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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20View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
20Greetings from the State Capitol
20Lyman Review: Branding Time
20From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
20Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
19I'm falling for Tumblr?
19Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
19From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
19Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
19Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
19The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
19Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
19Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
19SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
19At the Library: March into a good book
19Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
19Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
18Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
18Rural America and immigration reform
18Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
18Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
18Lyman Review: Winter's dog
18Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
18No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
4Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
Most Read News Stories of 2012
322All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
312Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
170Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
152Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
143Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
131Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
131A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
131Support letters requested for airport
122Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
120At the Monument: Museum collections
118At the Monument: Where are the animals?
108A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
108No Till Notes:
106Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
104No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
102A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
101In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
100At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
99Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
98Letters to the Editor
94Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
85No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
81Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
76Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
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70Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
65At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
65Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
57Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
54What's the deal with organic milk?
54Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
52Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
49Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
49Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
44Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
43Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
42Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
42Observations Only: A soul’s journey
42Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
42Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
41Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
41Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
41Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
40Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
40Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
40Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
40Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
39Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
39Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
38Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
38Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
38Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
38Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
38Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
38The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
38Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
38No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
37Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
37Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
37Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
36Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
36Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
36Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
36Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
35A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
35From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
35Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
35A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
35Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
35Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
35Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
35Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
35Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
34Completely Different: It's all in the family
34Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
34Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
34At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
33Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
33Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
33Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
33Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
33From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
33Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
33Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
33Totally Random: The Golden Rule
33Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
33The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
33Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
33The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
33Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
33Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
33Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
33Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
33Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
33Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
32Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
32Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
32Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
32Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
32Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
32From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
32Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
32Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
32A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
32Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
32Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
32Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
32Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
32Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
31Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
31Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
31Across the Fence: On The road
31Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
31Across the Fence: Building Barns
31From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
31From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
31Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
31Observations Only : White water
31Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
31Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
31Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
31Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
31Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
31Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
31Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
31Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
31Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
31Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
31A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
31Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
31Reach out for challenges
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30The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
30Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
30Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
30From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
30Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
30Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
30A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
30Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
30Anno Domini: We gather together
30Totally Random: My journey, life after living
30Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
30Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
30Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
30Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
30Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
30No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
30Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
30 Across The Fence: County Fair
30Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
30In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
29Across the fence: Something worth remembering
29Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
29Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
29Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
29From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
29Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
29Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
29From the Superintendent’s Desk
29Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
29Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
29Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
29Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
29Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
29A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
29From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
29Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
29Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
29Observations Only: Temptation
29A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
29Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
29 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
29Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
29Observations Only: Reality check
29Teen Voice: Silence
29The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
29Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
29At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
29Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
29Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
29Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
29Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
29In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
29Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
29Creatures of the Night
28Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
28Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
28From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
28A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
28Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
28Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
28Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
28Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
28Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
28Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
28Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
28Across the Fence: The hand dug well
28Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
28Observations Only: Divine spirit
28A Stray Moment: Without a net
28Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
28The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
28Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
28A Small World: Savoring county fair days
28Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
28Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
28Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
28Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
28Across The Fence: Last Christmas
28Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
28Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
28Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
28Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
28Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
28Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
28Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
28In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
28Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
28No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
28Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
