http://www.gadcotimes.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Along Twin Ponds Road http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/along-twin-ponds-road-27 <p> &ldquo;What I really get a kick out of is that they call their high school mascot, the &lsquo;Syrupers,&rsquo; or something like that. Doggonest thing,&rdquo; my neighbor, Stan, laughingly shared with me.<br /> Stan and his smallish dog, Reggie, were heading up the street we both live on, Fantasy Way. My Yorkie, Nick, and I were headed toward them.<br /> It was early afternoon; we paused to converse.<br /> This gentle, elderly man&rsquo;s habit, whenever encountering me, was to say something short and sweet. He always wore a smile and made me feel good.<br /> '42' http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/42 <p> Watching the movie &ldquo;42&rdquo; a few nights ago was good for my soul and reminded me of how much we need more movies or TV shows that inspire us with heroic deeds performed by true and deserving heroes.<br /> Most baseball fans, no matter how old, will recognize 42 as Jackie Robinson&rsquo;s number when he played with the major league Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team.<br /> It is the only number that has been permanently retired by all major league baseball teams.<br /> Civil rights hero’s legacy continues to inspire http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/civil-rights-hero%E2%80%99s-legacy-continues-inspire <p> In the wake of the horrific murderous attacks in Paris, and in recognition that terrorism in all its forms must be condemned, it&rsquo;s important to honor leaders who use non-violent means to reach needed<br /> societal reforms.<br /> &nbsp;In anticipation of the Monday, Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Day celebration, I&rsquo;m pleased to share this personal reflection. &nbsp;<br /> Grace Notes http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/grace-notes <p> By Nancy Kennedy</p> <p> Special to the Times</p> 4GEN Journal http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/4gen-journal <p> &nbsp;Traditionally a day when we honor our mothers &mdash; in person, by phone, with a card or flowers, over a meal, or, as for me, in memory &mdash; Mother&rsquo;s Day also provides us an opportunity for reflection.&nbsp;</p> 4GEN Journal http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/4gen-journal-0 <p> &nbsp;Traditionally a day when we honor our mothers &mdash; in person, by phone, with a card or flowers, over a meal, or, as for me, in memory &mdash; Mother&rsquo;s Day also provides us an opportunity for reflection.&nbsp;</p> 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 />