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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108Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
108At the Monument: Night Sky
108Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
106
105Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
104Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
93
92Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
91Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
91No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
89No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
80
78Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
72No Till Notes: Final Stop
19Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
14At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
12Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
11A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
10A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
10No-Till Notes: The value of water
9Reach out for challenges
Most Read News Stories of 2012
17554Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
5070We need a few good people
3194What's the deal with organic milk?
2842Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
2629Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
2584Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
2287Being a Nebraskan – border to border
2240The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
2232Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
2217Completely Different: It's all in the family
2089Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
2079Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
2063Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
1997Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
1954Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
1952Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
1947Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
1945Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
1907The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
1885Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
1872A Small World: Time traveling
1843Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
1840Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
1834Completely Different: Tales from the mat
1817Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
1811Time keeps flowing like a river
1787A last look at the Nebraska Zone
1780Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
1779Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
1773Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
1765Letter to the Editor
1748Observations Only : The orphanage
1738My mini Pen and me
1719Observations Only : Mission accomplished
1715Teen Voice: March Madness
1710Our view . . .Sports Complex
1703From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
1701Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
1693Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
1693Completely Different: Your local government and you
1688Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
1684Remembering When
1682Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1678Observations only : Sisters of the world
1669Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
1668Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
1665Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
1663Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
1661Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
1660Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
1655Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
1645Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
1639Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
1622Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
1617From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
1614It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
1606Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
1601Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
1588Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
1533Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1506Observations Only: Reality check
1493Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
1476SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
1467Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1464Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1452Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
1413Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1379Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1355Completely Different: The Quest
1340Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1291Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1285Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1276Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1269Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1266Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1256Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1244Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1244From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1241The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1235Across the Fence: Building Barns
1233Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1231Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1230Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1218Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1212Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1210Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1209Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1199From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1194No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1191Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1191Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1184From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1177Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1174Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1174Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1165From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1163From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1153Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1152Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1152Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1141Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1139Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1138The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1136A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1122Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1122Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
1114From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1113Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1112Across the Fence: On The road
1112Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1109Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1101Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
1099Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
1098A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1092From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
1091Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
1090Assad’s endgame
1089Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
1089A Small World: Savoring county fair days
1086The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
1082Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
1071Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
1068Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
1067Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
1060Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
1058Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
1058From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
1058From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
1054Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
1054A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
1046Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
1042Observations Only - Two ages of man
1042Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
1028Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
1026The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
1024Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
1023Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
1021Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
1021Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
1015Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
1007Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
1006From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
1005Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
1004A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
998Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
997Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
993A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
991Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
989Observations Only: Painting a picture
983Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
979Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
977Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
976Teen Voice: Today’s television
975Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
971Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
969Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
968Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
968Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
968 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
962Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
961From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
960Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
959Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
958Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
956From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
953Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
950From the Superintendent’s Desk
950Across The Fence: A day For thanks
948Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
947From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
946From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
945Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
940Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
938Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
938From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
937Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
934Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
933Observations Only: A new direction
926Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
922Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
921The zombie apocalypse and you
919From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
916A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
915Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
914Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
911Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
907Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
901Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
898Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
897Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
896Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
895Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
894From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
891From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
891Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
886Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
883Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
882Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
882From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
881The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
878Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
877Observations Only: Giving up
875Trash cans
873A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
871A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
869A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
869Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
865Teen Voice: Catfished
864The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
863The hills, part 1: Mustangs
862From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
862Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
860Observations Only: Curious things
860Across the Fence: The hand dug well
858Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
858Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
858Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
856Teen Voice: The road of hatred
854Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
853Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
852Observations Only: The joy of money
851Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
848The Block
846Teen Voice: The more the merrier
846Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
846Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
844The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
844Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
841Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
841At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
840Observations Only: Saturday delight
839A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
830A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
829Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
827Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
826Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
823Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
820A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
819Life's curve balls
817Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
816From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
816Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
816A Stray Moment: Without a net
815 Taking a big risk
815Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
814The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
813A Stray Moment: God Knows
813Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
812A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
809A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
808Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
806Teen Voice: Not just another ride
805Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
805Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
804A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
801Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
801Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
801Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
801The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
800Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
797Observations Only: Going home
795Observations Only: Scourge of violence
795A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
794Seeing the works of the master
794The ghost of Ayn Rand
793Observations Only: Extreme measures
791From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
791The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
787Observations Only: Counting chickens
787Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
786Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
786Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
786Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
786Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
783A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
782Timing makes perfect
781Observations Only: Just around the corner
781Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
781A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
780The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
780Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
780Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
780The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
778Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
777Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
776View from the block
776Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
775A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
774Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
773SELL-OUT!
771Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
771Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
770Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
768A Stray Moment: The last time
766The Good Life: The two different types of business people
766Totally Random: My journey, life after living
765Observations Only: Uneventful flight
764Teen Voice: Living within our means
760It's no surprise
760Teen Voice: Body image
757Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
756Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
755Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
755Observations Only: Surprises
755The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
753Welcome to Gering
753Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
753Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
753Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
753Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
752Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
750A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
750Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
750Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
749Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
748Silence please
748Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
748Rural America and immigration reform
747Age of reason
747Do You Tube?
747Observations Only: Journey's end
745Observations Only: The awful truth
744Observations Only: No thank you
744Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
744From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
744Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
744Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
744A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
742Observations Only: What's in a word?
741Observations Only: A gift of serenity
741Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
738Teen Voice: Serendipity
737Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
737Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
735Teen Voice: Shadow art
734Observations Only: Critical thinking
732LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
732Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
732Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
732Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
729A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
729Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
727Economic development update
726Observations Only: North Powder
726Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
725Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
724Observations Only: Together again
723Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
723Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
722Observations Only: Curious things, part II
721Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
721Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
719From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
717Observations Only: Sister odyssey
717Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
716Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
713Observations Only: Spider adventure
713Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
713The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
713Observations Only: Sister lost
712Observations Only: Blue chip stock
711A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
711Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
708From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
707Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
707Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
704Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
704I'm falling for Tumblr?
704Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
701Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
700Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
698Guest Voices…
697Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
692Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
690Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
690A real leaning tree Christmas
687From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
686The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
685From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
685Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
682Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
681Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
678Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
678Teen Voice: Being a girl
678Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
677Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
677Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
676Permission to remember
676Observations Only : White water
675A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
674Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
673The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
673Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
672The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
671My Thanksgiving prayer
671Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
671Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
670Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
669Observations Only: The meeting
668Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
667Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
665A Small World: Special guest
664Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
661Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
660The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
660Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
659Our View: The elephant in the room
657The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
656Social time has important benefits
655Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
654Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
654The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
652Home of the Brave
652Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
651Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
650Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
650A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
649Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
647Teeing Off: Around the Green
645Observations Only: Good and evil
643LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
643Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
641Practice safe barbecue basics
641Teen Voice: Happy news
640Observations Only: A matter of matter
636Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
636Observations Only: Expect the best
636The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
636Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
636Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
635Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
635Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
634Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
633Observations Only: Indifferent love
632Observations Only: The shadow of error
630The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
630Observations Only: A fine line
626Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
626Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
625Observations Only: Beginnings
625The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
622Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
620Anno Domini: We gather together
618Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
615Our View: Bravo OTD committee
615Observations Only: Divine spirit
614Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
610Teen Voice: Equality
604Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
604The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
602Observations Only: A matter of paradox
602Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
600Completely Different - The magic of spring
599Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
598Observations Only: Divine prompts
597Observations Only: Choices
595A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
595Observations Only: A sad week
592Teen Voice: Silence
589Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
587Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
587A Halloween Story: The scary dream
585Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
583Totally Random: Life’s ripples
583Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
583Totally Random: October, the pink month
582Observations Only: Temptation
580Observations Only: Off to the races
580Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
580Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
579A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
579Building Bridges: Love your enemies
578Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
576Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
575Lyman Review: Devil calf
575Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
574Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
573Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
569Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
566Observations Only: The vision
564Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
563Observations Only: Willfulness
563Teen Voice: The need to get away
552Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
551Teen Voice: Stress test
548Observations Only: The need to understand
547Our View: Visionaries wanted
546Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
539Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
536Across the Fence: The Pony Express
536Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
535Observations Only: A good daughter
533Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
531Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
527Teeing Off: Persistence
527Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
526Teeing Off: Mind Gym
525Teen Voice: Footprints
525Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
523Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
522Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
519Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
519Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
517Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
517Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
514Teen Voice: The rivalry
512Lyman Review: The love goat
510Teen Voice: Remember what you have
509Anno Domini: On this remembering day
508Observations Only: Saint Marge
507Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
506Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
504Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
503Observations Only: Waiting time
501Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
500Totally Random: Happy Halloween
500Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
498Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
496Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
495Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
494Teeing Off: The thing about state
494Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
492Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
492Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
490Teen Voice: The Other Side
487No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
485Teen Voice: My rebellion
483Observations Only: Gone away
482Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
481Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
476Teen Voice: What is love?
475Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
473Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
471Observations Only: Hog wash
466Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
466Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
465Teen Voice: Self-expression
464 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
463Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
461Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
452Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
445From the Hill: More Work Ahead
445Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
445Why you should visit the zoo in February
441Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
440Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
439Observations Only: The visit
435Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
433
432Lyman Review: One mean chicken
431Observations Only: A day in August
428A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
426Teen Voice: Cyber War
425For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
423At the Library: March into a good book
419Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
418Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
413Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
412Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
409Observations Only: The last goodbye
409What’s really going on with our water?
407Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
406Observations Only: One more time
400In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
398Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
393No-Till Notes: Looking Back
392Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
389Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
388Observations Only: Final moment
388Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
387Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
387Teen Voice: The gift of caring
382Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
381Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
380Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
379No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
378Teen Voice: To the future
378Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
378Their View: Goal post move unfair
375Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
372View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
371Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
371At the Monument: Junior Rangers
370Lyman Review: Branding Time
370Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
366Across The Fence: Last Christmas
366Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
366Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
365Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
363Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
361Teen Voice: Where is the love?
361Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
360Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
358Our View: Community responsible for kids
358In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
357Totally Random: Where does it go?
356Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
355Observations Only: The last toothpick
355Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
353Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
352Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
350Nature Notes: Love is in the air
347In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
344Totally Random: Trusting the fates
344Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
343Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
342Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
341Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
336Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
335Observations Only: The vigil
335Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
335Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
335Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
334Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
333Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
332Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
331Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
330Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
327Linked Lives
324Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
324No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
323At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
323History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
320Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
319Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
316Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
315Religious freedom must be protected
312At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
311Support emergency services personnel
309Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
308College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
307Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
305In the Hills: Explore the state parks
304Website Resources
303Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
302Lyman Review: Winter's dog
302Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
301Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
300Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
299At the Monument: That old (historic) building
299Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
298Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
297Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
295Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
295No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
294From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
293Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
293Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
291Across the Fence: Amanda
290Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
289Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
289Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
287Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
287Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
285Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
284No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
281Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
281No-till Notes: Moving forward
277Lyman Review: Dog fun
275Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
274New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
274At the Monument: Where are the animals?
274Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
273At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
271Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
269Teen Voice: Inspire me
264Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
263No-til Notes: Changing plans
262Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
260Greetings from the State Capitol
260Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
258No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
257Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
255Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
254Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
253No-Till Notes: Back in the field
239Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
236Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
235Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
234At the Monument: Art in National Parks
232Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
228Be kind through communications
227Synchronicity:What brings me back
222Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
222View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
216Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
216No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
215Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
213Letter to the editor
203Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
195Letters to the Editor
193Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
193A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
192In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
182A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
169Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
169Fourth of July meetings
160Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
158Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
153Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
148Prairie Dogs
146Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
144Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
143Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
143 Across The Fence: County Fair
143
138Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
134Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
133Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
132No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
132At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
127Creatures of the Night
124A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
120No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
116In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
115Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
114No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
111Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
108Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
108Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
108At the Monument: Night Sky
108Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
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105Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
104Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
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92Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
91Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
91No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
89No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
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78Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
72No Till Notes: Final Stop
19Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
14At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
12Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
11A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
10A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
10No-Till Notes: The value of water
9Reach out for challenges
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