Observations Only: Return to graciousness
September 22, 2011 Nina Betz, Contributing Columnist   
A month ago I opened my mail and found my new social security card. I looked at it in amazement.

My mind screamed! No, I’m not sixty-five, how can this be? I’m only forty-five. That’s how old I feel and doesn’t that count the most?

Reality sank in as I showed it to my daughter and friends, and my mind drifted back over the cultural changes that have gradually taken place as generally happens when one has suffered a shock.

Upon reflection I believe the changes began partly with the rise of Gloria Steinem and the woman’s ‘lib’ movement. There are good things that came from the movement like the opportunity to have a career other than teaching, nursing or secretarial work if a woman wanted something else for herself.

No one wants to go back to the days when women were banned from the higher echelons of the business world, medical profession or education. Thanks to Gloria, a woman can work in any field of endeavor she wishes for equal pay and equal status; not a bad thing.

However, there was a price to pay when women went out to work. There was no one to mind the children, so daycare became a new industry. Some children were cared for by grandmothers or other family members but soon they wanted to go out to work as well.

Some mothers, like myself, looked at the situation and decided they didn’t want to work all day, then come home and work half the night caring for their families. We were scorned and looked down upon by other women. Gradually, men began expecting their wives to work and reluctantly agreed to help out with the housework and child rearing. Unfortunately though, in some households this agreement was soon forgotten. As parents became increasingly busy, the finer points of etiquette and manners became less important with each generation.

The rise of the ‘me’ generation of the seventies encouraged a further decline in manners. The right to say and do as one wishes became more important than the rights of the person next to them.
Gradually as months became years and years became decades, children matured and raised their own families with more and more relaxed principles of conduct. Behaviors once considered unacceptable became commonplace. Educators and psychologists began teaching the idea that pointing out shameful behavior and expecting it to be corrected was the same as shaming the person, which it is not.

The court system became lenient with lawbreakers and made excuses for them, forgetting the plight of the people who were harmed. Speaking to a stranger about inappropriate behavior became unthinkable as well as dangerous.

As I mulled over these thoughts, the fireworks debacle became an issue and outraged citizens began writing letters of complaint to the newspapers demanding that city governments do something about it. I thought wistfully about the days of graciousness when everyone used their manners, not just some, and how nice it was.
I began to wonder what would happen today if we all thought about our actions and how they might impact someone else, and acted upon those thoughts for the good of others, ahead of ourselves.

Think of the accidents that could be avoided if an impaired driver put aside his or her pride and allows themself to be driven home or lets the other driver have the right-of-way even if it isn’t theirs.
Our lives would be happier and less stressful because no one would need to clean up other people’s messes. No one would be cranky because an inconsiderate neighbor woke them up at night for any reason. Disgruntled people could use their time for the pursuit of happiness instead of writing letters of complaint. The Gering City Council could tend to important business of the city. Children would learn to respect themselves as well as others by the example set for them by their parents and no one would be subjected to language or behaviors that should be kept within the privacy of the home.

All of us would find it easier to wear a smile because the graciousness would become reciprocal over time as each new generation practiced kindness and consideration for others.
Graciousness is an old-fashioned word that very badly needs to be practiced in our schools, on street corners, in homes and places of business.

Martin Luther King had a dream. A peaceful, kind world in which to live is also a dream that many of us have.

