Whoever writes the story, writes the history. I am so proud of the diverse group of regular contributors that write for the Pleasanton Express.
The Pleasanton Express Opinion pages offer experts and authorities an opportunity to inform, educate, motivate and persuade our readers on opinions and subjects that matter to them. Two new contributors are Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward whose bi-monthly column titled “It’s the Law” premieres today. Senator Pete Flores will begin a weekly column starting this month.
We are always eager to hear from authorities from city and county government, law enforcement, medical, education, non-profits and business who can lend a strong, informed and focused opinion on an issue of relevance. In this world where everybody has a nanosecond opinion to post on social media, our goal is to increase the range of voices and quality of ideas we hear in Atascosa County. The Pleasanton Express Opinion page is a great opportunity for an organization to garner positive publicity for themselves and to perhaps sway public opinion about an important issue. It is a great place for individuals who have become experts because of life changing events – death of a child, caring for elderly parents, living with children with learning disabilities, etc. – to pass along knowledge that can help others navigate through dark and scary times from a trusted member of the community.
This week we have two guest columnists that contributed to our Opinion Page. One is a reprint from the Pleasanton High School’s newspaper The Quill on depression. When I read this column by a friend of mine, Carola Barcomb’s young son, I was so impressed by his writing and courage to help end the stigma about depression. I received permission from him, his mother and The Quill before publishing. Our other guest columnist is Julie Hilberg, Atascosa County Democratic Chair who was a regular columnist along with Marian Knowlton, Atascosa County Republican Chair for three months prior to the General Election. She felt strongly enough about some current political issues that she wrote a letter to the editor. I told her that because she holds a county position it was more appropriate for the opinion page.
If you have an opinion piece you wish to contribute, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Choose a subject that you are an authority on or expert on whether by profession, education or experience. Try to start with a hook to draw the reader into your piece. Like any other piece of writing, your reader is going to make a decision within just a few seconds whether or not the piece is worth reading. Your piece should not exceed 400 words. And about that history part, your opinion piece will be forever in our archives which we keep here at the Pleasanton Express for the public to come view whenever they choose. Our archives go back to 1952.
NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES is the Publisher/Managing Editor of the Pleasanton Express. You may E-mail her at email@example.com.