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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114Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
114What’s really going on with our water?
114Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
114Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
113From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
113Teen Voice: The Other Side
113
113Totally Random: Trusting the fates
113Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
113Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
112Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
112Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
112Teeing Off: The thing about state
112A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
112Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
112Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
112For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
112Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
111Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
111Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
111Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
111Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
111Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
111Website Resources
111
110Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
110From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
110Teen Voice: Shadow art
110Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
110Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
110View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
110Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
109Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
109Teen Voice: Equality
109I'm falling for Tumblr?
109Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
109Our View: Community responsible for kids
109Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
109Teen Voice: Where is the love?
109Nature Notes: Love is in the air
109Teen Voice: Footprints
109Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
108Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
108Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
108Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
108Teen Voice: Cyber War
108Support emergency services personnel
108Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
107Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
107Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
107Teen Voice: To the future
107In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
107Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
107Synchronicity:What brings me back
106From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
106Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
106Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
106Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
106Why you should visit the zoo in February
106At the Library: March into a good book
106Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
105Our View: The elephant in the room
105Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
105Teen Voice: Inspire me
105Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
105Their View: Goal post move unfair
105Building Bridges: Shovels and skills are as valuable as degrees
104Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
104Teeing Off: Mind Gym
104Religious freedom must be protected
103Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
103Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
103Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
103At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
103Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
103Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
102Guest Voices…
102From the Hill: More Work Ahead
102Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
102Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
101From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
101Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
101Totally Random: Where does it go?
101Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
100Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
100Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
100Letters to the Editor
99Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
99Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
99Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
99Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
99Our View: A failure to communicate
98Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
97Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
97Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
96Rural America and immigration reform
95Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
95Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
95Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
95From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
93Teen Voice: What is love?
93Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
92Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
92Greetings from the State Capitol
89Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
88Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
81No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
80Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
80Letter to the Editor
53To The Editor
31Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
29Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
Most Read News Stories of 2012
675Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
663Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
638All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
545The Christmas Story
504Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
486To whom are we thankful?
433Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
429Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
418A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
400A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
378At the Monument: Museum collections
374A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
373Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
371Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
369Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
362Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
347Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
345The Good Life: There is good everywhere
342Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
342Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
339No-Till Notes: No-Till Conference
336No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
321Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
321Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
315Support letters requested for airport
308A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
307Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
306The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
305A Stray Moment: Those we lost in 2014
302A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
297Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
290Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
287Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
286Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
283Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
282The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
277No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
275At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
273Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
273Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
273A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
271No Till Notes:
270In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
270Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
265No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
265No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
264Observations Only: A soul’s journey
264At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
263What's the deal with organic milk?
263Observations Only : White water
263Letters to the Editor
263A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
262Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
260Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
259Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
257Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
257Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
255Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
254Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
253Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
249Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
248Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
246At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
245Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
244Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
241Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
240Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
240In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
240Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
232Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
232Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
230
229Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
225Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
225Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
225Jane’s Secret: The Telling
224At the Monument: Where are the animals?
222All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
220Teen Voice: Serendipity
219Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
217A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
217At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
216A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
216No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
216At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
215Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
215Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
214Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
212Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
210Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
210Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
209Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
209Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
208Completely Different: It's all in the family
206Across the Fence: The hand dug well
206Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
206Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
206Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
206At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
206Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
204A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
204A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
204Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
204Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
203From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
203Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
203Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
203Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
201Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
200A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
200Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
198Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
197College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
197All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
196Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
196Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
196Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
195Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
195Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
195Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
194The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
194At the Monument: Living History
193Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
193Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
193Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
193Creatures of the Night
192Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
192No Till Notes: Moving Forward
191Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
191Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
190Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
190Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
190Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
190Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
190Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
189Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
189Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
187Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
186Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
185Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
185Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
184Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
184Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
184Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
183Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
183Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
183Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
183No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
183No-Till Notes: The value of water
182Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
182The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
182Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
181Totally Random: The Golden Rule
181History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
181Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
180Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
180Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
179A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
179No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
179Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
179Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
178A real leaning tree Christmas
177
177Across The Fence: Flossie, love child of the eighties.
176Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
176A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
176Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
176Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
176 Across The Fence: County Fair
175A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
175 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
175Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
175Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
175Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
174A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
174Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
174No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
174No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
174Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
173A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
173Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
173Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
173A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
173
172A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
172Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
172Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
172Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
172Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
171Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
171Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
171Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
170Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
170Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
170Observations Only: Temptation
170Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
170Observations Only: Reality check
170A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
170Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
169Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
169Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
169Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
169Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
169Building Bridges: Love your enemies
168Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
168Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
168Observations Only: The shadow of error
168Observations Only: Gone away
168Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
167A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
167Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
167Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
167Observations Only: Indifferent love
167Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
167Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
166Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
166Observations Only: A sad week
166No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
166Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
166Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
166Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
166Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
165Observations Only: Curious things
165Observations Only: Curious things, part II
165Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
165Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
165Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
165Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
165No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
164Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
164A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
164Observations Only: Divine prompts
164Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
164Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
164Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
164Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
164Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
163Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
163Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
163Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
163Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
163Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
163Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
163Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
162A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
162A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
162Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
162The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
162Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
162Anno Domini: We gather together
162Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
162Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
161Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
161Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
161Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
160Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
160Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
160A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
160Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
160Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
160Observations Only: The need to understand
160Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
160Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
160Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
160No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
159Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
159Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
159Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
159From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
159Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
159No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
158Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
158Observations Only: Beginnings
158Observations Only: A matter of matter
158Observations Only: Divine spirit
158Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
158Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
158Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
158Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
158Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
158In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
157Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
157Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
157A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
157The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
157Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
157Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
157Across the Fence: Amanda
156Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
156Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
156Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
156Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
156Observations Only: Saint Marge
156Anno Domini: On this remembering day
156Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
156Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
156Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
156No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
155Observations Only: A gift of serenity
155A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
155The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
155Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
155Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
155Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
155No-til Notes: Changing plans
155No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
155Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
155No Till Notes: Final Stop
154Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
154Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
154Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
154Observations Only: A matter of paradox
154Observations Only: A good daughter
154Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
154Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
154Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
154Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
153Observations Only: Critical thinking
153Observations Only: Going home
153Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
153Observations Only: Off to the races
153Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
153Across The Fence: A day For thanks
153Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
152From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
152Observations Only: Good and evil
152Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
152Observations Only: The vision
152Observations Only: The awful truth
152Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
152Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
152No-Till Notes: Looking Back
152Our View: Streamlining is great...when all are informed
151Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
151Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
151Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
151Observations Only: Uneventful flight
151A Stray Moment: Without a net
151The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
151No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
150Observations Only: Journey's end
150Observations Only: Expect the best
150A Halloween Story: The scary dream
150Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
150Across The Fence: Last Christmas
150Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
150Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
150Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
150Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
149Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
149Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
149Observations Only: Willfulness
149Observations Only: Choices
149 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
149At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
149Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
148A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
148From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
148A Stray Moment: God Knows
148Observations Only: Waiting time
148Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
148Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
148Observations Only: Final moment
148Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
147Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
147Across the Fence: Building Barns
147Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
147At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
147Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
147Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
