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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73Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
73Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
73Lyman Review: Dog fun
73In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
72Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
72Lyman Review: Winter's dog
72Teen Voice: Where is the love?
72View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
72Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
72Lyman Review: Branding Time
72No-Till Notes: Back in the field
72Website Resources
71Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
71I'm falling for Tumblr?
71Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
71Guest Voices…
71Our View: Community responsible for kids
71Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
71Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
71Teen Voice: To the future
71Totally Random: Trusting the fates
71Teen Voice: Footprints
71Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
70Teen Voice: Equality
70Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
70Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
70Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
70Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
70Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
70Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
70No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
70Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
70Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
70Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
70Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
70Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
69From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
69Teen Voice: Cyber War
69At the Monument: That old (historic) building
69Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
69Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
69Religious freedom must be protected
69Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
69Their View: Goal post move unfair
69Synchronicity:What brings me back
68From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
68Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
68Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
68Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
68Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
68Letters to the Editor
67The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
67Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
67Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
67Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
67Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
67No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
66Nature Notes: Love is in the air
66Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
66Support emergency services personnel
66
65From the Hill: More Work Ahead
65Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
65At the Library: March into a good book
65Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
64Why you should visit the zoo in February
64Totally Random: Where does it go?
64Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
63Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
63At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
62Teen Voice: What is love?
62Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
62Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
62Teen Voice: Inspire me
62Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
62Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
61Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
60Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
59Rural America and immigration reform
59Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
59From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
58Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
58Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
56Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
56Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
55Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
53Greetings from the State Capitol
48Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
43Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
42Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
37Letter to the Editor
34Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
33Letter to the Editor
29Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
Most Read News Stories of 2012
603Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
580All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
506The Christmas Story
462Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
440To whom are we thankful?
369Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
344A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
327Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
317At the Monument: Museum collections
310Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
308Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
308A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
307A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
297Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
292Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
276Support letters requested for airport
270Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
267Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
263No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
262Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
259The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
240Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
240Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
240A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
240A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
238At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
236In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
230Letters to the Editor
226Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
226No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
226Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
225Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
221Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
215Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
211Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
210At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
208No Till Notes:
207Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
204A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
202Observations Only : White water
202Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
202No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
200In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
196At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
194Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
192Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
192Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
191A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
190Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
190At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
189Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
187What's the deal with organic milk?
187Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
185The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
183Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
183Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
176
175At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
171Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
169Observations Only: A soul’s journey
168Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
166Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
165College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
164Completely Different: It's all in the family
162At the Monument: Where are the animals?
161Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
161Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
161Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
161Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
161All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
160Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
160All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
159Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
157Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
157No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
155Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
155Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
154Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
153At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
152Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
152No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
151Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
147Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
146Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
144A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
143Creatures of the Night
142Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
141A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
141
140From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
140Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
138Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
137Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
136Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
136Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
135Totally Random: The Golden Rule
135Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
134A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
134
133Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
133Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
132Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
131Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
131Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
130Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
130Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
130Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
130Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
129Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
129Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
129 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
129Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
129At the Monument: Living History
128Across the Fence: The hand dug well
128No Till Notes: Moving Forward
128Jane’s Secret: The Telling
127Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
127In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
126Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
126A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
126Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
126A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
125Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
125Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
125Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
124Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
124Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
124Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
124Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
123Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
123Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
123Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
122Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
121Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
121The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
121Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
121A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
120Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
119Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
119Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
118Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
118Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
118Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
117Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
117Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
117Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
117No-Till Notes: The value of water
117Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
116Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
115Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
115Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
115Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
115Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
115Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
114The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
113Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
113Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
113Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
113Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
112Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
112A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
112Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
112Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
112Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
111Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
111Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
111No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
111Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
110Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
110Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
110Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
110The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
110Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
110No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
110No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
109Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
109A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
109Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
109Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
109Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
109At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
108Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
108A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
108Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
108Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
108History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
108Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
108 Across The Fence: County Fair
107A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
107Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
107Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
107Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
107Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
106From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
106Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
106Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
106Observations Only: Gone away
106A real leaning tree Christmas
106Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
106Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
105Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
105Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
105Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
105From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
105The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
105Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
104Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
104Assad’s endgame
104A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
104A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
104A Small World: Special guest
104Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
104Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
104No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
103Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
103Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
103A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
103Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
103Observations Only: Reality check
103Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
103A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
103A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
102From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
102A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
102From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
102Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
102The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
102No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
102Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
101Across the Fence: On The road
101Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
101Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
101Observations Only: The shadow of error
101A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
101Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
101Observations Only: Indifferent love
101Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
101Observations Only: A sad week
101Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
101Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
101Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
100Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
100Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
100Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
100Across the Fence: Building Barns
100Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
100Observations Only: Temptation
100No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
100In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
99Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
99Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
99Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
99Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
99Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
99Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
99The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
99Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
99Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
98Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
98From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
98A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
98Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
98A Halloween Story: The scary dream
98Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
98Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
98Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
98Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
97The ghost of Ayn Rand
97Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
97A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
97Observations Only: Divine spirit
97The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
97Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
97Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
97Anno Domini: On this remembering day
97Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
97Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
97Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
97Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
97Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
97No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
96Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
96Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
96Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
96Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
96Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
96Observations Only: The need to understand
96Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
96Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
96Anno Domini: We gather together
96Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
96At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
95The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
95From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
95A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
95Teen Voice: The need to get away
95Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
95Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
95Lyman Review: Devil calf
95Totally Random: My journey, life after living
95Building Bridges: Love your enemies
95Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
95Across the Fence: Amanda
95Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
95No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
94Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
94Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
94Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
94Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
94Observations Only: Critical thinking
94Observations Only: Uneventful flight
94From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
94Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
94Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
94Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
94Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
94No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
94No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
93Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
93From the Superintendent’s Desk
93Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
93Observations Only: Curious things
93Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
93Observations Only: Beginnings
93Teeing Off: Persistence
93Teen Voice: Silence
93Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
93Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
93Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
93Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
93Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
93Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
92Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
92Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
92Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
92Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
92Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
92Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
92Observations Only: A gift of serenity
92Observations Only: Divine prompts
92Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
92Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
92Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
92At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
91Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
91Observations Only: A matter of matter
91Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
91Lyman Review: One mean chicken
91Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
91Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
91No-til Notes: Changing plans
91Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
91
90Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
90Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
90Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
90From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
90Observations Only: Curious things, part II
90Observations Only: Journey's end
90Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
90Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
90Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
90Observations Only: A matter of paradox
90Observations Only: A good daughter
90Teeing Off: Around the Green
90Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
90Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
90Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
90Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
90No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
90Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
90Reach out for challenges
89The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
89Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
89Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
89Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
89From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
89Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
89Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
89Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
89Observations Only: Saint Marge
89Lyman Review: The love goat
89Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
89Across The Fence: A day For thanks
89Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
89Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
89Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
89
88Completely Different: Tales from the mat
88Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
88From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
88Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
88Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
88Observations Only: Expect the best
88Observations Only: Willfulness
88Teen Voice: Remember what you have
88A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
88Observations Only: The vision
88Observations Only: Off to the races
88Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
88Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
88Teen Voice: My rebellion
88Teen Voice: The gift of caring
88No Till Notes: Final Stop
88Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
87Teen Voice: Today’s television
87Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
87Observations Only: Good and evil
87Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
87Observations Only: The visit
87Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
87Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
87Across The Fence: Last Christmas
87Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
87Be kind through communications
87In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
86Being a Nebraskan – border to border
86A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
86From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
86Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
86A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
86Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
86Observations Only: Choices
86Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
86Observations Only: The awful truth
86A Small World: Savoring county fair days
86Observations Only: Final moment
86Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
86Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
86SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
86Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
86In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
85Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
85A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
85Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
85Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
85A Stray Moment: Without a net
85The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
85Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
85Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
85Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
85Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
85Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
85Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
85Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
84Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
84Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
84It's no surprise
84Observations Only: Just around the corner
84From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
84Observations Only: The meeting
84Across the Fence: The Pony Express
84Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
84A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
84Observations Only: Waiting time
84Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
84 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
84Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
84At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
83Observations only : Sisters of the world
83Observations Only: A new direction
83Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
83Observations Only: Sister odyssey
83Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
83Observations Only: Scourge of violence
83Teen Voice: Catfished
83Observations Only: Going home
83Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
83Teen Voice: Being a girl
83The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
83Teen Voice: Body image
83The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
83Teen Voice: Stress test
83Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
83The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
83Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
83Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
83
82Across the fence: Something worth remembering
82Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
82Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
82Observations Only: Giving up
82Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
82Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
82Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
82Teen Voice: Self-expression
82Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
82Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
81Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
81Observations Only : The orphanage
81Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
81Observations Only: Blue chip stock
81Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
81Observations Only: Sister lost
81Observations Only: A fine line
81Totally Random: Life’s ripples
81Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
81Observations Only: A day in August
81Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
81At the Monument: Junior Rangers
81Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
81Fourth of July meetings
81Prairie Dogs
81Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
81At the Monument: Night Sky
80Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
80Observations Only: The joy of money
80Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
80The Block
80A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
80From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
80Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
80The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
80A Stray Moment: God Knows
80Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
80Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
80Observations Only: The vigil
80Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
80Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
80Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
80Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
80No-Till Notes: Looking Back
80In the Hills: Explore the state parks
80View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
80New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
80
79Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
79Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
79A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
79A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
79Teen Voice: Serendipity
79Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
79Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
79Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
79Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
79Teeing Off: The thing about state
79
79Teen Voice: The rivalry
79No-till Notes: Moving forward
79
78A last look at the Nebraska Zone
78Age of reason
78A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
78A Stray Moment: The last time
78Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
78Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
78From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
78The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
78Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
78Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
78Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
78Linked Lives
78Letter to the editor
77It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
77Time keeps flowing like a river
77Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
77Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
77Observations Only: Extreme measures
77A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
77The hills, part 1: Mustangs
77The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
77The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
77Teen Voice: Shadow art
77Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
77The Good Life: The two different types of business people
77Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
77Observations Only: The last goodbye
77Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
77At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
76Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
76The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
76Trash cans
76Observations Only: Painting a picture
76Observations Only: North Powder
76From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
76From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
76Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
76Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
76Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
76Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
76Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
76Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
76A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
76Observations Only: One more time
76Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
76Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
75Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
75Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
75Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
75Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
75Our View: The elephant in the room
75Teen Voice: The Other Side
75Totally Random: October, the pink month
75Observations Only: Hog wash
75Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
75Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
75Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
74Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
74A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
74Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
74Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
74Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
74Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
74Teeing Off: Mind Gym
74Totally Random: Happy Halloween
74Observations Only: The last toothpick
74Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
74At the Monument: Art in National Parks
74What’s really going on with our water?
