Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Side effects of the recession

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?

9 comments:

  1. So the poor should be discouraged from citizenship?

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  2. Obviously. Remember: Money is the ultimate value!

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  3. The restaurant on the ground floor of the office tower where ICERM is located is overpriced.
    Are they going to reduce their prices anytime soon ?

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  4. Pascal: wait. Are you the Pascal I know in Providence? I thought you were a Pascal I know in France. That changes everything! I guess I should re-read all your comments and see if I react differently to them!

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  5. If you have your own yard, i recommend growing your own food. it's the best way to prepare for a coming depression.

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  6. If you think it's bad now, wait 2 years from now. The Fed is printing money like crazy. This is going to make food prices skyrocket.

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  7. It's sad, the recession is really effecting people. At least your office seems happier and less stressed out.

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  8. It's now 2012 ..how has your office been lately? Are you experiencing even less applications for green cards?

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  9. Why would you be the only person that buys wild birdseed? What does that have to do with the green card issue at your office. how are things now as we have not had any recovery in the economy. Are you birds still getting fed? i hope so!

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