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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250Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
250Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
248At the Monument: Where are the animals?
248Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
246No-till Notes: Moving forward
245Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
245Greetings from the State Capitol
243New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
240Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
239Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
234No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
226Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
224Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
223No-Till Notes: Back in the field
222Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
220Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
220No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
220No-til Notes: Changing plans
219Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
213Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
211At the Monument: Art in National Parks
208Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
208View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
191Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
191Be kind through communications
189Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
189Synchronicity:What brings me back
184Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
182Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
178Letter to the editor
172Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
171No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
170Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
161Letters to the Editor
151Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
134In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
131Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
125Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
120Fourth of July meetings
120A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
92Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
86Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
85Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
81Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
75Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
73A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
69Prairie Dogs
66No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
65Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
63Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
44No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
34Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
Most Read News Stories of 2012
15736Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
4651We need a few good people
3110What's the deal with organic milk?
2788Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
2373Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
2232Being a Nebraskan – border to border
2196The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
2159Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
2145Completely Different: It's all in the family
2048Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
2028Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
1996Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
1970Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
1921Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
1912Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
1908Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
1901Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
1877The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
1848A Small World: Time traveling
1834Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
1802Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
1801Completely Different: Tales from the mat
1786Time keeps flowing like a river
1766Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
1758A last look at the Nebraska Zone
1752Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
1751Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
1749Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
1741Letter to the Editor
1715Observations Only : The orphanage
1715My mini Pen and me
1699Observations Only : Mission accomplished
1695Teen Voice: March Madness
1682Our view . . .Sports Complex
1673Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
1662Completely Different: Your local government and you
1657Observations only : Sisters of the world
1657From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
1653Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
1652Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
1642Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
1641Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
1641Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
1641Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
1636Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
1624Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
1623Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
1614Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
1589It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
1583Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1581Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
1572Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
1566Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
1556Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
1546Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
1546From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
1509Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
1461Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1446Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1426Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
1421Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1385Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
1330Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1323Completely Different: The Quest
1321Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1250Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1241Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1236Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1219Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1213The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1205Across the Fence: Building Barns
1202Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1192Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1184From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1182Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1182Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1172Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1172Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1169Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1166Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1164From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1156Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1150No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1149Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1140Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1128Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1122Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1119From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1105From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1104Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1103Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1098The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1096Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1095Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1094Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1090From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1085A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1083Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1078Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1077Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1071Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1067Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
1064A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1060Across the Fence: On The road
1060Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1058Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1054From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1054Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1050From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
1049Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
1040Assad’s endgame
1039The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
1039Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
1035Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
1035Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
1031Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
1017Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
1017Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
1014Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
1013Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
1010Observations Only - Two ages of man
1010A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
1008A Small World: Savoring county fair days
1007Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
1000Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
998The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
997Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
995From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
992Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
986From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
983Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
971Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
971A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
968Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
966Observations Only: Painting a picture
955Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
954Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
953Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
951Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
951Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
944Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
943From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
940Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
939Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
933Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
932Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
931Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
930Teen Voice: Today’s television
929Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
928Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
928A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
926Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
922Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
921Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
920Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
917Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
916Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
910Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
908Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
907Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
904Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
903Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
902Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
902Observations Only: A new direction
901From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
900From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
899From the Superintendent’s Desk
898From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
895From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
894Across The Fence: A day For thanks
892 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
888The zombie apocalypse and you
888From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
886Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
885Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
878Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
878Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
872Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
870Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
870Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
868Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
865From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
865Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
864Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
858Observations Only: Giving up
858Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
856A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
853Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
851Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
850Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
849Trash cans
847Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
845Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
841From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
839Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
838A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
838From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
838From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
837A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
834Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
833The hills, part 1: Mustangs
833Teen Voice: The road of hatred
833A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
833Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
833The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
832From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
832Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
828Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
828Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
827Observations Only: The joy of money
827The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
826Teen Voice: The more the merrier
820The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
817Teen Voice: Catfished
815Observations Only: Saturday delight
815Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
815Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
813Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
813At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
811Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
810A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
809The Block
807Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
807Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
805Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
803Observations Only: Curious things
801A Stray Moment: God Knows
799Across the Fence: The hand dug well
798Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
798Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
797Life's curve balls
795Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
792Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
791Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
789Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
789From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
788 Taking a big risk
788A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
786A Stray Moment: Without a net
785A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
784A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
783Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
778Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
778A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
778The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
777The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
776The ghost of Ayn Rand
775Teen Voice: Not just another ride
774A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
774Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
774Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
769From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
769Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
768Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
767Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
767Observations Only: Counting chickens
765A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
765Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
764Observations Only: Extreme measures
764Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
764Observations Only: Scourge of violence
763Timing makes perfect
762Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
762The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
761Seeing the works of the master
760Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
759Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
757View from the block
757Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
754Observations Only: Going home
753Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
751The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
751Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
750Observations Only: Just around the corner
746Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
745Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
744SELL-OUT!
744Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
744Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
743A Stray Moment: The last time
743Observations Only: Uneventful flight
741A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
738Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
738Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
736It's no surprise
736Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
736The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
735Teen Voice: Body image
734A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
732Welcome to Gering
731Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
731Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
730Rural America and immigration reform
730Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
730A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
729Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
727The Good Life: The two different types of business people
726Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
725Silence please
725Observations Only: Surprises
723Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
722Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
720Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
720Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
719Observations Only: No thank you
718Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
717Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
717Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
717Observations Only: A gift of serenity
716Observations Only: What's in a word?
716A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
716Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
716Observations Only: The awful truth
715Age of reason
715Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
715Observations Only: Journey's end
715Teen Voice: Living within our means
713Do You Tube?
713Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
712From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
711Observations Only: Critical thinking
711The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
708Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
707Economic development update
707Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
705LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
705Teen Voice: Serendipity
703Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
703Teen Voice: Shadow art
701Observations Only: Together again
701Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
701Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
700From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
699A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
698Observations Only: North Powder
698Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
698Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
697Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
696Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
696Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
695Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
694Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
694A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
693Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
693Observations Only: Sister odyssey
692A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
692Totally Random: My journey, life after living
689From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
688Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
686Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
686Observations Only: Blue chip stock
686The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
686Observations Only: Curious things, part II
684Observations Only: Spider adventure
682Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
681Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
681Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
679Observations Only: Sister lost
676Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
676Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
674Guest Voices…
672Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
669Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
667Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
666Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
662Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
662Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
661I'm falling for Tumblr?
658From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
658Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
656A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
656Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
655Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
655Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
654From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
653Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
652Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
652The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
651Permission to remember
650Teen Voice: Being a girl
649Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
649A real leaning tree Christmas
645Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
644The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
642Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
641My Thanksgiving prayer
641Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
641The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
640Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
640Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
639Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
638Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
638Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
636Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
634A Small World: Special guest
632Observations Only : White water
632Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
631Social time has important benefits
631Observations Only: The meeting
631Our View: The elephant in the room
631Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
629The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
628Home of the Brave
627Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
627Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
625Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
624Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
622LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
622Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
621Practice safe barbecue basics
621Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
620A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
619Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
619The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
619Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
619The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
617Observations Only: Good and evil
616Teen Voice: Happy news
613Remembering When
613Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
611Observations Only: Expect the best
611Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
610The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
609Observations Only: A fine line
607Teeing Off: Around the Green
606The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
605Our View: Bravo OTD committee
605Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
604Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
604Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
603Observations Only: The shadow of error
603Observations Only: A matter of matter
600Observations Only: Beginnings
599The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
598Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
596Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
592Observations Only: Indifferent love
592Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
586Observations Only: Divine spirit
585Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
582Observations Only: A matter of paradox
582Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
582Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
582Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
581Teen Voice: Equality
577Observations Only: Choices
577Anno Domini: We gather together
576Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
573Completely Different - The magic of spring
573A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
572Observations Only: Divine prompts
567Teen Voice: Silence
565Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
562Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
562Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
558Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
557Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
554Totally Random: Life’s ripples
553Observations Only: Temptation
552A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
550Observations Only: Off to the races
548Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
545Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
545Observations Only: The vision
545Observations Only: A sad week
543Observations Only: Willfulness
541Teen Voice: The need to get away
541Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
537Our View: Visionaries wanted
535Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
534Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
533Lyman Review: Devil calf
532Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
532Totally Random: October, the pink month
530Observations Only: The need to understand
528Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
526Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
524Building Bridges: Love your enemies
522Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
521Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
521A Halloween Story: The scary dream
521Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
515Teeing Off: Persistence
513Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
513Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
508Teen Voice: Stress test
506Teeing Off: Mind Gym
505Observations Only: A good daughter
504Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
502Across the Fence: The Pony Express
499Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
499Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
498Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
498Teen Voice: Footprints
493Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
490Teen Voice: The rivalry
490Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
486Observations Only: Waiting time
483Teen Voice: Remember what you have
482Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
481The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
480Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
480Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
479Observations Only: Saint Marge
476Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
474Teeing Off: The thing about state
474Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
470Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
468Teen Voice: The Other Side
467Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
463Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
461Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
461Lyman Review: The love goat
453Observations Only: Reality check
452Anno Domini: On this remembering day
451Teen Voice: What is love?
450Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
449Totally Random: Happy Halloween
448Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
447Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
445Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
444Observations Only: Gone away
442Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
442Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
441Teen Voice: My rebellion
441Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
440Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
439Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
433Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
432No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
432Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
430Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
425Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
424Teen Voice: Self-expression
421Observations Only: Hog wash
421Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
418Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
416Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
415Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
413Why you should visit the zoo in February
409 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
407Lyman Review: One mean chicken
403Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
403Teen Voice: Cyber War
402
402Observations Only: The visit
400Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
398From the Hill: More Work Ahead
391At the Library: March into a good book
389Observations Only: A day in August
389SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
383Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
380Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
380Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
378Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
377Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
374What’s really going on with our water?
370Observations Only: The last goodbye
368No-Till Notes: Looking Back
367Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
365Observations Only: Final moment
365Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
361Observations Only: One more time
361Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
358Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
356Teen Voice: The gift of caring
356Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
355Teen Voice: To the future
354No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
351Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
351Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
351Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
349Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
349For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
346Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
344Across The Fence: Last Christmas
344Lyman Review: Branding Time
343Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
342Our View: Community responsible for kids
342Teen Voice: Where is the love?
341Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
341In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
340Observations Only: The last toothpick
340Totally Random: Where does it go?
340View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
337Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
336At the Monument: Junior Rangers
334Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
334Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
333Their View: Goal post move unfair
332Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
331Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
330Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
329Nature Notes: Love is in the air
329Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
327Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
324Totally Random: Trusting the fates
322Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
321Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
318Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
316Observations Only: The vigil
315In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
314Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
313Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
313Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
312Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
311Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
309Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
309Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
307Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
301Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
297Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
295Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
295Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
294Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
294Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
294In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
291Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
287Linked Lives
286Religious freedom must be protected
286Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
283Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
278Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
278At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
277In the Hills: Explore the state parks
277History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
276Lyman Review: Winter's dog
275Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
273At the Monument: That old (historic) building
273At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
272Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
270Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
269College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
267Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
267Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
266Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
266From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
264Support emergency services personnel
263Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
263Website Resources
260Across the Fence: Amanda
259Lyman Review: Dog fun
259Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
255Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
255Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
254Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
254No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
253Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
253At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
252Teen Voice: Inspire me
252Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
251Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
250Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
250Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
248At the Monument: Where are the animals?
248Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
246No-till Notes: Moving forward
245Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
245Greetings from the State Capitol
243New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
240Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
239Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
234No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
226Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
224Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
223No-Till Notes: Back in the field
222Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
220Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
220No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
220No-til Notes: Changing plans
219Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
213Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
211At the Monument: Art in National Parks
208Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
208View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
191Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
191Be kind through communications
189Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
189Synchronicity:What brings me back
184Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
182Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
178Letter to the editor
172Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
171No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
170Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
161Letters to the Editor
151Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
134In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
131Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
125Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
120Fourth of July meetings
120A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
92Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
86Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
85Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
81Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
75Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
73A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
69Prairie Dogs
66No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
65Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
63Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
44No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
34Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
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