Completely Different : Tainted Youth
December 15, 2011 Elizabeth Gross   

Elizabeth Gross
Citizen Reporter


Do you realize that people in bigger cities would give anything to be you? There are people who are tired of living the fast-paced life of the big city. They want their own piece of “the good life.”

How do I know? Growing up, I was one of them. I grew up in Denver until we moved back when I started high school. Our family, who lives in the area, brought us back to the valley every Christmas, Thanksgiving and Oregon Trail Days.

How I wished to be like the other kids from around here. Until I lived here I had no idea what kind of stereotyping many young people have to deal with.

I find it very funny that our city, county and state governments continue to throw money at all of these revitalization projects. Their hope is to keep young people from moving away. Officials continue to scratch their heads wondering why all these young people leave and never come back.

The obvious answer is that a bright student can find better opportunity elsewhere. I think the hope that some people have is that their children will go to college and experience “the world,” then they will come back to raise a family.

But the fact of the matter is, why would they return to an area with no job prospects? If they did return, why would they come back to only make a quarter of what they do now? Instead of shouting the same rhetoric that we need to bring jobs to rural America, our government officials need to look at the core issue. Why are young people leaving?

First of all let me start by saying that if you are trying to find a solution as to why young people leave a rural community; perhaps you should actually have people who are young in a committee. Recently, I attended a pre-legislative breakfast hosted by the Scottsbluff/ Gering Chamber of Commerce. I was the youngest person in the room. What I learned from attending this presentation is they have no idea what it is like to be a young person in a community such as ours.

An individual made a comment that it was pointless to waste our money on the youth. Young people don’t have a good worth ethic in the first place. Bingo! Here is the problem – this skewed perception that if a small group of people acts a certain way, it is true about all people in that group. We can’t make the battle cry that “children are our future,” when we think so little of them.

Recently, I read an article saying that my generation (Generation Y) had the power to save our economy. It said that we are a generation of young people starting our own businesses. We have seen what happens when our parents lost their jobs and have decided to take control of our fates. As it becomes increasingly difficult to find a “traditional” job, these young entrepreneurs are finding a way around it. Many of these young people have created three or four business and will continue to create jobs. They love the thrill of a startup. These businesses are not failing, they are thriving.

What great potential! However, this forward thinking is not something I see in rural America. We come up with excuses for everything. Why did you leave? There is nothing for me to do. Why don’t we create a safe place for young people to hang out? There is no point; they will never take care of it anyway. Why don’t we create job training programs? What a waste of money! These no-good kids have a crummy work ethic.

We need to give young people more credit. There are many kids who are going to school, working full time and in some cases, raising a family. It is our job as a community to provide our children with a sense of belonging. They crave for a place to call their own. Not every child is going to jump into a career in agriculture. Not every child is going to want to become a nurse. Instead, the kids who think outside the box are working minimum wage jobs and become increasingly bitter about their hometowns.

Another idea that was also brought forth at the Chamber presentation was a new internship program. The bill would provide for-profit employers a grant to employ college students. An applicant must be attending a two or four year school and must have a permanent residence in the state of Nebraska. The idea is that after the internship is finished a student will stay in the State of Nebraska. Again, great idea in theory but who is this benefiting?

There is no guarantee that the student will even stay in the state after the internship is finished. This idea also benefits our neighbors to the east. They have a better chance of finding a better paying job. There are just more opportunities on the other end of the state. What about the kids whose families can’t afford to send them to college? Sure, we have programs like Upward Bound but it seems like every two years these great programs are on the chopping block.

What officials need to do in our neck of the woods is to start thinking about the youth. Stop with the excuses and actually take the time to think about them. We need them; otherwise western Nebraska is doomed to be a “ghost town.”

