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November 22, 2018

His neck hurtsRe: “‘Terror movie’ weather feared,” front page, and “Smith named ‘Texan of Year,’” Metro, Tuesday:I got mental whiplash when I read Tuesday’s Express-News.Having written a few letters to the editor about climate change, trying to convince readers it is real and not leftist fearmongering, I was encouraged and saddened to read the front page article by John Schwartz of the New York Times that not only is climate change real, but we have put off action to the point that we can now expect multiple climate disasters occurring at once. And 2018 fires and floods seem to be proof of that.Then the whiplash. On the next page, I read that our Texas Legislative Conference (whatever that is) has decided to honor Rep. Lamar Smith, the premier climate change denier, as Texan of the Year. The ceremony is to be in New Braunfels, my hometown, in March. It will be attended by “presidents, U.S. senators, entertainers, governors, and business icons.”I will be boycotting it (easy to do since I wasn’t invited), and I urge any who have concern for the planet we will leave our children to do the same.Thomas Hoskings, New BraunfelsBelieve you inspireRe: “At community colleges, a revolt,” Another View, by Troy Headrick, Nov. 14:I wish to congratulate Mr. Headrick on the op-ed he wrote. I am one of those who attended a junior college, Texas Southmost College, the only option in Brownsville as Pan American University did not have a campus in the city in the ’60s. I had some of the most incredible professors there, including my English and French professor who inspired me to major in English.If it weren’t for my parents, I would not be where I am today, an educated Hispanic. My father finished the 10th grade when there were only 11 grades. Quite a feat since he lost his mother at 2 and his father at 12. My mother went through the fifth grade, for all intents and purposes a functional illiterate. But both were highly intelligent and valued an education, making sure we stayed in school and graduated. My siblings and I struggled, but we all have college degrees. It is their push and our hard work that allowed our families to be better off economically and inspired our children and grandchildren to do better. Alas, that is not true of so many who were in my situation.I admire your ability and hard work to help those who need the extra push. We are not always aware of who we inspire to do better, but you have to believe that you do. I know. I was in the classroom for 34 years, teaching English and Spanish. So, don’t despair. If you inspire one to go on to higher education, you will have done very well.Evangelina Saenz VeraEnough alreadyRe: “Blue spine on I-35 reveals big voting shift in Texas,” front page, Monday:I am getting tired of reading full-page articles on how the Democrats lost their elections. It reminds me of the 2016 presidential election. Get over it.It is also comical how the Democrats wanted recounts and filed every kind of legal effort to either slow or delay the final decision on who won some elections.Another big article on how Beto lost the election, but paved the way for others to win? Really. Oh, yes, Beto for president in 2020. Bring it on.Marvin Cannon

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