Thank you for Michael Kamber's enlightening three-part series on the ever growing Mexican population in New York City ["Crossing to the Other Side," April 17-May 1]. Perhaps these articles will help grant some dignity to this invisible population whose contributions keep the city running. As a third-generation Chicano enrolled in a Ph.D. program, I stand firmly upon the shoulders of these hardworking people.

David A. Sanchez


Thanks for running Robert Sietsema's "Cheap Chow Now" [May 1], listing the top 100 inexpensive restaurants in New York. The Voice should be proud to have the city's most enthusiastic and intrepid food columnist. Mr. Sietsema's articles have led me and countless friends not only to great restaurants but to parts of this city that we would otherwise not have experienced. His writing does more than just open mouths to new and unusual flavors; it opens doors to the five boroughs of New York City.

Mark Ibold


In "No Rx Required" [April 10], Dave Gilden shows that he misunderstands Biology 101. The human embryo, even at the single-cell stage of fertilization, is not a mere "ball of cells" or a "primitive embryo." In fact, this human being is alive and growing. If this were not the case, she would not be able to create her new home by nestling into her mother's womb at implantation. If implantation fails, the embryonic baby dies. It is abortion if the morning-after pill causes that baby to die. Gilden should be totally accurate when reporting on chemical compounds with the potential to kill people—even when they are young and growing.

Judie Brown, President
American Life League
Stafford, Virginia

Dave Gilden replies: I stand corrected. The single-cell fertilized egg is definitely not a "ball of cells." It is surely something less. That's Mathematics 101. Only the most diehard anti-abortionists assign human life to the tenuous stage immediately after fertilization.

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