28A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
27A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
27Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
27A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
27From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
27Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
27Teen Voice: Today’s television
27Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
27Observations Only: Curious things
27Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
27From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
27Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
27Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
27Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
27Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
27Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
27Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
27Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
27Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
27Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
27Observations Only: Saint Marge
27Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
27Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
27Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
27Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
27Across The Fence: A day For thanks
27Observations Only: Gone away
27Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
27Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
27Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
27Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
27Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
27Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
27In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
27Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
27Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
27Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
27A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
27Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
27No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
27Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
26Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
26Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
26Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
26Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
26Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
26Observations Only: Just around the corner
26Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
26Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
26Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
26From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
26Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
26A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
26From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
26From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
26From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
26Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
26Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
26Observations Only: Critical thinking
26Observations Only: Curious things, part II
26Observations Only: Journey's end
26Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
26Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
26Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
26Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
26Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
26Observations Only: A gift of serenity
26Teen Voice: Shadow art
26Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
26Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
26Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
26Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
26Observations Only: Indifferent love
26Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
26The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
26Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
26Lyman Review: Devil calf
26 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
26Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
26Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
26Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
26Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
26Their View: Goal post move unfair
26Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
26At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
26Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
26History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
26No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
26Prairie Dogs
26Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
26In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
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26At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
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26Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
25Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
25Observations Only : The orphanage
25Observations Only - Two ages of man
25Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
25Home of the Brave
25Observations Only: A new direction
25Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
25Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
25Assad’s endgame
25Observations Only: Painting a picture
25Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
25Observations Only: Sister odyssey
25Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
25Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
25Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
25Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
25A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
25From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
25Observations Only: Uneventful flight
25A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
25A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
25Observations Only: Sister lost
25Teen Voice: Living within our means
25Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
25A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
25Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
25Teen Voice: Being a girl
25From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
25From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
25Teen Voice: The need to get away
25Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
25A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
25The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
25Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
25Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
25Teen Voice: Remember what you have
25Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
25The Good Life: The two different types of business people
25A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
25Teeing Off: Around the Green
25Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
25The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
25Totally Random: Life’s ripples
25Observations Only: The visit
25Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
25A Halloween Story: The scary dream
25No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
25Teen Voice: Self-expression
25Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
25Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
25Observations Only: The last toothpick
25Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
25Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
25Totally Random: Trusting the fates
25Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
25At the Monument: That old (historic) building
25Across the Fence: Amanda
25At the Monument: Art in National Parks
25Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
25Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
25Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
25Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
25Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
25Synchronicity:What brings me back
25Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
25Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
25No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
25Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
25Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
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24Teen Voice: March Madness
24Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
24Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
24Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
24Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
24Completely Different: Your local government and you
24The zombie apocalypse and you
24SELL-OUT!
24Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
24Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
24Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
24Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
24Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
24Observations Only: Extreme measures
24Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
24Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
24Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
24Teen Voice: Happy news
24Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
24Teen Voice: Catfished
24Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
24The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
24Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
24Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
24Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
24Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
24Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
24Observations Only: A fine line
24Observations Only: A matter of matter
24Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
24Observations Only: The vision
24Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
24Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
24Lyman Review: The love goat
24Totally Random: October, the pink month
24Observations Only: A sad week
24Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
24Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
24Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
24Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
24Teen Voice: My rebellion
24Observations Only: The last goodbye
24Teen Voice: What is love?
24Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
24Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
24Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
24Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
24Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
24No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
24Building Bridges: Love your enemies
24Lyman Review: Dog fun
24In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
24Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
24No-Till Notes: Looking Back
24Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
24For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
24No-til Notes: Changing plans
24No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
24Be kind through communications
24Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
24Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
24At the Monument: Night Sky
24Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
23Observations only : Sisters of the world
23Completely Different: Tales from the mat
23Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
23Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
23Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
23Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
23Being a Nebraskan – border to border
23Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
23Trash cans
23Do You Tube?
23Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
23Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
23A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
23Observations Only: What's in a word?
23The ghost of Ayn Rand
23From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
23Silence please
23Remembering When
23The hills, part 1: Mustangs
23Observations Only: Counting chickens
23LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
23Observations Only: North Powder
23Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
23Observations Only: The meeting
23Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
23Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
23A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
23From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
23Teen Voice: Equality
23Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
23Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
23Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
23Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
23Observations Only: Expect the best
23A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
23Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
23Observations Only: Beginnings
23Observations Only: Good and evil
23A Stray Moment: God Knows
23The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
23Observations Only: Choices
23Observations Only: The shadow of error
23Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
23The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
23Teeing Off: Mind Gym
23Observations Only: The need to understand
23Observations Only: Off to the races
23Observations Only: The awful truth
23A Small World: Special guest
23Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
23Observations Only: Waiting time
23Totally Random: Happy Halloween
23Observations Only: One more time
23Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
23Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
23Observations Only: The vigil
23Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
23A real leaning tree Christmas
23Teen Voice: The gift of caring
23Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
23Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
23Why you should visit the zoo in February
23Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
23Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
23Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
23Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
23Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
23Teen Voice: Footprints
23View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
23Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
23Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
23Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
23No-till Notes: Moving forward
23Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
23Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
23Linked Lives
23At the Monument: Junior Rangers
23Letter to the editor
23No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
23No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
22My mini Pen and me
22Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
22Completely Different: The Quest
22Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
22From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
22Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
22Observations Only: The joy of money
22Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
22Practice safe barbecue basics
22Observations Only: Saturday delight
22It's no surprise
22Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
22Teen Voice: Not just another ride
22Observations Only: Giving up
22A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
22Teen Voice: The road of hatred
22Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
22Observations Only: No thank you
22Observations Only: Spider adventure
22A Stray Moment: The last time
22Observations Only: Blue chip stock
22Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
22Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
22Observations Only: Scourge of violence
22The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
22Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
22Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
22Teen Voice: Serendipity
22Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
22Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
22Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
22A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
22From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
22Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
22Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
22Observations Only: Willfulness
22Completely Different - The magic of spring
22Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
22The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
22Observations Only: Divine prompts
22Teen Voice: Body image
22A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
22Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
22Observations Only: A matter of paradox
22Teen Voice: The Other Side
22The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
22Observations Only: A good daughter
22Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
22Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
22Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
22Teen Voice: The rivalry
22Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
22Teen Voice: Stress test
22Observations Only: Hog wash
22Anno Domini: On this remembering day
22Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
22Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
22Observations Only: A day in August
22Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
22Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
22Our View: Community responsible for kids
22Observations Only: Final moment
22Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
22Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
22Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
22Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
22Teen Voice: Cyber War
22Teen Voice: Inspire me
22Totally Random: Where does it go?
22Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
22Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
22Support emergency services personnel
22What’s really going on with our water?
22Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
22Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
22No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
22Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
22Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
22At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
22Letters to the Editor
22A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
22No-Till Notes: The value of water
21It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
21Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
21Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
21A last look at the Nebraska Zone
21Time keeps flowing like a river
21Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
21Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
21Permission to remember
21Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
21Life's curve balls
21A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
21From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
21From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
21Observations Only: Together again
21LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
21Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
21Observations Only: Surprises
21Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
21From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
21Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
21Observations Only: Going home
21Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
21Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
21Across the Fence: The Pony Express
21Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
21The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
21Guest Voices…
21Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
21Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
21Teeing Off: Persistence
21Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
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21A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
21Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
21From the Hill: More Work Ahead
21Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
21Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
21The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
21Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
21Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
21Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
21No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
21Teen Voice: To the future
21Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
21Teen Voice: Where is the love?
21Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
21Nature Notes: Love is in the air
21Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
21Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
21Religious freedom must be protected
21At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
21Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
21Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
21Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
21In the Hills: Explore the state parks
21New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
21No-Till Notes: Back in the field
21Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
21Website Resources
21College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
21Fourth of July meetings
21Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
21A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
21No Till Notes: Final Stop
20Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
20Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
20We need a few good people
20Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
20Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
20Observations Only : Mission accomplished
20Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
20The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
20Social time has important benefits
20Age of reason
20Timing makes perfect
20Economic development update
20The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
20 Taking a big risk
20Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
20Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
20Teen Voice: The more the merrier
20Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
20The Block
20The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
20Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
20The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
20Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
20The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
20Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
20Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
20Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
20Our View: The elephant in the room
20Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
20Teeing Off: The thing about state
20A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
20The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
20A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
20Lyman Review: One mean chicken
20Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
20Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
20Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
20Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
20Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
20Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
20Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
20Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
20Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
20Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
20View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
20Greetings from the State Capitol
20Lyman Review: Branding Time
20From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
20Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
19Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
19A Small World: Time traveling
19Letter to the Editor
19Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
19Seeing the works of the master
19View from the block
19Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
19From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
19A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
19From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
19Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
19Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
19Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
19The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
19Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
19I'm falling for Tumblr?
19Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
19From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
19Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
19Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
19The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
19Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
19Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
19SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
19At the Library: March into a good book
19Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
19Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
18Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
18Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
18Our view . . .Sports Complex
18Our View: Visionaries wanted
18Welcome to Gering
18From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
18The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
18Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
18Rural America and immigration reform
18Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
18Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
18Lyman Review: Winter's dog
18Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
18No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
17My Thanksgiving prayer
16Our View: Bravo OTD committee
4Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
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Spectrum Photo
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