Letters to the editor, May 1

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Please, kind landscaper, spare these tree branches

To the Editor:

Once upon a time, not long ago, at the M level of 271 Avenue C, there were some three dozen thriving stem rose plants and maybe some four or five dozen gorgeous yellow day-flowering plants. That was, as I wrote, once upon a time — before someone, with authority, of course, ordered that they all be ripped up and replaced with what I can only describe as junk grass clumps — that as of today, April 24, show no sign of life. Hence, what we have now is a rather sickly looking gray patch where for years we had spring beauty.

Further congratulations should be handed out to the contracted scientific-tree-care company, which seems to be just fulfilling the terms of its contract by pruning beautiful live branches with lots of nice green leaves. They were stark white at both ends — no browning, no rotting, no holes, just clear clean wood.

This gets done right out in the open with neither oversight from management nor objection from security.  No “what the %&#@$% are you guys doing destroying perfectly good limbs!”

When I asked an officer about that practice, I was told, “They are experts.” Ok, so the officer was just doing his employer’s assigned work. Got it! And the folks sitting in the sun basking? Well, they were just basking. Got that too!

Just irrational me photographing and barking and utterly ignored.

John M. Giannone, ST

New, yet not improved Post Office

One of the perks of living in the ST/PCV area is the convenience to many things. Transportation, choices of food, shopping, ease of getting around the city. A great perk was having the ST/PCV Post Office on 14th Street between First Avenue and Avenue A. The Post Office was a large facility and at times, it could be frustrating as the lines seemed long, but it did afford many windows and stations to mail and address letters. Sometime in February, the post office moved to the former Duane Reade site on 14th street between First and Second Avenues. They have now been at this location for two months.  The facility is considerably smaller with two windows for service and one window for pickup of packages. This has been poorly thought out, as the area it is servicing is heavily populated by residents living in the surrounding area and also transients working or shopping in the area.

The powers that be have not even taken the time to put signage outside identifying the site or cleaning the large plate glass windows. It is unbelievable  that the federal government would allocate the size of this location which appears to be for a small country town rather than a large urban area. The lines on some mornings stretch out almost to the entrance to the Post Office. I know there is nothing we can do at this point, but what poor planning and how inefficient the powers that be are to have put into place such a small inefficient operation. The federal government has closed many Post Office locations, due to budget problems. It might have been a better idea to not even have opened this poorly planned inefficient location, and have the public use sites, i.e., 23rd Street, 34th Street, Grand Central, all older structures with large spaces that run fairly efficiently and without having customers waiting in long frustrating lines.

Ruth Metz, ST

Time to talk back on frack

To the Editor:

As a follow up to the article T&V published on 2/15/2014, “Fracked off moms deliver Con Ed letter as controversial gas is piped into city,” members of the public are now invited to a public hearing on “Impacts of Radon from Natural Gas on Indoor Air Quality” on Friday, May 9, 10 a.m. at 250 Broadway, 19th floor, in Manhattan.  The hearing is called by the Assembly Committees on Health; Environmental Conservation; Energy; Science and Technology; and Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions.

Radon is described by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as a naturally occurring radioactive gas released in rock, soil and water and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States after smoking. Historically, gas delivered to New York contained low levels of radon due to the half-life of radon and the geographic location of suppliers.  The gas coming from closer shale regions to our kitchens has higher levels of radon according to recent research.

The hearing seeks to “solicit information regarding scientific research and data on the potential impacts on public health and safety linked to elevated radon levels in natural gas and to solicit comment on Assembly bill A.6863-B, which amends the Public Health Law and the Public Service Law in relation to the protection of public health from exposure to radon in natural gas”.  For more information, contact NYH2O (info@nyh2o.org) and Damascus Citizens for Sustainability at dcs@damascuscitizens.org.

Joy Garland, ST

 

Tired of this garbage

May1 Playground garbage

Outside Playground 3

Several months ago I sent the T&V editor a photo similar to this one asking PCVST management to better police the property and aggressively stop this kind of abuse… As you can see, nothing has changed. This is the residue from parties held in Playground 3 in ST. My question is: What is being done to prevent this and what are management’s plans going forward?

Donald Burkett, ST

 

2 thoughts on “Letters to the editor, May 1

  1. You know you’re supposed to cut back bushes and trees, don’t you? Sometimes every season, sometimes every other, depending on the type and age–young trees particularly get cut back in order to get them to grow fuller and more healthy. Hydrangeas and roses get cut practically to the ground and are back up and running by early/mid-summer.

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