THIS WEEK IN WW-II
January 20, 2011 Tom Gribble   

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, return to the White House after his is sworn in for his third presidential term on Jan. 20, 1941.

Jan. 16, 1941 (Thursday): President Roosevelt proposed the making of 200 cargo ships and asked Congress for $350,000,000 to do so.

Six years later President Truman announced an agreement had been reached by Army and Navy leaders to join forces under a new Department of Defense. Both would retain subordinate t Departments within the organization. The agreement would also create a new and equal Department of the Air Force.

Just recently, a proposal to make the Marine Corps a Department level service has made the rounds. Though I am an ex-Marine (if there is such a thing - once a Marine, always a Marine) with five years active "duty, I am opposed to Department level status for the Marine Corps.

The Corps was founded on Nov. 10, 1775, nearly eight months before our Declaration of Independence. The Corps served aboard ships and made its first amphibious landing on March 3, 1776. The Marine Corps, a component of the Navy Department, was officially established by Congress on July 11, 1798.

While article II, Section 2 of U.S. Constitution makes the President the Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, Article I, Section 8 says only Congress may declare war. With this, I feel quite strongly that the President does not have the authority to send our armed forces into foreign combats without a Congressional Declaration of War.
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n defiance of this, every American war since the end of WW-II has been begun by a sitting President: Korea, Vietnam (including Cambodia and Laos), Grenada, Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Kuwait/Iraq, Somalia, Haiti, and Afghanistan.

Eight full-scale wars that were, contrary to our Constitution, not declared by Congress. How many Americans paid in blood? I have been able to locate reasonably accurate numbers for four of those wars: Korea, Vietnam, the 1991 Gulf War, and the 2003-2009 Iraq War. The total comes to 117,175 dead Americans. Another 288,582 wounded.
Casualty numbering for the ongoing war in Afghanistan is difficult to quantify. The number of dead and wounded is given by the month, but seems to be published only sporadically, so totals by the year – or so far into the war – are not readily arrived at.

Rather than making the Corps a Department level entity, I would propose the Marine Corps be made the President's Own. The President would be able to use only the Corps at his/her discretion without a Declaration of War by Congress.

This will allow a President to quickly dispatch armed forces to trouble spots for the protection of American lives and property, but would prevent him/her from getting us entangled in multiple full-scale undeclared wars.

To avoid massive wars, such as we have seen during the last sixty years, the size of the Corps should be limited during peacetime. The Marine Corps has on active duty three Divisions along with three supporting Air Wings (plus one of each in the Reserves) equipped with fighters, fighter/bombers, and transports, including air-to-air refuelers. This is more than sufficient for limited engagements.

I do respect and admire those who have served and are now serving in these wars. I am merely against undeclared wars. If a war is worth fighting, make it Constitutionally correct.
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he Marine Corps Band, by the way, is called the President's Own. And do you think it odd that Article II, Section 2 has not been amended to include the Air Force?
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an. 17, 1941: Rear Admiral Richard K. Turner, Director of the U.S. Navy's War Plans Division, informed Admiral Harold R. Stark, Chief of Naval Operations -(CNO), that the U.S. Navy could be able to perform transatlantic escort-of-convoy missions from North America to Scotland by the first of April, provided plans for this duty were immediately worked out.

Six years later President Truman clarified yesterday's announcement by saying only the Secretary of Defense would be a Cabinet level official; the Secretaries of the Army and Navy would not have a seat in the Cabinet, nor would the new Air Force Secretary.

Monday, Jan. 17, 2011: Born on January 15, 1929. Shot dead on April 4, 1968. Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Jan 18, 1941: Six years later (1947) Pope Pius said, "The tyranny of Communism succeeded the tyranny of Nazism." I wonder how many surviving European Jews would have agreed with him.

Jan. 19, 1941: Hitler summoned a "shaken and humiliated" Mussolini to Berghof, his villa above Berchtesgaden, for a two-day conference. II Duce thought this would be 4-8 hours of rebuke and chastisement. His son-in-law, Count Galeazzo Ciano, saw Mussolini "frowning and nervous" as he boarded the train.

