Opinion & Analysis

  • First Column: A little about me

    My name is Margaret Pascale, I was born and raised in the Lynchburg/Campbell County/Bedford area.
        I am a Brookville High School alumnae as well as an alumnae of Lynchburg College. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Sport Management in May of 2014.

  • Extra Points: Concealed Carry Class

        This past weekend I was able to spend four hours taking a concealed carry class and learned more about having a permit and carrying a gun than I ever thought I needed to know.
        First, let me start by saying I am an avid hunter and have used and been around firearms since I was young. My dad took me out on my first hunt when I was 5 years old and we ended up shooting a beautiful buck.
        My mom and dad also signed up and took the class with me, so we made this a family affair.

  • Between the Lines

    By Tom Wilmoth

        I rarely find myself on the same side of an issue with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but every now and then the ultra liberal Supreme Court Justice gets something right.
        Rarely doesn’t it happen, but this week I found myself cheering Ginsburg on for comments she made to journalist Katie Couric.

  • Extra Points: While I was gone

        After two weeks of not being able to do anything it feels nice to finally be able to get up and about and even get out and about. I am also excited to be back on the field and courts this week and looking forward to seeing some great games.
        I want to apologize to anyone who normally follows me on twitter for play-by-play updates, I have been out with a ruptured appendix but no worries the play-by-plays will continue this week.

  • Extra Points: Approaching October

        Wow, it has been a full year since I started this job and let me just tell you, Bedford County sent me on a ride of a lifetime. Getting to the know the athletes, the teams and the schools has been amazing. Of course, it’s always a pleasure to write about these teams and speak to all the coaches.

  • Extra Points: Sept. 14

        This year’s NFL season started this past week, finally, and there has been a lot of controversy around the NFL players and other athletes who are now choosing to take a knee or sit during the National Anthem.
        While I agree they have every right to do that because the soldiers who have fought, been injured and even lost their lives did it for us to continue to have our freedom. We all have the right to free speech and I think it is good that people exercise their rights.

  • Extra Points: August 24

        The NFL has instituted new rules for the 2016 season - not too many and most won’t really make a difference.
        First, the injured reserve list. Teams no longer have to designate an injured player to return, however if a player is put on the injured reserve they have to stay there for a minimum of six weeks.
        I believe the only change there is players no longer have to be designated to return.

  • Extra Points: August 17

        The summer Olympics have been nothing but amazing this year. So many world records are being set and also a lot of firsts happening in this Olympics.
        During day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympics, Usain Bolt finished first in the 100m, for the third time. The Olympics saw a marriage proposal on the podium at a medal ceremony. The Olympics also handed out its first medals for Golf since 1904.

  • Extra Points: 2016 Olympics

           Wow, that opening ceremony to the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics was more than stunning. The culture, the visuals and the lighting of the torch was just amazing. What a beautiful way to open up one of the most prestigious world athletic events. If you missed it I highly recommend trying to find it on Youtube because it was spectacular.

  • Extra Points

        The New York Giants have picked up another local star, Logan Thomas, in hopes that he will become a true NFL quarterback. Thomas will have a chance to learn under Eli Manning a great quarterback, even though I am not a fan of him.
        Thomas will also get to work along side of Rashad Jennings, a Jefferson Forest graduate. Jennings was recently back in Lynchburg running a youth camp at Liberty University.
    The Jennings family still lives locally which gives him more reason to come back and visit the town he grew up in.