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Regarding Glenn Frankel's book [“Searching for Cynthia Ann
,” Screens, Feb. 15] and your 1993 review of The Searchers
, Oct. 1, 1993], my two cents: The Searchers
, while arguably John Ford's most perfect film (if you can tolerate the perfunctory teen romance thread), is one of his least personal, although his overlooked less personal projects like Three Godfathers
are among his best. I elevate Liberty Valance
as Ford's masterpiece, the summation of Ford's cinematic career, the final celluloid chapter of Ford's visual meditation of traditional family values set against American history from the Mohicans to Boston City Hall. That Liberty Valance
opens with John Wayne's death as imagined by the man who created Wayne's screen persona before revising the personal themes that permeate Ford's cinema, the film clearly surpasses The Searchers
in depth and nuance.
I enjoyed reading "Bill of the Week: Changing the Climate
" [Newsdesk blog, Feb. 9] last week and have been thinking about the controversy behind the bill since. Growing up as a military child, I've been exposed to many extremes. In 2006, I made the move from Anchorage, Alaska, to San Antonio, and couldn't believe the difference between the two environments. Of course, the temperature change was a shock, but I soon noticed a dramatic difference in the quality of the land. Alaska is considered "The Last Frontier," something that is heavily protected and admired, so you can imagine my dismay when I stumbled into this cycle of severe droughts, brushfires, and overall devastation. Reading your article, I felt a little confused as to why this is still a debated topic to our political leaders. Whether politicians believe in climate change or not, why is it such an issue to survey local land and improve our nation? With a state as large and valuable as Texas, I would believe an item like this would pass with flying colors. It is a shame that isn't the case, but I'm glad this bill was brought to my attention through the Chronicle
. Perhaps with a little more public support, we can get things moving.