Noel Wilkerson Holmes

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Whether you like Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, or not, he is still the approved U.S. government spokesman and authority on COVID-19. On Monday, Dr. Fauci, said that the default position with K-12 schools should be to reopen them stating the obvious that officials need to proceed with caution and make safety […]

Letters to the Editor

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For the history of newspapers, until the internet hit and then until Facebook owned what seems every single human on earth’s attention, Letters to the Editor, were the first thing (well, after obits) that most every reader turned to when they picked up their paper. In the world of Facebook jail and blocking friends whose views don’t agree with yours, […]

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I think the word that would most convey the collective emotion of children returning to school amidst a pandemic would be “agony.” The dilemma over opening schools has been the hot, heated and heartwrenching topic for months now. It is an agonizing and daunting choice. City, state and county leaders across the U.S. wrestled with the question: whether and how […]

Be a hometown hero. Shop local.

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We all have a duty to our local community to help create and sustain a vibrant and safe place to live, work and play. Thriving communities happen through the smallest of everyday decisions, especially when it comes to the businesses we support. Every time you decide to spend locally, you create a wide ripple impact. There is a growing trend […]

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This weekend, I gave myself an early break to go with my husband and marry two of our best friends in Fredericksburg. Instead, I spent the weekend experiencing the saddening news of the death from the effects of COVID-19 to David Prasifika’s life and the life of Desiree Anger. In the newspaper world, as a publisher and owner, you do […]

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According to the Bloomberg report: Mark Zuckerberg just became $7.2 billion poorer after a flurry of companies pulled advertising from Facebook Inc.’s network. Shares of the social media company fell 8.3% on Friday, the most in three months, after Unilever, one of the world’s largest advertisers, joined other brands in boycotting ads on the social network. Unilever said it would […]

How does your garden grow?

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Is there anything better in the world to eat than a tomato picked fresh from the garden? I am a tomato fanatic. I eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner and in between, too. My favorite is picked straight from the garden with a bit of salt. I eat it like an apple. My second most favorite is sliced thin […]

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In the 1950s, Rev. Billy Graham was appalled at what he saw at his Evangelical Crusades in the South – ropes segregating white and black worshipers. Rev. Graham boldly took down the ropes himself after an usher refused to do so. This stand led to his close friendship with the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1955, Rev. Graham invited […]

There’s no place like home

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I love this issue of the Pleasanton Express that shines the spotlight on Atascosa County and McMullen County graduates. This year we have dedicated the entire issue to the seniors of 2020 who have shown exceptional resilience at their young age. One of the school’s featured in our Salute to Seniors Graduation tab stated that their school song is “Hell […]

Eight minutes and 46 seconds

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I am sad. I need to only speak my truth. It is ok to support Black Lives Matter and the police simultaneously. George Floyd, who was suspected of purchasing products with a counterfeit $20 bill, did nothing to warrant dying in the manner he did. No police I have ever known would allow his death to happen this way. I […]


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