Hog wash
478Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
477Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
476Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
471 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
471A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
469Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
467Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
463Why you should visit the zoo in February
460Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
458Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
457No Till Notes: Final Stop
453Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
451Observations Only: The visit
451From the Hill: More Work Ahead
451Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
450Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
447
445For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
443Lyman Review: One mean chicken
443Observations Only: A day in August
442Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
440Teen Voice: Cyber War
438Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
432At the Library: March into a good book
428Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
424Observations Only: One more time
423Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
419Observations Only: The last goodbye
418What’s really going on with our water?
417In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
411Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
408Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
405Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
402Teen Voice: The gift of caring
400Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
400Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
400Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
400No-Till Notes: Looking Back
399Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
396Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
396Their View: Goal post move unfair
394Observations Only: Final moment
394Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
393At the Monument: Junior Rangers
392Teen Voice: To the future
392Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
390No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
387Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
386Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
386Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
384Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
383Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
381Lyman Review: Branding Time
378Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
378In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
377Across The Fence: Last Christmas
376View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
374Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
373Observations Only: The last toothpick
372Teen Voice: Where is the love?
371Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
370Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
369Nature Notes: Love is in the air
368No-till Notes: Moving forward
367Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
364Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
363Our View: Community responsible for kids
363Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
363Totally Random: Where does it go?
362Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
362Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
360Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
358Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
357Totally Random: Trusting the fates
357In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
354Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
353Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
349Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
346Observations Only: The vigil
346Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
346Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
346Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
345Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
345No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
344Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
344Linked Lives
343At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
341Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
339History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
335Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
335Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
331Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
331Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
330Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
330Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
326Support emergency services personnel
326At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
325Religious freedom must be protected
322Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
318Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
317Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
316College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
315Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
314Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
312In the Hills: Explore the state parks
312Website Resources
311At the Monument: That old (historic) building
311Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
310Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
309Lyman Review: Winter's dog
307Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
307No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
306Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
306Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
303Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
302From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
301Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
300Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
299Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
299Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
299No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
298Across the Fence: Amanda
297Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
295Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
295Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
294Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
293Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
289Lyman Review: Dog fun
287New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
284Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
283At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
283Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
281At the Monument: Where are the animals?
280Teen Voice: Inspire me
278Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
277No-til Notes: Changing plans
275Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
274Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
271Greetings from the State Capitol
270Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
267No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
258No-Till Notes: Back in the field
254Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
252Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
250Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
250Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
248At the Monument: Art in National Parks
246Be kind through communications
238Synchronicity:What brings me back
236Letter to the editor
235View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
233Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
231Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
228Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
228Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
227No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
222Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
220Letters to the Editor
211A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
209Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
206In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
206Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
200A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
190Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
190Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
181Fourth of July meetings
179A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
177Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
174Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
172Prairie Dogs
172Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
164Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
164No-Till Notes: The value of water
162Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
162Creatures of the Night
160Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
158 Across The Fence: County Fair
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156Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
155Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
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153At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
152Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
150Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
149No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
148Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
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142Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
140Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
137At the Monument: Night Sky
135No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
134No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
133Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
133No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
131Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
130Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
129In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
128A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
126A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
122No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
118Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
115A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
112Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
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106Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
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102Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
98Reach out for challenges
98At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
84At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
81Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
65Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
34In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
24Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
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