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66Lyman Review: Branding Time
66Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
65Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
65Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
65Observations Only: The last toothpick
65Teen Voice: Footprints
65In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
65Religious freedom must be protected
65Their View: Goal post move unfair
64From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
64From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
64Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
64Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
64Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
64Observations Only: Hog wash
64Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
64Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
64Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
64Totally Random: Trusting the fates
64At the Monument: That old (historic) building
64Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
63Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
63Our View: Community responsible for kids
63Teen Voice: To the future
63Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
63Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
63Lyman Review: Dog fun
63Support emergency services personnel
63Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
63Synchronicity:What brings me back
63Letters to the Editor
63Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
62Teen Voice: Equality
62I'm falling for Tumblr?
62Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
62Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
62Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
62Teen Voice: Cyber War
62Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
62Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
61Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
61Lyman Review: Winter's dog
61Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
61View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
61Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
61No-Till Notes: Back in the field
60From the Hill: More Work Ahead
60No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
60Nature Notes: Love is in the air
60Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
59The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
59Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
59Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
59At the Library: March into a good book
59Totally Random: Where does it go?
59At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
59No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
59Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
58Why you should visit the zoo in February
58Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
58Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
58Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
58Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
57Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
57Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
56Teen Voice: Inspire me
55Teen Voice: What is love?
55Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
55Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
55Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
55Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
53Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
53Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
52Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
52Rural America and immigration reform
52Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
52From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
48Greetings from the State Capitol
47Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
47Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
45
43Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
11Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
9Letter to the Editor
Most Read News Stories of 2012
591Building Bridges – Teens in the Driver Seat is a program for LIFE
560All Points West: Coming home, a veteran’s perspective on what it means
493The Christmas Story
456Jane’s Secret column on hiatus
430To whom are we thankful?
359Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
323A Stray Moment: Football – Violence, Death, and Denial
315Across the Fence: Roosevelt’s campaign tour of the west
310At the Monument: Museum collections
294A Stray Moment: To honor them all their days
293A Stray Moment: Thanksgiving myths and traditions
291Rotary International observes World Polio Day Oct. 24
281Across The Fence: Portugee Phillips and a horse named Dandy
281Building Bridges: Regionalism should be focus of our core-idor
270Support letters requested for airport
262Across the Fence: All aboard the Transcontinental Express
262Curiosity Corner: A Christmas with Buffalo Bill
254The Good Life: Looking back on 2014
253Across The Fence: Barbecue Campbell and the XIT
249Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
247No-Till Notes: Drilling Edible Beans, part 2
229In the Hills: Learn the Dutch Oven
227At the Library: “The Master Switch” The rise and fall of information empires By Tim Wu
227A Stray Moment: Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo
225Barr’s Bacon Wrapped Fantasy Picks: A rookie's guide to drafting your dream team
220No Till Notes: Drilling edible beans
219Letters to the Editor
218Jane’s Secret, XXXIII: Night walk
213Our View: Let the downtown revitalization begin
207Across The Fence: The Harmar Campaign
204Across The Fence: The Christmas Truce of 1914
203Teen Voice: Positive effects of social media
203Across The Fence: Over The Edge; Niagara’s Argonauts
202Curiosity Corner: An Uncommon Christmas Story
201Building Bridges: Help! is the key word for the holidays
