We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
One more example why the NYT is the newspaper of the broken record.
In a trip back to NE, I visited a family friend who runs a maple syrup operation. He has substantially cut down on the amount of wood burned to concentrate the maple syrup by using a high-tech device that filters out most of the water.