74For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
74Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
74Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
73A Small World: Time traveling
73Observations Only : Mission accomplished
73Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
73Observations Only - Two ages of man
73Observations Only: Saturday delight
73Silence please
73Observations Only: Surprises
73Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
73From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
73Teen Voice: Living within our means
73Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
73Completely Different - The magic of spring
73Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
73Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
73Lyman Review: Dog fun
73In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
72Teen Voice: The more the merrier
72Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
72From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
72Observations Only: No thank you
72Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
72Lyman Review: Winter's dog
72Teen Voice: Where is the love?
72View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
72Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
72Lyman Review: Branding Time
72No-Till Notes: Back in the field
72Website Resources
71 Taking a big risk
71Observations Only: Spider adventure
71Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
71Observations Only: Together again
71Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
71I'm falling for Tumblr?
71Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
71Guest Voices…
71Our View: Community responsible for kids
71Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
71Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
71Teen Voice: To the future
71Totally Random: Trusting the fates
71Teen Voice: Footprints
71Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
70From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
70Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
70Observations Only: What's in a word?
70Teen Voice: Not just another ride
70Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
70The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
70The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
70From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
70Teen Voice: Equality
70Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
70Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
70Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
70Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
70Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
70Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
70No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
70Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
70Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
70Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
70Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
70Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
69Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
69Do You Tube?
69From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
69Teen Voice: Cyber War
69At the Monument: That old (historic) building
69Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
69Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
69Religious freedom must be protected
69Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
69Their View: Goal post move unfair
69Synchronicity:What brings me back
68Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
68Completely Different: Your local government and you
68The zombie apocalypse and you
68Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
68From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
68The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
68Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
68From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
68Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
68Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
68Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
68Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
68Letters to the Editor
67Life's curve balls
67Teen Voice: The road of hatred
67Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
67Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
67The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
67Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
67Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
67Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
67Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
67No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
66Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
66My mini Pen and me
66SELL-OUT!
66Remembering When
66Observations Only: Counting chickens
66Nature Notes: Love is in the air
66Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
66Support emergency services personnel
66
65Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
65View from the block
65Economic development update
65Home of the Brave
65Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
65Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
65Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
65Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
65From the Hill: More Work Ahead
65Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
65At the Library: March into a good book
65Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
64Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
64Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
64The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
64Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
64Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
64The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
64Teen Voice: Happy news
64Why you should visit the zoo in February
64Totally Random: Where does it go?
64Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
63Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
63The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
63LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
63Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
63Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
63At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
62Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
62Completely Different: The Quest
62From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
62Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
62Teen Voice: What is love?
62Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
62Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
62Teen Voice: Inspire me
62Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
62Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
61Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
61Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
61Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
61Welcome to Gering
61Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
61Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
61Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
60Letter to the Editor
60Timing makes perfect
60Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
60Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
60Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
59Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
59Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
59From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
59LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
59From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
59Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
59Rural America and immigration reform
59Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
59From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
58We need a few good people
58Teen Voice: March Madness
58Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
58Practice safe barbecue basics
58Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
58Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
58Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
57Seeing the works of the master
57From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
57Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
56Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
56Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
56Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
55Our view . . .Sports Complex
55Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
55Permission to remember
55My Thanksgiving prayer
55Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
54Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
54Social time has important benefits
54Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
54Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
54From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
53Greetings from the State Capitol
52Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
49Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
48Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
48Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
44Our View: Visionaries wanted
43Our View: Bravo OTD committee
43Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
42Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
37Letter to the Editor
34Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
33Letter to the Editor
29Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
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