Letters to the Editor, Feb. 21

Shout out for another small business

Re: Letter, “A standout pharmacy,” T&V, Feb. 7

I, too, would like to join in identifying a neighborhood store that has been in business for several years at 206 First Avenue.

New York City Pharmacy is a family-run neighborhood pharmacy, and I am lucky to have found Ali Yasin, the chief pharmacist, and his sons who work alongside him.

They are all friendly, pleasant and very helpful, and they treat everyone the same, whether you’re a new customer or a customer of many years. Ali, a patient man, is never too busy to answer my questions or concerns I might have and always responds with a caring demeanor and a smile. And there is Andrew, who has store duties in addition to making deliveries, and a helpful young lady who works as a cashier. The store carries many useful items and some items that are regularly on sale or at a discount. It’s always a pleasure to stop by the pharmacy, even just to say hello to Ali and the others.

Evelyn Morris, ST

They plumb forgot my sink repairs

One week ago, I called PCV/ST maintenance department with 3 repair requests regarding my bathroom sink:

1. The sink is backing up (most important);
2. The faucets have somehow become too tight and very difficult to open;
3. The pedestal needs grout reinforcement. I made an appointment for Thursday afternoon.

At about 1:20 p.m. on Thursday, a “plumber” came, but his orders were only to inspect the pedestal, which he did and said it was fine and nothing needed to be done. He said that “even though it wasn’t on his work order,” he would try to fix the rest of the items. He loosened the faucets (they are now backwards, but at least I can open and close them), but said that a special blow gun was needed for the backed up sink and he would alert his office of that. He also said someone would be back after 4 p.m. that day to do the job.

Five minutes after he left, plumber #2 rang the bell. He didn’t know that plumber #1 had just left, he looked at the sink, somehow left a big puddle on the floor, and said this was “a two man job” and he would come back with someone around 4 p.m.

Ten minutes later, plumber #3 showed up, didn’t know that there had been two plumbers here before him, took out the sink stopper and said that this was a two man job which required special tools and permission to enter the apartment that shares the bathroom wall. He would send someone after 4:30 that day.

I told him the people next door work, and thus probably weren’t available. He stated that they can call them at work and ask permission to enter. He cleaned up the puddle #2 had left, and he then left.
Nobody, came, called or fixed my sink. I called today (twice) and finally got the maintenance supervisor. He checked, saw no reference to anyone coming back, but is going to “squeeze me in” today and (because it would be a two man job if they had to go next door) they are coming to remove my entire sink, repair it and return it to me. If I’m not mistaken, this would require two men as well.

There is no rhyme or reason for anything PCV maintenance does, and the purpose of this letter is to let the newspaper and the residents know in case they don’t already know!

Name withheld, PCV

Gun control won’t control much

Re: “It Seems to Me” column with the headline, “Chris get your gun,” T&V, Jan. 17

Here’s an unpopular truth but a truth just the same: No matter what laws are passed or how stringently those laws are enforced, the “wrong people” will always find ways of getting the guns they want.
Sad but true,

Richard Luksin,
Minneapolis, MN

P.S. In your Jan. 24 issue, Sabina Mollot had five articles on Page 1. I think she deserves a raise.

One thought on “Letters to the Editor, Feb. 21

  1. Re: Letter by Mr. Richard Luksin, “GUN CONTROL WON’T CONTROL MUCH”

    Firstly, with a complex problem like gun control, there would be many plans to cut suggestions made — some would offer a degree of effectiveness; some: almost nil. Newton, Aurora. Columbine and etc. get far more attention than the “inner city” carnage where more than 100 times the gun violence actually occurs. Since Sandy Hook, over 1,000 gun killings have ocurred,

    The guns used are the conventional type — rarely the automatic “Bushmaster type.” The main precipitant is the dysfunctional families, dufunctional communities run by women with no or few positive male role models present. This leads to schools which can’t educate and hyper-sexuality displayed by hyper-violence.

    Teachers and unions are blamed — when, in fact the ambiance in these communities precludes
    education and civil behavior.

    When a psychotic kills five year olds it dominates the headlines. When many thousands are
    slaughtered in ghettos we become numb and oblivious to it. One more comment: Austrailia had a severe gun problem 10 years ago and legislation was introduced. At first there was only minor change — but, during each of the succeding years, gun violence decreased significantly. It takes time.

    As far as the “inner city” (a euphemism) problem, most schools need social worker typea to complement the teaching staff and make up for the kids with dysfuctional families and communities.

    David Chowes, PCV

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