200A Stray Moment: Brand new used cars
199At the Library: Book Review: “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
197No Till Notes:
192Observations Only : White water
192Building Bridges: Cleaning up for company--or not--reveals a lot
192In the Hills: Nature for the Holidays
191A Stray Moment: Time to get moving
190At the Library:Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
189No-Till Notes: Dakota Lakes Dry Land Rotations
182Building Bridges: Honoring our blessings and our leaders
181What's the deal with organic milk?
181Building Bridges: Turning a space into a sense of place
177Across the Fence: Who was Martha Jane Canary?
177Across The Fence: The Pawnee and human sacrifice
177Jack’s Insights: A word about weed control
177A Stray Moment: O Holy Night
174Across the Fence: Bose Ikard; Texas Cowboy
173The Good Life: What a wild ride it’s been
171Across The Fence: “…a date that will live in infamy.”
167Jane’s Secret, XXV: Mysteries
166
163At the Library: Son by Lois Lowry
160Completely Different: It's all in the family
158College Thoughts: Rotten for the minds? Think again
155Across The Fence: Billy Dixon; Plainsman, Hunter, Indian fighter and Scout
155All Points West: Huskers win hearts and minds at Holiday Bowl
154At the Monument: Where are the animals?
153Across the Fence: Before Barbed Wire
153Our View: Officials should take advantage of available training
152Observations Only: A soul’s journey
152Across The Fence: The Hat Creek Outpost
151All Points West: Looking for holiday inspiration?
149Across the Fence - Catherine’s boys
149Across the Fence: Black Hills Gold and the Thoen Stone
149Across The Fence: Captain Silas S. Soule; The face of moral courage
147Across the Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part II
146Lyman Review: A Tunnel of Birds
146At the Library: The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
145Across The Fence: A Fourth of July Montage
145No-Till Notes: A word about weed control
144Jane’s Secret, XXVII: Town Meeting
142Completely Different: New Year’s Resolutions
142At the Monument: So You want to be a Ranger?
141Teen Voice: Don’t be fooled by fads
139Across the Fence: Ah-ho-appa (fallen leaf)
139Battle of Summit Springs, part II: Warpath to White Bear Creek
134Across the Fence: Burnett’s Mound and the Topeka tornado
134From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thanks for the memories
134Building Bridges: Save the world, educate through agriculture
134
129Across The Fence: Amos Bad Heart Bull
129Creatures of the Night
128Across the Fence: Judge Roy Bean : Texas prizefight promoter
125Teen Voice: Gleek tragedy
125A ‘city’ kid goes to the fair
125A Stray Moment: Robin Williams – Good night sweet prince
125Across the Fence: Ladies First or First Ladies
124Building Bridges: “It’s happening” at the Harvest Festival
124
123Totally Random: The Golden Rule
122Across the Fence: Sioux Ordnance Depot: stories to be told
122Jane’s Secret, XXIV: The last drive
122A Stray Moment - A night owl born to an 8 to 5 world
122Across the Fence: The Battle of Hungry Hill
121Jane’s Secret, part XVII : Plans gone awry
121Building Bridges: When ‘FAMILY’ and fellow Nebraskans are all you’ve got
120Jane’s Secret, XXVIII: Lame Johnny
120 Across the Fence: ‘Aunt Sally’ and Dakota Gold
119Teen Voice: Fifty reasons to smile
119Across The Fence: Battle of the Wabash: St. Clair’s Defeat
119At the Monument: Living History
118Jane’s Secret, XXIII: Molly’s plan
118Across the Fence: Battle of Summit Springs, Part I: Tall Bull Killed
117In the Hills: Pollinators – the buzz
116Across the Fence: When Lady Luck sleeps
116Across The Fence: Freedom Triumphant Over War and Peace
115The Good Life: Through my father’s eyes
115Jane’s Secret, XXX: A new wrinkle
114Across the Fence: Class of ’67, last remnants of home
114Across the Fence: When Fiddler quit running
113A Stray Moment: I love Sookie Stackhouse
113Across the Fence: The hand dug well
113Completely Different: The Disney princess debate: an exercise in the ridiculous
112Across the Fence: James Butler Hickok: The thoughtful gunfighter
112Jane’s Secret, XXXII Jane’s Bad Day
112Life in the Rearview Mirror: The world is a stage
111Jane’s Secret, XXXX: A tale of mayhem
111Across the Fence; Massacre on the Marias River
111Across the Fence: Here lies Major Alexander Culbertson
111A Stray Moment: Winter Wonderland (and Thank You to the Snow Crews)
111Jane’s Secret: The Telling
110Across the Fence: A Cheyenne weekend
110Across The Fence: The Pawnee on Pumpkin Creek
110No Till Notes: Moving Forward
109Across the Fence: Rural free delivery
109Teen Voice: Congratulations, you’re awful
109Across The Fence: The Spanish Flu
108Across the Fence: Pawnee legends in the Nebraska Panhandle
108Thinking about Health: Getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act
108Across the Fence: The Blizzard of ‘49
107The Good Life: It’s hard to believe, the Citizen is four years old
107Across The Fence: Jules, Jack and lawless justice
107Teen Voice: What diabetes taught me
107Across The Fence: Grandpa’s Grays
106Jane’s Secret, part XV: Unrequited love
106Across the Fence: Sitting Bull: The Last Surrendering Sioux
105Jane’s Secret, part XII: Jane's Vow
105Across the Fence: Lions, wolves and bears
105Book Review: I Forgot to Remember By Su Meck
105Across The Fence: Hinhan Kaga Paha
104From the Superintendent’s Desk: Welcome to new certified staff
104Across the Fence: Cynthia Ann Parker, Comanche captive
104Across The Fence: Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chadron to Chicago Cowboy Race, part I
104Totally Random: Hemp: considering the real benefits of the miracle plant
104Jane’s Secret XLX: Day’s end
104Across The Fence: …and a Happy New Year.
103Across The Fence: By the dawn’s early light
102Jane’s Secret, part IX: Mrs. Huber’s chagrin
102Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest, part 1
102Across The Fence: Steamboats on the Missouri