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1913Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
1881The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
1848A Small World: Time traveling
1841Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
1809Completely Different: Tales from the mat
1809Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
1792Time keeps flowing like a river
1778Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
1763A last look at the Nebraska Zone
1758Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
1756Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
1755Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
1744Letter to the Editor
1724Observations Only : The orphanage
1720My mini Pen and me
1704Observations Only : Mission accomplished
1699Teen Voice: March Madness
1687Our view . . .Sports Complex
1678Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
1668Completely Different: Your local government and you
1666From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
1660Observations only : Sisters of the world
1657Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
1657Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
1648Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
1645Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
1645Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
1644Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
1639Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
1633Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
1628Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
1620Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
1617Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1591It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
1583Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
1579Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
1572Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
1567Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
1558Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
1557From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
1517Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
1468Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1451Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1437Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
1434Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1411Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
1342Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1331Completely Different: The Quest
1321Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1276Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1247Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1245Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1225Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1218The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1213Across the Fence: Building Barns
1212Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1206Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1204Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1192From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1191Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1187Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1176Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1174Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1171Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1165From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1164Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1160Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1158No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1152Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1138Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1136Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1126From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1122Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1116Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1115Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1113From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1105Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1103The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1102Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1097From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1097Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1092Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1089A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1084Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1084Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1077Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
1075Across the Fence: On The road
1072Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1068A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1067Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1061From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1060Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
1058From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
1058Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1050The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
1049Assad’s endgame
1047Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
1044Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
1044Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
1042Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
1037A Small World: Savoring county fair days
1029Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
1028Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
1024Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
1022Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
1017Observations Only - Two ages of man
1015Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
1015A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
1011Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
1010From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
1005Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
1003The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
999Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
995From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
991Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
987Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
977Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
974A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
970Observations Only: Painting a picture
967Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
967Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
965Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
961Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
959Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
957Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
949From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
947Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
946Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
943A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
940Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
940Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
940Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
939Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
939Teen Voice: Today’s television
937Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
936Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
934Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
931Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
928Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
926Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
922Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
917Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
917Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
914Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
909Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
908Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
908From the Superintendent’s Desk
908From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
905Observations Only: A new direction
905From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
905 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
905Across The Fence: A day For thanks
903From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
903Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
902From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
895The zombie apocalypse and you
892From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
890Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
888Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
888Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
886Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
877Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
877Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
876Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
875Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
870Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
870From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
868Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
866Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
862A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
861Observations Only: Giving up
860Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
859Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
859Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
856Trash cans
856Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
853Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
852From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
849Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
848From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
845The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
843From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
842A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
842A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
842Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
839The hills, part 1: Mustangs
838Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
838Teen Voice: The road of hatred
837A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
836From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
836Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
835The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
833Observations Only: The joy of money
833Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
832Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
830Teen Voice: The more the merrier
825Teen Voice: Catfished
824The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
824Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
822Observations Only: Saturday delight
820Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
819Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
817Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
816Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
816A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
816The Block
815Across the Fence: The hand dug well
815Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
815At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
814Observations Only: Curious things
813Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
810Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
808Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
803Life's curve balls
803A Stray Moment: God Knows
802Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
796Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
794 Taking a big risk
794From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
794Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
793A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
793Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
793Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
790A Stray Moment: Without a net
787A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
786Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
786A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
784A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
784The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
784The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
783Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
780Teen Voice: Not just another ride
779A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
779Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
777Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
776The ghost of Ayn Rand
774Observations Only: Counting chickens
774Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
772From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
772Observations Only: Scourge of violence
771Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
771Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
771Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
771Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
770Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
769Timing makes perfect
767Observations Only: Extreme measures
767A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
766Seeing the works of the master
766Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
765The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
762Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
761Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
759View from the block
759Observations Only: Going home
755Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
755Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
754Observations Only: Just around the corner
754Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
753Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
752The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
751Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
751Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
750SELL-OUT!
748A Stray Moment: The last time
745Observations Only: Uneventful flight
744A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
743Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
743Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
742It's no surprise
742Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
741The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
740A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
739Teen Voice: Body image
736Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
736Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
736A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
735Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
735Welcome to Gering
734Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
732Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
731Observations Only: Surprises
731Rural America and immigration reform
731The Good Life: The two different types of business people
730Silence please
729Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
726Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
726Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
725Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
724Age of reason
724Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
722Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
722Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
721Observations Only: What's in a word?
721A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
721Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
720Observations Only: No thank you
720Teen Voice: Living within our means
720Observations Only: A gift of serenity
719Observations Only: Journey's end
719The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
719Observations Only: The awful truth
718Do You Tube?
716Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
714Observations Only: Critical thinking
714From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
712Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
712Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
711Teen Voice: Serendipity
711Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
711Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
710Teen Voice: Shadow art
709Economic development update
707Totally Random: My journey, life after living
706Observations Only: Together again
706A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
705LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
705Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
704Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
703From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
703Observations Only: North Powder
703A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
702Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
702Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
702Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
702Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
700Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
699Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
698Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
698Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
697Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
696From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
696Observations Only: Sister odyssey
695Observations Only: Blue chip stock
695A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
693The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
691Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
690Observations Only: Spider adventure
690Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
