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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44Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
43Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
40No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
Most Read News Stories of 2012
17244Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
5058We need a few good people
3169What's the deal with organic milk?
2833Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
2588Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
2520Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
2276Being a Nebraskan – border to border
2216Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
2212The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
2194Completely Different: It's all in the family
2080Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
2071Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
2050Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
1990Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
1944Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
1943Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
1937Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
1935Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
1897The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
1872Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
1862A Small World: Time traveling
1832Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
1829Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
1825Completely Different: Tales from the mat
1810Time keeps flowing like a river
1807Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
1778Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
1777A last look at the Nebraska Zone
1769Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
1768Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
1761Letter to the Editor
1746Observations Only : The orphanage
1734My mini Pen and me
1716Observations Only : Mission accomplished
1712Teen Voice: March Madness
1701Our view . . .Sports Complex
1699From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
1697Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
1690Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
1687Completely Different: Your local government and you
1677Remembering When
1676Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
1674Observations only : Sisters of the world
1668Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1665Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
1662Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
1657Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
1656Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
1654Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
1651Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
1643Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
1640Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
1610Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
1607Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
1604From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
1600It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
1597Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
1595Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
1587Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
1517Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1498Observations Only: Reality check
1478Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
1467SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
1460Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1459Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1449Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
1393Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1347Completely Different: The Quest
1343Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1329Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1279Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1268Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1265Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1259Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1258Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1245Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1233The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1224Across the Fence: Building Barns
1223Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1223From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1218Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1217Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1213Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1202Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1198Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1192From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1187Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1187Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1186No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1172Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1164Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1163From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1161Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1161Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1157Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1150From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1144From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1136Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1133Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1130Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1128Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1121A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1120The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1113Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1108Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1107Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
1104Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1100Across the Fence: On The road
1099Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1098Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1097From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1090Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
1088Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
1084Assad’s endgame
1084A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1080From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
1076A Small World: Savoring county fair days
1075Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
1072Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
1070The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
1068Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
1059Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
1058Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
1057Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
1049Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
1048A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
1043Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
1043From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
1038Observations Only - Two ages of man
1034From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
1032Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
1032Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
1024Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
1018Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
1016The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
1007Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
1007Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
1007Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
1004Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
997A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
993From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
992Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
992Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
986Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
986Observations Only: Painting a picture
979Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
976A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
974Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
971Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
971Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
970Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
965Teen Voice: Today’s television
961Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
958Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
958Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
955Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
955Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
955Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
953Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
950Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
950Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
946Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
945 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
941Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
935From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
935From the Superintendent’s Desk
935From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
930Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
929From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
927Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
927Observations Only: A new direction
926From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
924Across The Fence: A day For thanks
923Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
923From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
921Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
919Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
916The zombie apocalypse and you
916Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
914Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
914From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
913Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
909Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
908A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
907Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
894Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
894Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
892Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
892Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
892Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
890Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
884Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
883From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
880Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
878From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
878Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
875Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
875Observations Only: Giving up
873Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
873Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
869Trash cans
869From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
867A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
866The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
864A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
864A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
859Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
854The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
853From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
852The hills, part 1: Mustangs
850Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
850Across the Fence: The hand dug well
849Observations Only: The joy of money
849Teen Voice: The road of hatred
849Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
848Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
848Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
847Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
847Teen Voice: Catfished
844Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
842Teen Voice: The more the merrier
841Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
841Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
839Observations Only: Saturday delight
838Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
837Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
836The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
835Observations Only: Curious things
833The Block
830At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
829A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
824Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
818Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
816Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
815Life's curve balls
815Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
813A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
813Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
811A Stray Moment: God Knows
810 Taking a big risk
810From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
810Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
808Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
808Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
806A Stray Moment: Without a net
804A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
803A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
802A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
801Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
801The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
800Teen Voice: Not just another ride
800Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
799Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
798A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
798Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
796Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
796The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
793Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
793A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
791Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
789Observations Only: Scourge of violence
788The ghost of Ayn Rand
788Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
787Seeing the works of the master
786From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
785Observations Only: Counting chickens
784The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
781Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
781Observations Only: Extreme measures
780Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
778A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
777Timing makes perfect
777Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
776Observations Only: Just around the corner
776Observations Only: Going home
775Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
774Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
771View from the block
771Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
771Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
768The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
768Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
766SELL-OUT!
766Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
766Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
765A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
764Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
764Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
763Observations Only: Uneventful flight
762A Stray Moment: The last time
762A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
762Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
760The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
758Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
757Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
757Teen Voice: Living within our means
755Teen Voice: Body image
754It's no surprise
754Totally Random: My journey, life after living
753The Good Life: The two different types of business people
750Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
750Observations Only: Surprises
749Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
748Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
747Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
746Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
746Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
745Welcome to Gering
744Silence please
744A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
744Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
744Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
744Observations Only: Journey's end
742From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
741Age of reason
741Rural America and immigration reform
739Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
737Observations Only: No thank you
737Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
737Observations Only: A gift of serenity
735Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
735The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
734Do You Tube?
734Observations Only: What's in a word?
734Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
734A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
732Observations Only: The awful truth
730Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
728Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
727Teen Voice: Shadow art
727Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
726Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
726Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
725Teen Voice: Serendipity
723Economic development update
723LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
723Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
723Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
721Observations Only: Critical thinking
721A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
720Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
719Observations Only: North Powder
718Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
716Observations Only: Together again
716Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
716Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
715Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
715Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
714Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
713Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
713From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
713Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
713Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
710Observations Only: Sister odyssey
709Observations Only: Blue chip stock
709Observations Only: Sister lost
706Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
706A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
705Observations Only: Spider adventure
705The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
702From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
700Observations Only: Curious things, part II
700Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
697I'm falling for Tumblr?
697Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
696Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
694Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
694Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
693Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
693Guest Voices…
692Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
687Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
686Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
682From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
682A real leaning tree Christmas
681From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
679Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
675Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
674Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
672Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
671A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
671Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
671Teen Voice: Being a girl
671Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
671Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
669My Thanksgiving prayer
669Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
668The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
667Permission to remember
665Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
662Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
662Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
662The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
662Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
658Observations Only: The meeting
658The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
657Observations Only : White water
657A Small World: Special guest
657Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
656Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
655Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
653Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
652Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
652Our View: The elephant in the room
652Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
650Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
649Social time has important benefits
649Home of the Brave
649Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
648The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
644Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
644Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
643Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
642A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
641Observations Only: Good and evil
640Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
640The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
639Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
637Practice safe barbecue basics
636Teen Voice: Happy news
635The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
635Teeing Off: Around the Green
634LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
630Observations Only: A matter of matter
629Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
629Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
629Observations Only: Expect the best
627Observations Only: A fine line
627Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
625The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
624Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
624Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
622Observations Only: The shadow of error
621The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
621The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
620Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
619Observations Only: Beginnings
616Observations Only: Indifferent love
614Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
613Our View: Bravo OTD committee
613Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
612Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
611Observations Only: Divine spirit
607Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
606Teen Voice: Equality
603Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
598Completely Different - The magic of spring
597Anno Domini: We gather together
596Observations Only: A matter of paradox
595Observations Only: Choices
593Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
592Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
592Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
591Observations Only: Divine prompts
590A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
584Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
583Teen Voice: Silence
580Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
580Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
579Observations Only: Temptation
571Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
571A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
570Building Bridges: Love your enemies
569Observations Only: Off to the races
569Observations Only: A sad week
569The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
568Totally Random: Life’s ripples
566Lyman Review: Devil calf
565Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
565Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
561Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
561Observations Only: The vision
560Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
559Observations Only: Willfulness
557Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
554A Halloween Story: The scary dream
552Teen Voice: The need to get away
552Totally Random: October, the pink month
549Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
549Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
549Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
548Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
544Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
543Our View: Visionaries wanted
542Observations Only: The need to understand
539Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
536Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
534Across the Fence: The Pony Express
531Observations Only: A good daughter
525Teen Voice: Stress test
521Teen Voice: Footprints
520Teeing Off: Persistence
520Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
520Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
518Teeing Off: Mind Gym
516Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
514Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
512Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
511Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
510Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
508Teen Voice: The rivalry
508Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
508Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
500Teen Voice: Remember what you have
500Observations Only: Waiting time
500Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
497Observations Only: Saint Marge
493Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
492Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
491Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
489Lyman Review: The love goat
485Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
484Teen Voice: The Other Side
483Teeing Off: The thing about state
483Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
480Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
480Anno Domini: On this remembering day
477Totally Random: Happy Halloween
475Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
474Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
473Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
473Teen Voice: What is love?
472Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
469Observations Only: Gone away
467Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
465Teen Voice: My rebellion
464Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
464Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
463Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
462Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
459Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
459Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
454No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
452Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
448Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
448Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
445Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
443Teen Voice: Self-expression
441 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
440Observations Only: Hog wash
440Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
437Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
437Why you should visit the zoo in February
434Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
434Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
433Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
426From the Hill: More Work Ahead
423Lyman Review: One mean chicken
421Teen Voice: Cyber War
420At the Library: March into a good book
419
418For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
417Observations Only: The visit
411Observations Only: A day in August
408Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
408Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
403What’s really going on with our water?
401Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
401Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
396A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
394Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
391In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
389No-Till Notes: Looking Back
387Observations Only: The last goodbye
385Observations Only: One more time
384Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
381Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
381Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
380Observations Only: Final moment
379Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
377Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
376No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
376Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
375Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
374Teen Voice: The gift of caring
372Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
369Teen Voice: To the future
368Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
367Lyman Review: Branding Time
367Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
367Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
366View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
365Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
364Their View: Goal post move unfair
364At the Monument: Junior Rangers
363Across The Fence: Last Christmas
363Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
358Teen Voice: Where is the love?
358Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
357Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
356Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
354Totally Random: Where does it go?
353Observations Only: The last toothpick
353Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
353Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
352Our View: Community responsible for kids
351Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
350Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
347Nature Notes: Love is in the air
346Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
344In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
342Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
339In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
338Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
337Totally Random: Trusting the fates
336Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
335Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
335Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
334Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
332Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
332Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
330Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
329Observations Only: The vigil
329Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
326Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
325Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
325Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
322Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
320Linked Lives
320History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
317Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
317Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
313At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
312Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
309Support emergency services personnel
307Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
307Religious freedom must be protected
304Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
303Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
300At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
299In the Hills: Explore the state parks
298Lyman Review: Winter's dog
298Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
297College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
296No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
294At the Monument: That old (historic) building
294Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
294Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
293Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
293Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
291Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
291Website Resources
289Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
288From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
286Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
286Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
286No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
284Across the Fence: Amanda
284Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
283Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
282Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
282Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
282Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
278Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
276No-till Notes: Moving forward
275Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
274Lyman Review: Dog fun
274No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
273At the Monument: Where are the animals?
271New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
269Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
268At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
265Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
264Teen Voice: Inspire me
264Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
263Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
257No-til Notes: Changing plans
256Greetings from the State Capitol
255Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
255Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
255Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
253Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
252No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
251Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
249No-Till Notes: Back in the field
246Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
235Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
229At the Monument: Art in National Parks
226Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
222Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
221View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
220Be kind through communications
219Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
217Synchronicity:What brings me back
216Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
211Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
208No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
207Letter to the editor
195Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
193Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
190Letters to the Editor
188In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
188Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
172A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
166A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
162Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
162Fourth of July meetings
148Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
137Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
136Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
132Prairie Dogs
131Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
128Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
127Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
123Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
123Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
123 Across The Fence: County Fair
121
118No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
110At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
105No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
103In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
101Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
100Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
94Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
90No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
89Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
79
74Creatures of the Night
71Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
65At the Monument: Night Sky
54No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
49Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
45
44Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
43Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
40No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
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