146Across the Fence: On The road
146Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
146Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
146Observations Only: The visit
146Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
146In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
146Across The Fence: No way to treat a lady
145Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
145Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
145Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
145Observations Only: A fine line
145Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
144Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
144Assad’s endgame
144Observations Only: A day in August
144Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
144At the Monument: Night Sky
143Observations Only: Hog wash
143SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
142The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
142The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
141Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
141Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
141A Small World: Special guest
141No-till Notes: Moving forward
140Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
140Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
140Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
140From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
140Observations Only: The vigil
140Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
140Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
140A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
139Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
139Teen Voice: My rebellion
139The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
139Totally Random: My journey, life after living
139No-Till Notes: Back in the field
138Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
138Observations Only: Sister lost
138Teen Voice: The need to get away
138Lyman Review: Devil calf
138At the Monument: Domestic Animals on the Oregon Trail
137Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
137From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
137
137Lyman Review: The Frozen Tundra
136Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
136Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
136From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
136The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
136Teeing Off: Around the Green
136Observations Only: One more time
135The ghost of Ayn Rand
135The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
135Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
135Observations Only: The last goodbye
135No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
135At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
134Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
134The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
134Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
134The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
134Teen Voice: Silence
134Lyman Review: One mean chicken
134Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
133Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
133Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
133Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
133The Good Life: The two different types of business people
133Observations Only: The last toothpick
133At the Monument: Junior Rangers
133Letter to the Editor
132Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
132Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
132Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
132Lyman Review: The love goat
132No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
131Observations only : Sisters of the world
131Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
131Observations Only : The orphanage
131Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
131The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
131In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
131Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
130Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
130Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
130The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
130At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
129Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
129Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
129Observations Only: Scourge of violence
129Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
129Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
129Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
129
128Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
128Observations Only: Just around the corner
128Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
128Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
128A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
128Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
128Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
128Across the Fence: Oliver T. Jackson, Colorado pioneer
127Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
127A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
127Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
127Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
127The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
127Teeing Off: Persistence
127Teen Voice: The gift of caring
127Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
127Prairie Dogs
126Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
126A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
126Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
126Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
126Teen Voice: Being a girl
126Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
126At the Monument: Art in National Parks
126Lyman Review: Branding Time
126At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
125Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
125Observations Only: A new direction
125Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
125Teen Voice: Catfished
125Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
124 Taking a big risk
124The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
124Teen Voice: Stress test
124Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
124Be kind through communications
124Fourth of July meetings
124Reach out for challenges
123Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
123Across the fence: Something worth remembering
123Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
123Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
123The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
123Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
122A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
122Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
122Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
122Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
122Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
122Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
122
121A last look at the Nebraska Zone
121Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
121A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
121A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
121Observations Only: Giving up
121Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
121Teen Voice: Remember what you have
121Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
121Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
121Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
121No Till Notes: It’s All About the Carbon
120A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
120A Stray Moment: The last time
120Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
120Teen Voice: Body image
120Teen Voice: Self-expression
120Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
119Age of reason
119Observations Only: Extreme measures
119A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
119Observations Only: Together again
119Observations Only: Sister odyssey
119Observations Only: Blue chip stock
119From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
119Across the Fence: The Pony Express
119Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
119Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
119Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
119Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
119Totally Random: Life’s ripples
119At the Monument: That old (historic) building
119
118Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
118Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
118Completely Different - The magic of spring
118A Small World: Savoring county fair days
118Lyman Review: Winter's dog
118New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
118
118Jane’s Secret LIII: The bargain
117Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
117From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
117Observations Only: Painting a picture
117Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
117Teen Voice: The rivalry
117Totally Random: October, the pink month
117Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
117Lyman Review: Dog fun
117View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
117Linked Lives
117In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
116Time keeps flowing like a river
116From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
116Observations Only: The meeting
116Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
116Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
116Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
116In the Hills: Explore the state parks
116Letter to the editor
115Observations Only: The joy of money
115It's no surprise
115Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
115Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
115Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
115Totally Random: Happy Halloween
115Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
115Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
115Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
115Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
115Teen View: My crazy, wonderful life
114Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
114Observations Only: Spider adventure
114From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
114Teen Voice: Living within our means
114Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
114Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
114Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
114What’s really going on with our water?
114Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
114Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
113From the Superintendent’s Desk
113Observations Only: North Powder
113From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
113Teen Voice: The Other Side
113
113Totally Random: Trusting the fates
113Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
113Letter to the Editor: A call to defend the U.S. Constitution
112Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
112From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
112Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
112Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
112Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
112Teeing Off: The thing about state
112A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
112Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
112Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
112For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
112Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
111Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
111Observations Only - Two ages of man
111Trash cans
111Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
111Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
111Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
111Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
111Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
111Website Resources
111
110Completely Different: Tales from the mat
110Being a Nebraskan – border to border
110Silence please
110Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
110The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
110Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
110Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
110From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
110Teen Voice: Shadow art
110Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
110Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
110View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
110Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
109Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
109Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
109Teen Voice: Equality
109I'm falling for Tumblr?
109Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
109Our View: Community responsible for kids
109Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
109Teen Voice: Where is the love?
109Nature Notes: Love is in the air
109Teen Voice: Footprints
109Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
108Life's curve balls
108Observations Only: Surprises
108Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
108Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
108Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
108Teen Voice: Cyber War
108Support emergency services personnel
108Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
107Teen Voice: Today’s television
107Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
107Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
107Teen Voice: To the future
107In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
107Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
107Synchronicity:What brings me back
106Observations Only: What's in a word?
106Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
106From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
106Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
106Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
106Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
106Why you should visit the zoo in February
106At the Library: March into a good book
106Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
105Observations Only : Mission accomplished
105The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
105Observations Only: Saturday delight
105From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
105Our View: The elephant in the room
105Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
105Teen Voice: Inspire me
105Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
105Their View: Goal post move unfair
105Building Bridges: Shovels and skills are as valuable as degrees
104Observations Only: No thank you
104Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
104Teeing Off: Mind Gym
104Religious freedom must be protected
103Observations Only: Counting chickens
103Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
103Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
103Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
103At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
103Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
103Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
102Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
102Guest Voices…
102From the Hill: More Work Ahead
102Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
102Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
101Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
101From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
101Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
101Totally Random: Where does it go?
101Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
100Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
100From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
100From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
100Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
100Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
100Letters to the Editor
99The Block
99Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
99Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
99Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
99Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
99Our View: A failure to communicate
98Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
97The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
97Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
97Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
96The hills, part 1: Mustangs
96The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
96The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
96Rural America and immigration reform
95It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
95From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
95Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
95Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
95Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
95From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
93Teen Voice: What is love?
93Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina At the Library
92From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
92The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
92Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
92Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
92Greetings from the State Capitol
91Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
90SELL-OUT!
90Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
90The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
89Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
89Across The Fence: The Youngest Discoverer
88Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
87My mini Pen and me
87Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
87Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
86Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
86A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
86From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
86Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
85A Small World: Time traveling
85Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
84Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
83Teen Voice: The more the merrier
83Teen Voice: Not just another ride
83Remembering When
82Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
82Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
82The zombie apocalypse and you
82Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
82From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
81Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
81Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
81Do You Tube?
81Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
81Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
81Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
81Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
81No-Till Notes: Path to Soil Health
80Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
80Completely Different: Your local government and you
80Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
80Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
80Letter to the Editor
78Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
78Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
78Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
77Completely Different: The Quest
77Teen Voice: The road of hatred
77Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
77Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
76Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
76Economic development update
76From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
76Teen Voice: Happy news
75Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
74Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
74Timing makes perfect
74Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
74LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
74Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
74Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
74Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
73Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
73Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
73Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
72Welcome to Gering
72LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
71We need a few good people
71Seeing the works of the master
71View from the block
71Home of the Brave
71Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
70Letter to the Editor
69Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
69Our view . . .Sports Complex
69From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
68Teen Voice: March Madness
68From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
68Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
67Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
67Social time has important benefits
67Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
67From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
66Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
66Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
66From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
65Permission to remember
65Practice safe barbecue basics
64Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
64Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
64My Thanksgiving prayer
63Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
63Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
61From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
61Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
56Our View: Visionaries wanted
53To The Editor
48Our View: Bravo OTD committee
31Jane’s Secret LIV The bargain part II
29Across The Fence: Battle of Valverde and The Texas Lancers
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