690Observations Only: Curious things, part II
687Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
686Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
683Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
682Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
681Observations Only: Sister lost
680Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
679Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
677Guest Voices…
675Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
673Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
668Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
667Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
664I'm falling for Tumblr?
662From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
662Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
661A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
661Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
660From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
657Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
657A real leaning tree Christmas
656Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
655Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
655The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
654Permission to remember
653Teen Voice: Being a girl
652Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
651Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
650Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
650Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
648The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
648The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
645My Thanksgiving prayer
645Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
645Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
643Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
643Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
641Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
641Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
639Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
638Social time has important benefits
638Observations Only : White water
637Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
636Observations Only: The meeting
635A Small World: Special guest
634Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
632Home of the Brave
632Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
632Our View: The elephant in the room
632Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
630The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
629Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
628Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
627A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
624Practice safe barbecue basics
624Observations Only: Good and evil
624The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
623LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
623Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
623Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
622Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
621The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
620Teen Voice: Happy news
618Remembering When
617Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
617Observations Only: Expect the best
616Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
615Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
614Observations Only: A fine line
612Teeing Off: Around the Green
611Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
611The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
611The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
609Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
608Our View: Bravo OTD committee
608Observations Only: A matter of matter
608Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
607Observations Only: The shadow of error
605The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
604Observations Only: Beginnings
599Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
598Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
595Observations Only: Indifferent love
594Observations Only: Divine spirit
591Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
589Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
587Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
586Observations Only: A matter of paradox
586Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
585Teen Voice: Equality
585Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
583Observations Only: Choices
583Anno Domini: We gather together
579A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
578Completely Different - The magic of spring
574Observations Only: Divine prompts
569Teen Voice: Silence
568Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
567Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
566Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
561Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
559Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
559Totally Random: Life’s ripples
558A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
557Observations Only: Off to the races
556Observations Only: Temptation
553Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
552Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
552Observations Only: A sad week
549Observations Only: The vision
547Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
546Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
546Lyman Review: Devil calf
545Observations Only: Willfulness
545Teen Voice: The need to get away
541Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
539Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
538Our View: Visionaries wanted
534Totally Random: October, the pink month
532Observations Only: The need to understand
532Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
532Building Bridges: Love your enemies
531Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
530Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
526Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
524Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
523A Halloween Story: The scary dream
520Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
519Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
517Teeing Off: Persistence
512Teen Voice: Stress test
510Teeing Off: Mind Gym
510Observations Only: A good daughter
509The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
506Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
506Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
504Across the Fence: The Pony Express
504Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
504Teen Voice: Footprints
501Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
501Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
498Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
491Teen Voice: The rivalry
491Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
489Teen Voice: Remember what you have
489Observations Only: Waiting time
488Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
487Observations Only: Saint Marge
484Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
482Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
480Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
475Teeing Off: The thing about state
473Teen Voice: The Other Side
472Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
472Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
468Lyman Review: The love goat
465Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
465Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
457Observations Only: Reality check
457Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
457Anno Domini: On this remembering day
457Teen Voice: What is love?
454Observations Only: Gone away
453Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
453Totally Random: Happy Halloween
452Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
451Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
448Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
448Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
446Teen Voice: My rebellion
445Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
445Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
443Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
441Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
439Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
438No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
435Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
434Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
428Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
428Teen Voice: Self-expression
427Observations Only: Hog wash
423Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
423 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
422Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
421Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
419Why you should visit the zoo in February
413Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
411Lyman Review: One mean chicken
411Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
407Observations Only: The visit
405Teen Voice: Cyber War
404
402From the Hill: More Work Ahead
402At the Library: March into a good book
392Observations Only: A day in August
392SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
391Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
387Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
386Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
385Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
384What’s really going on with our water?
381Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
377For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
376Observations Only: The last goodbye
375No-Till Notes: Looking Back
372Observations Only: Final moment
371Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
368Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
365Observations Only: One more time
365Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
361Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
360Teen Voice: To the future
360Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
358Teen Voice: The gift of caring
358No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
358Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
358Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
356Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
356In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
352Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
352Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
351Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
350Across The Fence: Last Christmas
350Lyman Review: Branding Time
349View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
347Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
346Teen Voice: Where is the love?
345Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
344Our View: Community responsible for kids
344Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
343Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
343Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
342Observations Only: The last toothpick
342Totally Random: Where does it go?
342At the Monument: Junior Rangers
339Their View: Goal post move unfair
338Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
337Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
335Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
334Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
332Nature Notes: Love is in the air
331Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
329Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
329Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
327Totally Random: Trusting the fates
321In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
320Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
320Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
319Observations Only: The vigil
319Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
319In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
318Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
318Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
315Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
313Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
311Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
310Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
309Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
308Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
302Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
300Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
297Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
297Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
296Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
296Support emergency services personnel
293Linked Lives
292Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
292Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
290History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
289In the Hills: Explore the state parks
288Religious freedom must be protected
287At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
287Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
286Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
282Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
282At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
281Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
280Lyman Review: Winter's dog
280At the Monument: That old (historic) building
274Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
273College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
272Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
272Website Resources
271Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
270Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
270From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
269Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
268Across the Fence: Amanda
267Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
264No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
263Lyman Review: Dog fun
262Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
262Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
261Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
261Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
259Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
258Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
257Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
257At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
257Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
255Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
253Teen Voice: Inspire me
251New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
250No-till Notes: Moving forward
250At the Monument: Where are the animals?
248Greetings from the State Capitol
248Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
242No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
242Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
240Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
234Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
232Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
232No-til Notes: Changing plans
228No-Till Notes: Back in the field
227Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
227Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
224No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
218Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
218Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
213At the Monument: Art in National Parks
211View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
209Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
205No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
200Synchronicity:What brings me back
199Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
199Be kind through communications
198Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
194No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
194Letter to the editor
192Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
188Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
176Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
172Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
169Letters to the Editor
164Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
160In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
158Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
148A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
143Fourth of July meetings
139Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
128Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
119Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
109A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
98Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
98No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
96Prairie Dogs
94Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
93Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
84Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
80Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
79 Across The Fence: County Fair
72Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
68No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
58In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
54A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
50Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
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23At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
19Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
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