Turns out Hitler was in an expansive mood and treated his guests graciously. General Alfedo Guzzoni, then Chief of Staff, was with Mussolini, as was Ciano, Italy’s Foreign Minister. What Hitler wanted to discuss was his plans for helping the Italians in their war on Greece.

Hitler also told his allies, "I don't see great danger coming from America even if she should enter the war. The much greater danger is the gigantic block of Russia. Though we have very favorable political and economic agreements with Russia, I prefer to rely on powerful means at my disposal." However, he did not elaborate, nor did he mention his intended Russian invasion.

Six years later (19-47) French forces began attacking Viet Nam troops in Hue. I wonder if anyone in America took notice. I would have just turned 13 years old. I did not take notice.

Jan. 20, 1941: Fifty-eight year old Franklin Delano Roosevelt was sworn in for his unprecedented third term as President of the United States.
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ix years later the U.S. signed World War Two peace treaties with Italy, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Rumania. That's 20 months after the end of hostilities in Europe. Actually, quite quick work for diplomats. Not until 1951 did the U.S. sign formal peace treaties with our major foes, Japan and Germany; the first on Sept. 8, the latter on Oct. 19.

Jan. 21, 1941: Once again Yosuke Matsuoka, Japan's Foreign Minister, chastised America for "interfering" in Asian affairs.
In a related action, the U.S. announced it was ending the prohibition of exports to the U.S.S.R. The ban had been a part of our so called "moral embargo."

In North Africa the British and Australians penetrated the Italian lines at Tobruk on the Mediterranean Sea coast in northeast Libya.
Six years later General George C. Marshall, Army Chief of Staff throughout WW-II, was appointed U.S. Secretary of State. He will while in that position do" wonders for Europe, and especially so for Germany.

Jan. 22, 1941: The fighting for Tobruk ended with the capture of 25,000 Italians. Compare that to the less than 400 Allied casualties.

"Shoot all the blue jays you want," Atticus tells Jem, his not quite teenage son, "if you can hit 'em, but remember, it's a sin To Kill A Mockingbird."

Mockingbirds eat weed seeds and insects we don't like, often picking the bugs out of car and truck radiators while the vehicles are parked. But, there's more to them than that.
As Calpurnia tells Scout, Jem's younger by four years sister, "Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin To Kill a Mockingbird."

We have wandered into the little town of Maycomb. We are going through our darkest years of our deepest depression. But, at their last convention the Democrat's sang "Happy Days Are Here Again!" And during his inauguration our new President told us, "We have nothing to fear but fear itself."

For some, perhaps, in Maycomb County. If you're white and own the land the sharecroppers work. Or, should you have a small business in this tiny county seat.

Should you be born black, though, through no fault of your own, happy days are few. You work" for The Man you fear. You live in the shack The Man provides on his place. Perhaps someone will teach your kids how to read and write. But it won't be in a school.
And if a young white girl like Mayella Ewell says a black man like Tom Robinson tried to rape her, the all-white jury will believe her. Regardless of the lack of evidence. Or faulty testimony. (Her face had been badly battered on the right side. Tom's useless left arm dangles at his side. He can use only his right arm. Mayella's dad, Bob Ewell, is left-handed.)

The jury spends more than eight hours in deliberation. All 12 members know Tom is innocent. But this is Alabama. And this is 1935. Tom's wife, Helen, will be a widow tomorrow.

