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.
If there's one in your area, I can recommend the Wild Birds Unlimited stores. I've used them in Wisconsin, Illinois and briefly in Colorado over 20 years and found most of the owners knowledgable and smart. We've shifted away from loose feed and towards seed and nut cylinders. The decreased spillage cuts down on rodents and pigeons. Tho nothing's perfect. And grackles I don't need. Too many noisy blackbirds as it is. Safflower deters them.