102No-Till Notes: The value of water
102No Till Notes: Colorado Conservation Tillage Association Conference
101Arts Scene: Theatre West’s Les Miserables not to be missed: Anniversary production proves to be a memorable winner
100A Stray Moment: Now is the winter of our disconnect
100Across the Fence: Discovering Ed Stemler
100Teen Voice: What’s so great about pizza?
100A Stray Moment: For the love of theatre
100Completely Different: The game is afoot, a look at Sherlock Holmes
100The Good Life: Christina Baker’s mom: Thank you
100The Lyman Review: I love baby ducks
100Jane’s Secret, XLI Black widow spider
100Across The Fence: New England’s Heroine Scalptress
100Dynasty made Gering the biggest little town in Nebraska
100No-Till Notes: Enjoyable Day
100Jane’s Secret LI: The telling
100Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part I)
99Jane’s Secret, part XVI: Fate takes a hand
99Completely Different: That’s so Pinteresting
99Totally Random: I’m a backwards reader
99Across The Fence: The Three Guardsmen
99Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
99Totally Random: December 6, the day I lived
99Welcome to the ‘New’ in Gering
99Across the Fence: Missing; Nelson Buck survey party
99Building Bridges: Be a Destination Ambassador
99Across the Fence: Charles Badger Clark
99At the Library: One Zentangle a Day
98Completely Different : Could you come down off your soap box please?
98Jane’s Secret, part XIII: Blackberry pie
98Completely Different: It’s the end of the world as we know it
98From the Superintendent’s Desk - Financial Outlook for Gering Public Schools
98The Good Life: Cooler breezes bring anticipation of fall
98Building Bridges: Five years old IS a milestone
98Jane’s Secret LII: Eavesdroppers
98A Stray Moment: A ‘city boy’ visits the Harvest Festival
97Our view: Gering’s future needs your vote
97A Stray Moment: Merry Christmas – God save us all
97Across the Fence: Bloody Pocket, the final battle
97From the Superintendent’s Desk : Draft Calendar 2013-14
97Totally Random: Astrology: It’s all in the stars…
97A Stray Moment: Having a blast on the Fourth of July
97Across the Fence: The Overland Camel Company
96Across the Fence: Wyoming settlers lay siege to the TA Ranch
96A Small World: Special guest
96No-Till Notes: Water Funding Task Force
96Across The Fence: Crazy Horse’s Last Battle
96Across the Fence: John Colter, the first mountain man
96No-Till Notes: Different Approaches Part II
95Jane’s Secret, part VIII: Molly's plan
95Building Bridges: Chautauqua will bring out the best in everyone
95A real leaning tree Christmas
94Across the Fence: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
94Assad’s endgame
94Miss Movies: “Bully” a powerful documentary
94Teen Voice: New Year’s goals
94Across the Fence: Standing on the wagon
94A Stray Moment: Star Trek: Infinite diversity in infinite combinations
94Completely Different: The Marilyn Monroe conundrum
94Anno Domini: The Textbook of Freedom
94Jane’s Secret XLIX: Phillip’s agenda
94A Stray Moment: Goodbye old house – sorting their things
94Teen Voice: Unexpected joys of being a sibling
94 Across The Fence: County Fair
94A look at - and helping - the State of the Valley
93Across the Fence: On The road
93From the Superintendent’s Desk
93Across the Fence - Boston: April 18, 1775
93Observations Only: Reality check
93The Good Life: Today we celebrate Global Oneness Day
93Observations Only: Gone away
93Across the Fence: The Spring Creek Raid
93History Revisited:A Stray Moment: Life (and death) on the Oregon Trail
93Across the Fence: The Battle of Coon Creek
92Jane’s Secret, part XIV: Molly’s dream
92Across the Fence: Building Barns
92Jane’s Secret, Part XVIV: Crystal Waters
92A Stray Moment: All's well that ends well, usually
92From the Superintendent’s Desk - Option Enrollment
92From the Pastor's Pen: Lord, teach us to pray
92Across The Fence: Union Pacific robbery at Big Springs
92A Halloween Story: The scary dream
92Across the Fence: On the Old Chisholm Trail
92Jane’s Secret XLVII: A stormy afternoon
92No-Till Notes: "Different Approaches"
91The Good Life: Hey, I’m a winner!
91The ghost of Ayn Rand
91From the Superintendent’s Desk: Accountability
91A Stray Moment: World War Two is not forgotten
91From the Superintendent’s Desk - District purchase of building
91Observations Only: Sisters lost, part IV
91Observations Only: Temptation
91Observations Only: The shadow of error
91Jane's Secret, XXXI: Sixes and sevens
91Across the Fence; Prelude to the Red River War of 1874
91The Good Life: The lasting effects of bullying
91In the Hills: Nebraska Bighorn Sheep
90Across the Fence: The Wellnitz Fire, day 1 and 2
90Across the Fence: Cheyenne County, Nebraska: cattle country
90Teen Voice:  Body bashing and self-image
90Observations Only: A sad week
90Across The Fence: Moc-chi, A Southern Cheyenne warrior
90No-Till Notes: Annual PNTP Tour
90Building Bridges: Oregon Trail Days—making our present a celebrated past
90Across The Fence: Scalped at Plum Creek
89Across the Fence: First scalp for Custer
89Teen Voice: I guess it’s just a western Nebraska thing
89From the Superintendent's Desk: NePAS – State Accountability
89A Stray Moment: Tacos! Our embarrassment of riches
89Guest Voice: If I could do it over again
89Teen Voice: The need to get away
89Observations Only: Indifferent love
89Across The Fence: Crow Dog, Spotted Tail’s assassin
89Final Point: Golf, cross country feats headline fall season successes
89No-Till Notes: Plan to attend 2014 No-Till Conference
89Across the Fence: Old barns and memories
89Across the Fence: David F. Cook and ‘Indian Joe’
88Life in the Rearview Mirror: Cleaning off the ‘what if’ shelf
88Across the Fence: Dull Knife’s Quest: Part 2 of 2
88Our View: Pipeline not a solution to oil problems
88Observations Only: The need to understand
88Across The Fence: The Heartland plague of 1874-75
88Anno Domini: The memorial nobody wants
