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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1848A Small World: Time traveling
1843Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
1812Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
1811Completely Different: Tales from the mat
1794Time keeps flowing like a river
1788Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
1768A last look at the Nebraska Zone
1759Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
1759Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
1756Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
1748Letter to the Editor
1727Observations Only : The orphanage
1721My mini Pen and me
1705Observations Only : Mission accomplished
1701Teen Voice: March Madness
1689Our view . . .Sports Complex
1681From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
1678Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
1670Completely Different: Your local government and you
1662Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
1662Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
1661Observations only : Sisters of the world
1648Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
1647Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
1646Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
1646Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
1640Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
1638Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
1636Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
1629Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
1621Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
1592It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
1584Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
1580Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
1574Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
1572Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
1569Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
1567From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
1525Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
1471Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
1455Across the fence: Something worth remembering
1438Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
1436Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
1421Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
1352Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
1335Completely Different: The Quest
1323Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
1282Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
1251Totally Random: The Golden Rule
1248Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
1230Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
1226Observations Only: A soul’s journey
1221The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
1214Across the Fence: Building Barns
1212Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
1205Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
1194From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
1193Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
1191Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
1178Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
1177Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
1177Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
1176Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
1166From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
1161Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
1160No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
1158Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
1146Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
1139Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
1131From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
1128Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
1124Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
1117From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
1117Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
1107Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
1105Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
1104Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
1104The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
1099From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
1096A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
1096Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
1087Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
1085Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
1081Across the Fence: On The road
1078Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
1077Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
1073Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
1070A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
1065Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
1065From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
1065Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
1059From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
1058Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
1053Assad’s endgame
1052The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
1051A Small World: Savoring county fair days
1048Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
1048Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
1046Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
1032Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
1031Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
1030Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
1026Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
1021Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
1018A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
1017Observations Only - Two ages of man
1015From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
1012Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
1009Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
1005The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
1002Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
998From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
992Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
991Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
980Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
979A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
972Observations Only: Painting a picture
970Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
969Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
966Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
965Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
964Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
961From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
959Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
950Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
949A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
948Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
947Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
944Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
943Teen Voice: Today’s television
942Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
942Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
940Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
939Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
939Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
936Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
933Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
930Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
924Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
921Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
920Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
915Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
913 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
911Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
911From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
910Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
910From the Superintendent’s Desk
909From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
908Across The Fence: A day For thanks
907Observations Only: A new direction
907Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
905From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
905From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
898The zombie apocalypse and you
897Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
894Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
893From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
890Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
888Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
885Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
881Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
879Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
876Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
875A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
872From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
871Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
869Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
869Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
865Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
863Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
862Observations Only: Giving up
860Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
859Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
858Trash cans
855Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
855From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
854Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
853From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
849Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
849The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
846A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
846From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
846A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
844A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
843The hills, part 1: Mustangs
842Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
840Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
838Teen Voice: The road of hatred
837Observations Only: The joy of money
837From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
835The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
833Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
832Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
830Teen Voice: The more the merrier
829Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
828The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
826Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
825Observations Only: Saturday delight
825Teen Voice: Catfished
824Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
822The Block
821Across the Fence: The hand dug well
819A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
819Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
818Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
818Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
816Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
816Observations Only: Curious things
816At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
813Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
809Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
805Life's curve balls
805A Stray Moment: God Knows
805Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
801Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
799A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
798Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
796Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
795 Taking a big risk
795Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
795From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
792Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
790A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
790A Stray Moment: Without a net
789A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
789A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
787Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
786Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
785The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
784The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
781Teen Voice: Not just another ride
781A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
781Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
780Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
779The ghost of Ayn Rand
779Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
777Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
776Observations Only: Counting chickens
775Observations Only: Scourge of violence
774Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
773From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
771Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
771Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
771Observations Only: Extreme measures
771A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
771The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
770Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
769Timing makes perfect
767Seeing the works of the master
767Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
765Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
764Observations Only: Going home
761View from the block
761Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
759Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
757Observations Only: Just around the corner
756Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
755Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
755Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
754A Stray Moment: The last time
754Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
753The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
750SELL-OUT!
