The INS people tell me that most people cannot afford the few hundred dollars needed to apply for a green card or for naturalization. Their workload has decreased significantly One result is that we get better, more timely service, and most importantly, there has been a metamorphosis of the INS employees, from grumpy, harried people yelling abuse at non-citizens, to courteous, smiling, helpful staff.
My yard has become enormously popular with the local wildlife. Birds and squirrels congregate around the bird feeder as soon as I fill it up. Am I one of the rare ones who still buy wild bird seeds?