http://www.gadcotimes.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Bypass work on track http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/bypass-work-track <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0613 Bypass bridge.jpg" alt="This is a view of where the 1,204-foot bridge will go in the Quincy Bypass. " title="This is a view of where the 1,204-foot bridge will go in the Quincy Bypass. " align="left" hspace="6" width="135" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> Progress on the Quincy Bypass, which will connect State Road 12 to U.S. Highway 90 near Ralph Strong Road and the Capital Regional Medical Center Gadsden Campus, is about 30 percent complete and work on the project is moving at a steady pace, according to Anthony Manos, project engineer.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> &ldquo;Much of the clearing is done about a third of the drainage is complete and about 30 percent of the earthwork has been done,&rdquo; Manos said.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> We are proud of our GEMS Owls http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/we-are-proud-our-gems-owls <p> We&#39;re proud of our Owls<br /> <br /> If they were a sports team there would be a parade, no doubt about it.<br /> <br /> When some entity from a small rural county in the Panhandle, ends up fifth in the entire state of Florida in anything positive, it is big news.<br /> <br /> And even more so when you consider we are talking about high-achieving children in a small local public school.<br /> <br /> Our view: This is Gadsden County's time http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/our-view-gadsden-countys-time As the Great Recession continues with no leadership from Washington D.C. and a state government that seems bent on punishing its own residents, economic growth for Gadsden County will only happen through local leadership, commitment and perseverance. The pursuit of economic development and growth in this current climate is not for the meek or anyone easily discouraged. It will also require an energetic unity, goods lines of communications and wearing one's community pride like a badge. Challenges await Gadsden County's 2011 graduates http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/challenges-await-gadsden-countys-2011-graduates-0 <p> Soon, members of the class of 2011 will step into the world amid optimistic speeches and witty greeting cards. Some will step seamlessly into their next phase in life, be it continuing education or gaining employment. For many, however, the state of the economy and corresponding high unemployment rate will stand as a barrier in efforts to engage society.<br /> It&rsquo;s critical those clutching their new diplomas understand that, by graduating, they have proven something to their family, friends and the world: They are achievers.<br /> Authors visiting library http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/authors-visiting-library <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/BipolarExpress.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="62" height="85" /><p align="center"> <strong>Linger Longer</strong></p> <p align="center"> <strong>AT YOUR LIBRARY</strong></p> <p align="center"> <strong><img height="71" src="file:///Users/patfaherty/Library/Caches/TemporaryItems/msoclip1/01/clip_image003.png" width="67" /></strong></p> <p align="center"> <strong>Dr. Carolyn E. Poole, Director</strong></p> <p> <strong><br /> </strong></p> <p> Congrats, Chattahoochee, there&rsquo;s a triple treat in store for you. Three special authors are coming to town next week.</p> Country Common Sense http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/country-common-sense-0 <p> <strong>March 10, 2011</strong></p> <p> <strong><br /> </strong></p> <p> <strong>To: America</strong></p> <p> <strong>From: Dick (Cowboy) Locke</strong></p> <p> <strong><br /> </strong></p> <p> <strong>Reference: Florida State Hospital, Chattahoochee, Florida</strong></p> <p> <strong><br /> </strong></p> Don't be fooled by the nice weather http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/dont-be-fooled-nice-weather <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; I put off my spring flower planting. It wasn&#39;t easy either.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;I didn&#39;t make the same mistake this year as I did last year. I didn&#39;t let the weather fool me with the few warm days we have experienced in the past weeks. Not that I wasn&#39;t tempted to go to garden shops and bring home a truck filled with tender flowers just waiting for me to put in the ground. Just like babies, they look so cute when they&#39;re little.<br /> Senator’s book deal illustrates ethical void http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/senator%E2%80%99s-book-deal-illustrates-ethical-void <p> <strong>THE ISSUE:</strong> Back-scratching on the taxpayer tab.
</p> <p> <strong>OUR OPINION:</strong> Not acceptable.</p>