748Observations Only: Uneventful flight
747A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
747A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
745Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
744It's no surprise
744Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
744Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
743Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
743The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
741Teen Voice: Body image
740A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
739Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
737Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
736Welcome to Gering
736Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
734Observations Only: Surprises
734The Good Life: The two different types of business people
733Silence please
732Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
732Rural America and immigration reform
731Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
731Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
730Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
728Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
728Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
728Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
726Age of reason
724A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
724Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
723Teen Voice: Living within our means
722Observations Only: What's in a word?
722Observations Only: No thank you
722Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
722Observations Only: A gift of serenity
722Observations Only: The awful truth
720Do You Tube?
719Observations Only: Journey's end
719The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
716Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
715Observations Only: Critical thinking
715From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
715Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
715Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
714Teen Voice: Serendipity
714Teen Voice: Shadow art
713Economic development update
713Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
713Totally Random: My journey, life after living
712Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
709LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
709Observations Only: Together again
709A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
707A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
707Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
706Observations Only: North Powder
706Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
705Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
704Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
703From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
702Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
702Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
702Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
701Observations Only: Sister odyssey
701Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
700Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
700Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
699Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
699Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
698Observations Only: Blue chip stock
698A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
696From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
695The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
694Observations Only: Spider adventure
693Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
691Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
691Observations Only: Curious things, part II
686Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
685Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
684Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
683Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
683Observations Only: Sister lost
681Guest Voices…
680Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
678Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
676Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
670Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
669Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
666From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
666I'm falling for Tumblr?
666Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
665Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
662From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
661A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
659Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
658Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
658Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
658The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
658A real leaning tree Christmas
657Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
655Permission to remember
653Teen Voice: Being a girl
653Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
652Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
652Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
650The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
650The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
647My Thanksgiving prayer
647Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
647Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
645Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
644Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
644Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
643Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
641Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
641Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
639Social time has important benefits
639Observations Only : White water
638Observations Only: The meeting
636Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
635Our View: The elephant in the room
635A Small World: Special guest
634Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
633The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
632Home of the Brave
632Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
631Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
630Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
630A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
629Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
627Practice safe barbecue basics
627Observations Only: Good and evil
626The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
625LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
625Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
622Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
622The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
620Remembering When
620Teen Voice: Happy news
620Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
618Observations Only: Expect the best
618Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
617Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
615Observations Only: A fine line
614Teeing 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
610Observations Only: A matter of matter
609Our View: Bravo OTD committee
609Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
608Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
607Observations Only: The shadow of error
606The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
604Observations Only: Beginnings
604Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
603Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
597Observations Only: Divine spirit
595Observations Only: Indifferent love
595Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
594Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
591Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
590Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
587Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
586Completely Different - The magic of spring
586Observations Only: A matter of paradox
585Teen Voice: Equality
584Observations Only: Choices
583Anno Domini: We gather together
580A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
575Observations Only: Divine prompts
572Teen Voice: Silence
571Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
569Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
568Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
565Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
562Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
561Totally Random: Life’s ripples
560Observations Only: Temptation
559A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
557Observations Only: Off to the races
554Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
554Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
552Observations Only: A sad week
550Observations Only: The vision
549Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
548Observations Only: Willfulness
548Lyman Review: Devil calf
548Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
546Teen Voice: The need to get away
544Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
540Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
538Our View: Visionaries wanted
538Totally Random: October, the pink month
535Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
534Building Bridges: Love your enemies
533Observations Only: The need to understand
532Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
531Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
529Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
525A Halloween Story: The scary dream
524Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
524Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
519Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
517Teeing Off: Persistence
516The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
514Observations Only: A good daughter
513Teen Voice: Stress test
511Teeing Off: Mind Gym
510Teen Voice: Footprints
509Across the Fence: The Pony Express
508Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
507Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
507Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
504Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
503Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
498Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
497Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
492Teen Voice: The rivalry
491Teen Voice: Remember what you have
491Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
490Observations Only: Waiting time
489Observations Only: Saint Marge
485Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
482Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
480Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
477Teeing Off: The thing about state
475Teen Voice: The Other Side
475Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
474Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
473Lyman Review: The love goat
467Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
467Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
460Teen Voice: What is love?