88Teen Voice: Silence
88Building Bridges: Celebrating the Bulldog homecoming
88Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows
88No-Till Notes: "Harvest"
87Jane’s Secret, part XI: Grand Duchess
87Across the Fence: A boy called Slon-Ha
87Completely Different: The mystery of Vivian Maier
87Teeing Off: Persistence
87Lyman Review: Goat-chasing cardio
87Across the Fence: A Cowboy kind of Christmas
87At the Library: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
87Across The Fence: Justice in the Big Horn Basin
87Building Bridges: Supporting our teachers supports our children
86Across the Fence: The Soldier’s Free Homestead Colony of Gibbon
86Jane’s Secret, part VI: Molly’s surprise
86Across the Fence: Submarines and railroads
86Life in the West: Inside the minds of serial killers
86Across the Fence: Tomb of the Unknown
86Observations Only: A soul's journey, part III
86Jane’s secret, XXVI: The suitcase
86Observations Only: Divine spirit
86Anno Domini: On this remembering day
86Totally Random: My journey, life after living
85Teen Voice: Today’s television
85The Good Life: The best Christmas gift
85Observations Only: Critical thinking
85Across the Fence: Fort Mitchell on the Great Platte River Road
85A Stray Moment: - The case for Hagel
85Teeing Off: Around the Green
85Across The Fence: Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls, June 1874
85A Stray Moment: Learning how to walk
85Lyman Review: Devil calf
85Across the Fence: New eyes on the Panhandle
85Building Bridges: Don’t wait to develop
85Building Bridges: Awards are only part of our success
85
84Across the Fence: Consumed by fire
84Across the Fence: Mud Springs revisited
84Across the Fence: Faded photos and vivid memories
84From the Superintendent's Desk: Election over – work begins
84Jane’s Secret, part XXII: While the cat’s away
84Completely Different: The bucket list phenomenon
84Building Bridges: Observing bullies, abuse and pastors
84Teen Voice: Nobody else can lower you
84Thinking About Health: The challenge of signing up for Obamacare
84Building Bridges: Love your enemies
84Across the Fence: Amanda
84Final Point: Citizen receives first honor for ‘Final Point’
83Life in the Rearview Mirror: I’m on a road to someplace
83Theatre West’s Cabaret torch burns brightly
83Observations Only: Curious things
83Observations Only: Sisters lost, part III
83From the Pastor's Pen: Unbelievable breaking news
83A Stray Moment: Earth Day, am I doing my part?
83Observations Only: Beginnings
83Teen Voice: Dealing with stress
83Observations Only: A gift of serenity
83A Stray Moment: A voice from the past, haunting myself
83Observations Only: Divine prompts
83Anno Domini: Independence, an ideal worth celebrating
83Teen Voice: Until we say goodbye
83Across the Fence: Roy Bean; scoundrel with a law book
83Across the Fence: The Cholera Corridor
83Building Bridges: Dive into summer—dive into living
83Jane’s Secret XLVIII: Jane’s agenda
83Building Bridges: Fair time—learn, respect, appreciate, enjoy!
83No-Till Notes: Last chance for North, South Dakota tour
83No-Till Notes: American Society of Agronomy
83Reach out for challenges
82Completely Different: Tales from the mat
82Lyman Review: Hubby’s got my goat
82From the Superintendent’s Desk: Parents’ role in the educational process
82Across the Fence: Places near forgotten
82Observations Only: Uneventful flight
82Our View: County Manager option leads to Good Old Boys' Club
82Observations Only: Journey's end
82Teen Voice: What senior year taught me
82Life in the Rearview Mirror: Experiencing life passion
82Teen Voice: Say yes to branching out
82Observations Only: A good daughter
82Observations Only: The unvarnished truth
82Jane's Secret XXXIV: Gin Rummy
82Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Collegebound Nebraska
82Anno Domini: We gather together
82Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLIV: Jail break
82No-til Notes: Changing plans
82Across the Fence: Aftermath: Part III, The Battle of Summit Springs
81A Stray Moment: Waiting on a train
81From the Superintendent’s Desk: Get ready for Parent-teacher conferences
81Observations Only: Sisters lost, part two
81Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
81Capitol View: Lincoln Highway captures spotlight
81Jane’s Secret XXXVI:  The dream
81Lyman Review: The love goat
81Jane’s Secret XXXVII: A starry night
81Teen Voice: My rebellion
81Building Bridges: Being grateful for the hardships in life
81No-Till Notes: Cheat grass
81At the Library: “My Name is Resolute” By Nancy E. Turner
81In the Hills: Awesome Amphibians and Rough Reptiles
81
80Being a Nebraskan – border to border
80Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part I
80Life in the Rearview Mirror: I hate coffee
80Across the Fence: Wasicu Wakan
80Observations Only: Expect the best, part II
80Completely Different: Hey there, four eyes!
80Teen Voice: Remember what you have
80The Good Life: We are the Valley’s emissaries
80Building Bridges: Following the spirit of Gering
80Lyman Review: The elusive farm cat
80Across The Fence: A day For thanks
80Building Bridges: Seeking a big win out of the 4th quarter
79The Block
79Teen Voice: Respond to defeat
79Guest Editorial: Fischer will see U.S. ‘living within means’
79Observations Only: Curious things, part II
79Across the Fence: Fact, fiction or fragmented dreams?
79Across the Fence: The Pony Express
79Teeing Off: Lessons learned from golf
79Observations Only: A matter of paradox
79A Small World: Chokecherry season evokes memories of yesterday
79Teen Voice - On the outside looking In
79Lyman Review: One mean chicken
79Teen Voice: The gift of caring
79Building Bridges: Tend to 2014 and be Happy, Happy, Happy
79Building Bridges: Objectivity and fairness make a winning plan
79SBNM View: Do you want to be a VIP?
79Across the Fence: Investigation at Spring Creek
79Be kind through communications