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1538Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
1535Being a Nebraskan – border to border
1531Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
1530Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
1526Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
1525Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
1512Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
1504Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
1483Observations only : Sisters of the world
1457Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
1424It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
1423Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
1415Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
1381From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
1337Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
1294Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1291Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
1230Completely Different: The Quest
1225Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
1215From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
1185Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
1174Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1163Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1124Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1100Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1042Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1021From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1012Across the Fence: Building Barns
993Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
991Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
977Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
952From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
944Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
940Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
934Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
932Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
932Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
927Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
927Totally Random: The Golden Rule
921Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
916Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
915Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
912A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
909No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
907From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
905Observations Only - Two ages of man
894From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
885Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
880Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
878Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
870The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
868Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
863From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
863Across the Fence: On The road
861From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
856Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
854The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
851Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
849Assad’s endgame
844Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
842The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
839Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
839Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
834Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
833A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
831Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
822Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
822Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
815A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
812Observations Only: Painting a picture
811Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
810Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
810From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
807Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
804Observations Only: A soul’s journey
803Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
802Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
801Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
800Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
797Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
789Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
786Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
784Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
781Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
780Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
779Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
775Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
774The zombie apocalypse and you
774Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
771Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
770Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
767A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
766Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
759Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
758Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
754Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
754Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
753From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
751Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
746Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
745Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
741Observations Only: A new direction
738Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
734Teen Voice: Today’s television
725Observations Only: Giving up
725From the Superintendent’s Desk
724Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
723From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
722Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
722Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
721Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
721Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
720Trash cans
720Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
718Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
717Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
715Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
714Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
714From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
713Teen Voice: The road of hatred
713Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
712A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
711From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
711Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
709Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
708Observations Only: The joy of money
708Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
707From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
706Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
706Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
702Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
700From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
698Teen Voice: The more the merrier
697A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
696The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
696Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
696Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
691Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
690The Block
686Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
686Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
684From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
680 Taking a big risk
679Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
674Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
673From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
671Observations Only: Saturday delight
671Teen Voice: Catfished
669A Small World: Savoring county fair days
668Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
668From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
667The hills, part 1: Mustangs
667The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
667Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
664Life's curve balls
662Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
661Seeing the works of the master
660Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
660Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
657From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
656Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
654Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
654The ghost of Ayn Rand
654Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
652Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
651A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
650Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
649A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
649From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
649Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
649Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
648Observations Only: Extreme measures
647Teen Voice: Not just another ride
646Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
646Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
644Timing makes perfect
644Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
642Observations Only: Counting chickens
642Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
640Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
640Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
635SELL-OUT!
635Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
635Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
635From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
635Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
628A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
628A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
626Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
625A Stray Moment: God Knows
625Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
623It's no surprise
622A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
620Observations Only: Just around the corner
620A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
619Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
617Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
615A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
615Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
615Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
614Do You Tube?
614The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
612Observations Only: Scourge of violence
610Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
609Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
608View from the block
606The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
605Welcome to Gering
605Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
604A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
603Observations Only: What's in a word?
603The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
602From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
600Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
600From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
599Silence please
598A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
597Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
597The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
595A Stray Moment: The last time
593LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
593A Stray Moment: Without a net
590A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
589From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
589Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
589Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
588Observations Only: Together again
587Age of reason
586Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
585Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
584Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
584A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
583The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
580Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
580Observations Only: Going home
580Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
580Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
579Economic development update
578Observations Only: No thank you
577Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
577Observations Only: Curious things
577 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
575Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
573Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
573Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
572Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
571From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
570Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
568Observations Only: Surprises
568Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
567From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
567Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
565Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
564At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
561Guest Voices…
560Observations Only: Spider adventure
560Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
558Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
558Observations Only: Uneventful flight
558Teen Voice: Living within our means
557Observations Only: North Powder
557Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
557Rural America and immigration reform
556Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
556A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
556Teen Voice: Body image
555Observations Only: Sister odyssey
555Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
555Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
554Observations Only: Blue chip stock
554Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
554Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
554Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
551The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
550Observations Only: Critical thinking
549Teen Voice: Shadow art
547A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
547The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
545Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
544A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
544Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
543From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
543Across the Fence: The hand dug well
542Permission to remember
542Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
541Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
540Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
538A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
536From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
536Across The Fence: A day For thanks
534Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
534Observations Only: The awful truth
533Teen Voice: Serendipity
530The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
529Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
528Our View: The elephant in the room
526Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
526Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
525LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
525Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
525Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
523Observations Only: Journey's end
520Social time has important benefits
520Home of the Brave
518Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
515From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
515Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
515Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
514Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
514Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
514Observations Only: Curious things, part II
514Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
513Practice safe barbecue basics
512Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
510Observations Only: Sister lost
509Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
509Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
508Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
507Observations Only: The meeting
506Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
506Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
505The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
502My Thanksgiving prayer
502Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
502A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
499Our View: Bravo OTD committee
499Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
497The Good Life: The two different types of business people
495Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
493The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
493Totally Random: My journey, life after living
492I'm falling for Tumblr?
490Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
488Remembering When
487Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
486Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
485Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
485Teen Voice: Being a girl
485Observations Only: A gift of serenity
485Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
484Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
484Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
484Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
484A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
483A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
479Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
476Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
475The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
474Teen Voice: Happy news
473Observations Only : White water
471Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
468Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
462Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
459A Small World: Special guest
456Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
456Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
455Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
453Observations Only: A fine line
453Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
452Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
451Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
451Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
450Observations Only: Good and evil
449Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
447Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
447Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
446Teen Voice: Equality
446Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
443Our View: Visionaries wanted
443The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
442Observations Only: Expect the best
439Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
438Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
438A real leaning tree Christmas
438Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
435Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
433Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
425Observations Only: The shadow of error
424Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
424Observations Only: A matter of matter
424The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
423The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
422The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
422Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
421The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
420The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
420Observations Only: Indifferent love
418Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
416Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
415Observations Only: Beginnings
415Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
414Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
414Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
414Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
409Completely Different - The magic of spring
408Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
407Observations Only: Divine spirit
405Observations Only: Choices
404Observations Only: Temptation
404Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
403Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
400The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
399Totally Random: Life’s ripples
394Observations Only: Willfulness
390Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
385Teen Voice: The need to get away
385Teeing Off: Around the Green
384Observations Only: Divine prompts
382Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
381Observations Only: A matter of paradox
380Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
379A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
378A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
377Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
373Anno Domini: We gather together
372Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
372A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
370Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
370Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
370Observations Only: Off to the races
370Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
369Observations Only: The vision
364Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
363Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
363Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
362Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
358Across the Fence: The Pony Express
358Totally Random: October, the pink month
358Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
357Observations Only: The need to understand
356Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
355Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
349Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
348Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
347Observations Only: A good daughter
347Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
343Teeing Off: Mind Gym
342Teen Voice: Silence
339A Halloween Story: The scary dream
337Building Bridges: Love your enemies
336Teeing Off: Persistence
334Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
333Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
331Lyman Review: Devil calf
329Teen Voice: Stress test
327Teen Voice: Remember what you have
327Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
326Teen Voice: The Other Side
325Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
325Observations Only: A sad week
317Teeing Off: The thing about state
316Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
315Teen Voice: What is love?
314Observations Only: Waiting time
313Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
308Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
307Teen Voice: The rivalry
304Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
303Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
300Observations Only: Reality check
297Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
296Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
295Observations Only: Hog wash
290Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
290Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
288Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
287Lyman Review: The love goat
286Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
284Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
284Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
284Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
282Observations Only: Saint Marge
282Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
275Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
273Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
273Totally Random: Happy Halloween
270Lyman Review: One mean chicken
270Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
267Anno Domini: On this remembering day
267Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
267Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
265Observations Only: Gone away
260Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
258
257Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
254Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
253Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
252No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
252Teen Voice: Self-expression
251Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
248Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
245From the Hill: More Work Ahead
245Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
245Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
242Observations Only: The visit
239 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
231Teen Voice: My rebellion
229Teen Voice: Cyber War
227Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
227Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
223Observations Only: A day in August
222Why you should visit the zoo in February
221Observations Only: The last goodbye
221Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
220Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
218Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
217Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
216Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
215Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
207Teen Voice: The gift of caring
206Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
205Observations Only: The last toothpick
204Observations Only: Final moment
204No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
204Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
203Observations Only: One more time
201Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
200Totally Random: Trusting the fates
198Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
196Observations Only: The vigil
194Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
189Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
188Teen Voice: To the future
185Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
184Our View: Community responsible for kids
182Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
178Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
174Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
171Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
170Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
166Across The Fence: Last Christmas
165SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
159Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
158Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
157Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
157Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
154Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
154Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
152Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
151At the Library: March into a good book
147Teen Voice: Where is the love?
147Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
145Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
143Lyman Review: Winter's dog
138Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
134No-Till Notes: Looking Back
132Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
127Nature Notes: Love is in the air
126Totally Random: Where does it go?
123In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
119Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
115Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
105Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
104Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
101Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
97Lyman Review: Dog fun
95Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
92At the Monument: That old (historic) building
89Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
89Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
86Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
85Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
83Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
83Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
82Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
78Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
78Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
78Religious freedom must be protected
67Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
66Teen Voice: Inspire me
63Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
63View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
63Across the Fence: Amanda
62Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
60At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
56Teen Voice: Footprints
20Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
20No-till Notes: Moving forward
18At the Monument: Art in National Parks
17Support emergency services personnel
15Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
13Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
12Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
11Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
10In the Hills: Explore the state parks
9Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
9Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
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