459Anno Domini: On this remembering day
458Observations Only: Reality check
458Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
457Totally Random: Happy Halloween
456Observations Only: Gone away
454Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
454Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
453Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
452Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
449Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
449Teen Voice: My rebellion
446Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
445Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
444Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
443Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
440Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
438No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
436Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
435Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
433Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
428Teen Voice: Self-expression
427Observations Only: Hog wash
426 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
426Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
423Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
421Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
421Why you should visit the zoo in February
419Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
416Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
413Lyman Review: One mean chicken
411Teen Voice: Cyber War
410Observations Only: The visit
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406At the Library: March into a good book
402From the Hill: More Work Ahead
393Observations Only: A day in August
393SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
392Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
389Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
387Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
387Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
385What’s really going on with our water?
383Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
382For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
376Observations Only: The last goodbye
375No-Till Notes: Looking Back
373Observations Only: Final moment
373Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
370Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
367Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
366Observations Only: One more time
364Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
362Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
362Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
361No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
361Teen Voice: To the future
360Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
360Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
359Teen Voice: The gift of caring
359Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
356In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
354Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
353Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
353Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
353Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
351View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
351Lyman Review: Branding Time
351Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
350Across The Fence: Last Christmas
347Teen Voice: Where is the love?
347Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
345Our View: Community responsible for kids
344Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
344Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
344At the Monument: Junior Rangers
342Observations Only: The last toothpick
342Totally Random: Where does it go?
341Their View: Goal post move unfair
340Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
339Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
337Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
333Nature Notes: Love is in the air
333Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
330Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
329Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
327Totally Random: Trusting the fates
325In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
323Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
322In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
321Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
321Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
319Observations Only: The vigil
319Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
318Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
315Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
314Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
313Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
312Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
311Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
311Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
307Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
303Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
302Linked Lives
301Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
301Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
300History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
299Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
297Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
296Support emergency services personnel
294Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
294Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
293Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
293At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
290In the Hills: Explore the state parks
289Religious freedom must be protected
287Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
286Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
286Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
284At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
280Lyman Review: Winter's dog
280At the Monument: That old (historic) building
278Website Resources
274Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
274Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
274From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
274College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
273Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
273Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
272Across the Fence: Amanda
271Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
269Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
269Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
267Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
266Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
266No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
265Lyman Review: Dog fun
263Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
262Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
261At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
260Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
259Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
259Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
257Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
255Teen Voice: Inspire me
255New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
252At the Monument: Where are the animals?
250No-till Notes: Moving forward
249Greetings from the State Capitol
249Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
246No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
243Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
243Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
238Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
237Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
233No-til Notes: Changing plans
231No-Till Notes: Back in the field
231Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
228Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
226No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
225Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
220Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
218No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
217At the Monument: Art in National Parks
211View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
209Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
205Synchronicity:What brings me back
204Be kind through communications
201Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
198Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
195No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
195Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
195Letter to the editor
191Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
179Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
170Letters to the Editor
168Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
165In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
161Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
152A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
146Fourth of July meetings
144Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
132Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
123Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
120A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
110A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
108Prairie Dogs
103Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
100Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
98No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
98Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
89Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
87 Across The Fence: County Fair
84Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
81Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
78No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
66In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
57Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
45At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
42Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
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