79Across the Fence: Deserters or outcasts; Three who left (Part II)
78Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a mixed bag
78Observations Only: A matter of matter
78A Stray Moment: In praise of encouragement
78Observations Only: Off to the races
78Observations Only: The awful truth
78Across The Fence: First train from Saply Grove
78The Good Life: A holiday recipe for peace
78Dear Fellow Nebraskans: We Are Proud of the Nebraska National Guard
78Across The Fence: Mustangs on Pumpkin Creek
78Building Bridges: Pause a moment...save a child’s life
78No-Till Notes:Enjoyable meeting
78In the Hills: Get to Know Our Feathered Travelers
77Observations only : Sisters of the world
77Across the Fence: Just For the Thrill of It
77Across the Fence: The much maligned Ms. Watson
77Observations Only: A new direction
77A Stray Moment: On Canada and the forgotten bicentennial
77Observations Only: Just around the corner
77From the Superintendent’s Desk: Current enrollment count
77Observations Only: The meeting
77Across the Fence : November 1864: Pole Creek, Politics and Patriots
77Miss Movies: Ten movies for romance
77The Good Life: Innovation and young energy enriches us all
77Observations Only: The vision
77A Small World: Savoring county fair days
77Jane’s Secret XXXV: Bugs and things
77Observations Only: The visit
77Teen Voice: Stress test
77Across the Fence: The Colorado Coalfield War
77Across The Fence: Deserters or Outcasts; Three who left. (Part I)
77
77No Till Notes: Final Stop
76Observations Only: Little Girl Lost, part six
76Observations Only: Giving up
76A Stray Moment: It's a dog's life
76Jane’s Secret, part XX: Change of plans
76Observations Only: Expect the best
76Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
76Teen Voice: Being a girl
76The Good Life: Mom, my partner in life
76Lyman Review: Now that's a set of handlebars!
76Across The Fence: Last Christmas
76Building Bridges: Serve on the school board—or say no more
76Across the Fence: Prelude to Battle
76Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLII: Sunflowers
76View from Capitol Hill: Solutions for our economy and the budget
76New at the Zoo: Volunteer at the Zoo
76Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret XLV: Gun smoke
76Jane’s Secret XLVI: Sour grapes
76Prairie Dogs
76At the Monument: Bird Homes at the Bluff
75Jane’s Secret, part II: Gertrude’s choice
75Teen Voice: Experiencing versus remembering
75It's no surprise
75Teen Voice: Catfished
75Observations Only: Saint Marge
75Teen Voice: Is respect dead?
75Building Bridges: Planning now for tourism season 2014
75Observations Only: Final moment
75In the Hills: Explore the state parks
75
75At the Monument: Night Sky
75Across The Fence: The Eighth Wonder of the World
74Observations Only : The orphanage
74Across the fence: Something worth remembering
74Jane’s Secret, part VII Clem’s confession
74Across the Fence: A hometown 4th of July
74Observations Only: Scourge of violence
74Teen Voice: Serendipity
74Observations Only: Going home
74Jane’s Secret, part XXI: Gertrude’s Agenda
74The Good Life: A farm girl in my heart
74Political Cartoon by Doug Hoevet
74Observations Only: A soul's journey, part two
74Observations Only: Good and evil
74Teen Voice: Go ahead, make my day
74Observations Only: Choices
74A Stray Moment: Without a net
74Observations Only: Waiting time
74 Across the Fence: Remembering Armistice Day
74Observations Only: A day in August
74Across the Fence: Remembering English Joe
74At the Monument: Junior Rangers
74Sychronicity: Thrive, don't just survive
73Observations Only: Blinders aren’t just for horses
73Completely Different: The good, the bad, and the remedy
73Capitol View: Wild life proposal costly but worthwhile
73Observations Only: Willfulness
73Teen Voice: Body image
73Welcome to Gering and the 92nd Oregon Trail Days Celebration.
73
73Building Bridges: “New” will become a buzzword in the Valley
73Jane’s Secret, XXXVIII: Bad girls
73Miss Movies: Miss Movies recommends her top 10 films of 2013
73Teen Voice: My School, Their Rules
73Building Bridges: Be American - help your candidate
73Building Bridges: Asking officials to speak and work as a body
73Capitol View: The 103rd Legislature is history … finally
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72It's a small world : Everything we do has meaning
72Teen Voice: Let us be beautiful
72Across the Fence: The Great Solomon River Stampede
72The hills, part 1: Mustangs
72A Stray Moment: In praise of silence
72Observations Only: Blue chip stock
72A Stray Moment: Ready for the storm
72Across the Fence: Thanks for the memory
72Observations Only: The two faces of poverty
72Jane’s Secret, part XVIII : Devil’s bargain
72Across the Fence: Wounded Knee; December 29, 1890
72Life in the Rearview Mirror: The Moments we live for
72Teen Voice: By my side until the newness wears off
72The Good Life - The worst day on record at the Citizen
72Observations Only: A fine line
72Jane’s Secret, XXIX: Fred’s debacle
72The Good Life: The two different types of business people
72Observations Only: Afraid of the dark
72Totally Random: Life’s ripples
72Teen Voice: Self-expression
72Teen Voice: Holiday horrors
72Letter to the editor
72Fourth of July meetings
72Building Bridges: #speaklife is a goal for students, a goal for all
71A last look at the Nebraska Zone
71Lyman Review: Let’s get back to the subject of bullying
71The Good Life: Campaign ad using Jesus goes too far
71A Stray Moment - Celebrating Gering's Quasquicentennial
71A Small World: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair classes offer great variety
71Observations Only: Sister odyssey
71Observations Only: North Powder
71Completely Different: Happy Hollowthanksmas
71From the Superintendent's Desk: PLAS School
71From the Superintendent’s Desk: Summer School – 2013
71Our View: The elephant in the room
71Observations Only: Sister lost
