Published Jul 1, 2006 12:00 AM

April 2006 issue

Eli Raine '06 - Los Angeles

I'm a student at UCLA and read your online articles frequently. Although I feel for the lives of the desperate folks who come to America ["Hard Labor," April 2006], I feel that the issue's main negative aspect has been ignored by your article and the media in general. What about crime? My best friend was struck by a vehicle driven by an intoxicated illegal immigrant from Mexico four years ago. One of my best friends in high school was gang-raped by several guys who were all here illegally (to sell marijuana, it was determined later). If we don't secure our borders and carefully document the folks who come in, then terrible stuff like that can happen. I am not a racist. (My stepfather was Salvadoran, also killed by an illegal immigrant — no, I'm not kidding.) But I do feel that having a large, undocumented and essentially invisible society within our own greatly curtails law enforcement.

Celine Gray '89 - Danville, CA

Loved your article on Wooden/Field! My daughter is a gymnast, and we are huge Wooden fans.

Graham Houghton M.A. '70, Ph.D. '81 - Cambridge, New Zealand

I have just been reading the UCLA Magazine, April 2006. What encouraging stories. They brought back all kind of treasured memories, so much so that after all these years I decided I must say 'thank you' to UCLA for a whole host of wonderful and life-transforming experiences. I believe when I enrolled for my M.A. in late 1969 there were only two New Zealanders on the campus. And I arrived having been a Christian missionary working in theological education in India. The self-confidence I was able to cultivate at UCLA, plus walking through such an impressive campus each day on my way to Bunche Hall, all served to encourage me to think new thoughts. ... Where I have been on assignment, whether in Beijing, India, Australia or New Zealand, the word 'UCLA' settles any questions of academic excellence. I'm thankful for the honour of being able to say 'I did my work at UCLA.'

Michael Ernstoff - Los Angeles

The Hydrogen Highway article on page 35 [of the April issue] provides an example of how an incomplete examination of the facts distorts what otherwise seems like a balanced factual presentation. The author's explicit statement that 'hydrogen vehicles don't pollute at all' communicates the bias[ed] view that hydrogen-powered vehicles are the solution to automobile air-pollution problems, whether it was or was not the intention of the author. The truth is that hydrogen-powered vehicles merely shift the location of the polluting source from the tailpipe of the vehicle to the facility that makes the hydrogen. If that facility is dependent on polluting fossil fuels to provide the energy needed for hydrogen generation, then contrary to what is stated, hydrogen-powered vehicles are not pollution-free.

Timothy Mulvihill - Newport News, VA

I recently formed an online support group for [sufferers of] Devic's disease and their caregivers. We have 60 members from different countries and I was hoping you would post our Web site for anyone that might like support [“Where Stem Cells Stand,” January 2006].

Candice Ota '73 - Los Angeles

Nice article on the Wooden-VKF interview ["The Wizard and the Miracle Worker," April 2006]. ... My freshman year was Lew Alcindor's last, and my last year was Bill Walton's first. What a great time to be a basketball fan. ... Overall, I like combining the two magazines. Before, I skimped on reading one and put off reading the other.

Bianca Castillo - Dinuba, CA

"I love your softball program. YOU GUYS ARE MY FAVORITE. I'm an 8th grader. I'm going to be a freshman next year but I want to go to your college to play softball and major in law."