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Letters are posted as we receive them during the week, and before they are printed in the paper, so check back frequently to see new letters. If you'd like to send a letter to the editor, follow this link, or email your letter directly to mail@austinchronicle.com. Thanks for your patience.

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What About 'The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance'?

RECEIVED Mon., Feb. 18, 2013

Dear Editor,
    Regarding Glenn Frankel's book [“Searching for Cynthia Ann,” Screens, Feb. 15] and your 1993 review of The Searchers [Film Listings, 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.
Terry Schnell

SXSW Music List in Excel

RECEIVED Mon., Feb. 18, 2013

Dear Editor,
    This is the second time in two years that I've asked for a list of the South by Southwest bands in Excel (or any electronic) format, only to be told that there is no such list available to me. Instead, they recommend I use the online tool to create a schedule. The problem with the online tool is that I can't keep an ongoing list of bands that I have researched, nor can I schedule first, second, and third picks for any one time slot, should my first or second choice be full. I can only click on a band to add to my schedule. In other words, the tool is mostly useless to me, and user feedback is discouraged.
    I will have to spend hours just creating the list, not to mention the tens of hours spent actually researching the bands. Please reconsider making the list of bands available in electronic format. Since I research every band that will be coming to town, you'll be doing me and the visiting bands a huge favor. Also, please consider asking the bands to put their music on MySpace. Facebook doesn't work well and record label and band pages often make finding the music to review difficult and time consuming, and some bands want to sell the music before you've even had a chance to hear it. Thanks in advance for your consideration.
Edwin Reinhold

Environment Should Be Everyone's Concern

RECEIVED Sat., Feb. 16, 2013

Dear Editor,
    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.
Taylor Weese