71Life in the Rearview Mirror: Work is more than a four-letter word
71The Good Life: Extending grace, the lost art
71Completely Different: I go to seek a Great Perhaps
71Anno Domini: Ask the digital dust
71Coach Schadwinkel promoted strong sense of tradition
71Linked Lives
71Lyman Review: Sheep Royalty
70Miss Movies: Ten great horror flicks for Halloween, part 2
70From the Superintendent’s Desk: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
70From the Superintendent’s Desk - Parent Teacher Conferences
70Teen Voice: Previously unwritten cell phone rules
70A Stray Moment: God Knows
70Teeing Off: The thing about state
70Totally Random: October, the pink month
70Observations Only: Fuzzy angel
70Lyman Review: Nudge to the Butt
70Jane’s Secret: Jane’s Secret, XLIII: Jail house rock
70Dear Nebraskans: Massachusetts should not determine Nebraska’s Presidential vote
70No-till Notes: Moving forward
70Capitol View: Legislature overrides gubernatorial vetoes
70Fellow Nebraskans: Congratulations on graduation day
69Time keeps flowing like a river
69From the Superintendent’s Desk : Thank You for another Great Year
69Jane’s Secret, part V: Aggie’s complaint
69Observations Only: The joy of money
69Teen Voice: The benefits of online learning
69The Good Life: People of the Valley, we have a choice
69Teen Voice: Do It Anyway
69A Small World: Legends week promises fun for everyone
69Teen Voice: The rivalry
69Observations Only: The vigil
69Building Bridges: Building us up to be what others see
69Lyman Review: Taste of boot?
69No-Till Notes: Looking Back
69At the Monument: Art in National Parks
69What’s really going on with our water?
69Gering freshmen introduce personalities, styles: Writing assignment encourages students to let individualism shine
69Jack’s Insights: Knowing harvest
69Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and the Ghost Dance War (Part II of III)
68A Small World: Time traveling
68Observations Only: Little Girl Lost: Adopted
68Age of reason
68Trash cans
68Observations Only: Extreme measures
68Observations Only: Painting a picture
68Teen Voice: On becoming politically active
68A Stray Moment: The last time
68The Good Life: Leave the quilt shop and laundromat alone
68Observations Only: A strange Thanksgiving
68The Good Life: A very interesting meeting indeed
68A Stray Moment : Carry the weight
68Teen: Voice : Drinking enough water
68Life in the Rearview Mirror: Personal control of an individual response
68Five Good Reasons to Create an Investment Strategy
68From the Superintendent’s Desk - Haig and Aurora Buildings
68Teen Voice: Living within our means
68Completely Different - The magic of spring
68Teen Voice: Shadow art
68Life in the Rearview Mirror: Greensburg strong
68Teeing Off: Mind Gym
68Teen Voice: Saying Goodbye
68Totally Random: Happy Halloween
68Observations Only: One more time
68Observations Only: The last goodbye
68Website Resources
68At the Library: “I Shall Be Near to You” By Erin Lindsay McCabe
68For the love of the game – best courses in the valley
68Teen Voice: The clock is ticking
67Observations Only: Sisters lost, part I
67Observations Only: Little girl lost, part 3
67Teen Voice: Confessions of the financially disabled
67Observations Only: Saturday delight
67Observations Only: Musings of an odd duck
67Completely Different: Perfect memories made in imperfect moments
67Lyman Review: Something wicked this way comes
67Teen Voice: Family for all intents and purposes
67Updates from NRD: NRD promotes conservation
67Notes from NRD: Thanks agricultural producers
67Capitol View: Redistricting needs new procedure
66Completely Different: Your local government and you
66Lyman Review - Tales of the renegade rooster
66Teen Voice: The more the merrier
66Completely Different: Confessions of an out of shape twenty something
66Silence please
66Completely Different: What’s speech got to do with it?
66Guest Voices…
66Teen Voice: The Other Side
66Teen Voice: The daily struggle to a lifelong battle
66Our View: Childcare not school district’s role
66Teen Voice: Where is the love?
66Our View: Confidentiality agreement disrespectful
66Lyman Review: Branding Time
66Washington Report: Honoring America’s heroes
65The zombie apocalypse and you
65Completely Different: Remembering Aurora
65Teen Voice: Not just another ride
65A Stray Moment: Guilty pleasures
65Observations Only: Surprises
65Teen Voice: Indulge In moderation
65Up The Creek Without A Paddle: The NRD wants to do what with your money?
65Observations Only: The last toothpick
65Teen Voice: Footprints
65In the Hills: Arbor Day in Nebraska
65Religious freedom must be protected
65Their View: Goal post move unfair
64Elizabeth's top ten movie list of 2011
64Observations Only : Mission accomplished
64Observations Only - Two ages of man
64Jane's Secret, part X: The arrival
64From the Superintendent's Desk: Thank You
64From the Superintendent's Desk: Elementary attendance areas
64Observations Only: No thank you
64Observations Only: Together again
64From the Superintendent's Desk: School Safety and Security
64From the Superintendent’s Desk: Early Childhood Education
64Teen Voice: Learning calculus more than numbers
64Teen Voice: Pinning your interest
64Completely Different: Do you know John Green?
64Observations Only: Hog wash
64Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
64Teen Voice: Shopping days or holidays?
64Update From the NRD: Winter has arrived
64Totally Random: Trusting the fates
64At the Monument: That old (historic) building
64Teen Voice: Home is where the heart is
63Teen Voice: Just ten minutes
63Teen Voice : Leave your legacy
63My mini Pen and me
63Economic development update
63The Good Life: Our most precious right, gagged
63Teen Voice: The road of hatred
63Observations Only: Spider adventure
63Completely Different: The Mind Palace Memory Technique
63Teen Voice: Twitter as sleep criminal
63Our View: Community responsible for kids
63Teen Voice: To the future
