Windows present a hazard to visiting birds
Today a sizable number of migrating birds visited Stuyvesant Town. Unfortunately, I found a deceased Black-throated Green Warbler. The bird had collided with a glass window.
We are losing billions of birds to glass fatalities. Many of the birds are insectivores and also consume other invertebrates such as ticks. They serve us well by eating vast numbers of mosquitoes and other insects we try to control with toxic pesticides.
Their numbers are declining because of habitat loss, pollution, including pesticides, feral cats, incorrect lighting on cell-phone towers, deforestation and glass collisions.
Is this acceptable? People were looking sadly at the beautiful bird.
We can help by keeping our shades drawn whenever we can and keeping our screens on our windows. If you see a deceased bird you can take a picture and send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the location.
Anne Lazarus, ST
Dog owners can control pets if they want to
Re: Letter, “Barking up the wrong tree on noise complaints,” T&V, Sept. 25
Sorry to hear that Marcia Robinson has to endure the noise of barking dogs at all hours, thus further lowering the quality of life here in PCVST. I can sympathize because I am forced to listen to my neighbor’s dog crying and howling whenever his mistress is not home, which is all day and many evenings.
If dog owners wanted to show consideration for their neighbors, they could learn several techniques to stop their dog’s barking, howling, etc. Of course, this would take a little work and having observed how owners permit their dogs to poop, pee, bark and howl whenever and wherever the animal chooses, I’m not convinced that they are willing to do this work. It’s much easier to switch roles and let the dog be the master.
But on the chance that they want to train their dogs, I suggest they check out TV’s Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan, who has advice on preventing dogs barking at cesarsway.com. It’s excellent advice, of course, for Millan knows what he’s talking about, and it’s something that could easily be accomplished if owners are willing to spend the time necessary to train their dog. And, guess what, the dogs will love it because they want to follow a leader.
And so do we.
It would be wonderful if we had leaders in a country which has laws requiring some education and a license to drive a car; to own a pet, unfortunately, or raise a child or own/fire guns or buy a politician or get drunk, nothing is required but money. Think I’ll have a beer.
John Cappelletti, ST
Silent golf cart sneaks up on pedestrians
To the editor:
Are there other seniors who, while walking along Avenue C between 14th Street and 23rd Street, have been terribly frightened when a noiseless club car comes from behind them on the public sidewalk and passes them, inches away on the right or left side?
The driver is going at such a good clip that he is immediately too far away to hear any expression that might convey our feeling about this event. Many of us are still able to walk without canes but no longer have the sense of balance that might keep us from one side to the other as we make our way forward.
The fright that we get from these noiseless motorized vehicles comes from suddenly realizing how grievously injured we could have been from not knowing what was approaching us from behind. Age also impairs our hearing and the drivers of these vehicles need to be reminded that most seniors cannot hear what they hear.
Management could help the drivers learn to behave in a kindly fashion. Management might also avoid a tiresome lawsuit if it would remind every driver to make some sound from far enough away so that we could know to take a little precaution and not be left shaken and angry. Thank you for considering this problem.
Thanks for insight on conversion
To the Editor,
Many thanks to Floyd Smith (Sept. 25 letter, “Conversion would allow NYU students to buy”) for his excellent and informational letter explaining all aspects of conversion and related matters.
It should be required reading for all tenants.
John Duffy, ST