63Teen Voice: Trouble Maker or Hard Worker?
63Teen Voice: Writing love on our hearts
63Lyman Review: Dog fun
63Support emergency services personnel
63Capitol View: The Legislature did provide tax relief
63Synchronicity:What brings me back
63Letters to the Editor
63Building Bridges: Know DOVES and know about domestic violence
62SELL-OUT!
62Teen Voice: Sticks and stones
62Do You Tube?
62Home of the Brave
62Remembering When
62Teen Voice: Sit back and enjoy YouTube
62Teen Voice: Eighth day of the week - Someday
62Teen Voice: Equality
62I'm falling for Tumblr?
62Life in the Rearview Mirror: Adapt and adjust
62Our View: Why rush the interlocal agreement?
62Guest Editorial: The future of health care at Regional West
62Teen Voice: Cyber War
62Mayor’s Monthly: Moving on Gering’s momentum
62Capital View: Can prison reform survive property tax relief?
61Completely Different: Look around, what are you missing?
61The Good Life: Your dollar is a vote for what you care about
61 Taking a big risk
61Life's curve balls
61Miss Movies: Top ten holiday films, part II
61The Good Life: We are not separate, we are one family
61Teen Voice: Happy news
61Teen Voice: I’ll be healthy – tomorrow
61Lyman Review: Winter's dog
61Capitol View: State aid proposal just might make some sense
61View of the Zoo: VIPs at RCD
61Capitol View: Delay tactics a gamble as session draws to a close
61No-Till Notes: Back in the field
60View from the block
60Welcome to Gering
60Completely Different: The Hills, part 2: The Civilian Conservation Corps
60Guest Editorial: Bob Kerrey is the true fiscal conservative
60Miss Movies: Top Ten Holiday Films
60From the Hill: More Work Ahead
60No-Till Notes: Joe Franks Memorial
60Nature Notes: Love is in the air
60Capitol View: Clock keeps tickin,’ many issues remain unresolved
59Teen Voice: Thank you, Gering Speech Team
59From the Superintendent's Desk: Student transportation changes for 2012-13
59LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No tax state unrealistic
59Completely Different: How the savings stole Christmas
59The Good Life: A time to be proud of our ancestors
59Teen Voice: Thanksgiving
59Christmas stories from Freshman Academy students
59At the Library: March into a good book
59Totally Random: Where does it go?
59At the Zoo: Spring in to the zoo
59No-Till Notes: “Fish and Mud”
59Across The Fence: Ms. Goodale and The Ghost Dance War (Part III)
58Curiosity Corner : The tale of the travelling train station
58Completely Different: The Quest
58Teen Voice: 'Pretty Little Liars'
58Observations Only: What's in a word?
58Pulpit of Bones: Man's best friend
58Observations Only: Counting chickens
58LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gering Public Schools seeks imput
58Their View: Hey Gering, mind your own business!
58Why you should visit the zoo in February
58Dear Nebraskans: Nebraska is the place for business
58Capitol View: Legislature to tackle meatier issues
58Gering ninth graders answer the questions of life
58Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures
57We need a few good people
57Our view... Gering stands upon important threshold
57Letter to the Editor
57Livestock Production: My Paradigm Shift
57Our View: Mayor should insist on civility
57Teen Voice: Practice makes perfect
57Capitol View: Considering additional education choices
57Dear Fellow Nebraskans: Governor’s Ag Conference overview
56Life in the Rearview Mirror: Invisible scars have lasting effects
56Our View... Preserve Gering’s form of government
56Teen Voice: Lessons I learned from my eight-year-old brother
56From the Superintendent's Desk: Our goal: Improve student performance
56Completely Different: The Hills, part 3: Rediscovering the spirit
56The Good Life: The economic footprint of one small business
56Observations Only: Wilkerson Pass
56Teen Voice: Inspire me
55Our View: Museum merger a good thing, but let’s go slowly
55Teen Voice: March Madness
55Life in the west: Betting on the end of the world
55Timing makes perfect
55From the Superintendent's Desk: Why so soon?
55Teen Voice: An eventful homecoming
55Teen Voice: Outbreak of the Gamers
55Teen Voice: What is love?
55Teen Voice: Hope for a New Year
55Dear Nebraskans: Technology helps serve Nebraskans
55Capitol View: It sounded like a good idea at first
55Capitol View: There was more to the session than just the big ticket items
54From the Superintendent's Desk: State report card
53Our View: Scottsbluff attitude damages future collaborations
53From the Superintendent's Desk: School year now in full swing
53Life in the Rearview Mirror: Life enhancing memories
53Updates from NRD: Happy New Year
52Our view . . .Sports Complex
52Teen Voice: Not according to the plan
52Our View: Extreme caution needed with fireworks
52Our View: Come home to Nebraska, but not just anywhere
52Rural America and immigration reform
52Update from the NRD: March updates from the NRD
52From the Capitol: The conduct we choose reflects our character
51Bright Ideas, Brighter Future: Leaving a Legacy
51Seeing the works of the master
51Practice safe barbecue basics
51Miss Movies: The top ten films of 2012: The year of the geek
50Social time has important benefits
50Permission to remember
50Life in the Rearview Mirror: Is it possible to just drive in the 21st Century?
49My Thanksgiving prayer
49Life in the Rearview Mirror: The cumulative effects of giving
48Greetings from the State Capitol
47Letter to Editor clarifies drug testing policy
47Capitol View: Yes, Virginia, the Legislature has done something, so far
46Bright Ideas! Brighter Future! Common sense prevails
46Teen Voice: Making sense of the Sandy Hook tragedy
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43Our View: Bravo OTD committee
43Our View: County has some ‘splainin’ to do
42Our View: Visionaries wanted
11Curiosity Corner: The Boss of the Plains
9Letter to the Editor
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