Letter to the Editor: Birds, engineers asking questions

A hummingbird, with bright ruby throat, just tapped on the kitchen window. It seemed to say “Hi, we are back so get out the feeders. And remember it is one part sugar and four parts hot water to mix then cool it before putting it in feeders.” Some might say that there are a lot of flowers on trees and plants so feeding hummingbirds is not needed. But, what are we to do when they tell us that they would like to be fed?
So, what else can we do, Especially when George the bird is back for the 4th year in a row?  He is the one in summers past who tapped on the window when the feeders ran dry.
Meanwhile, in Middlebury, with the railroad bridges, has there been an engineering study of MTF (Meantime to Failure)?  Or, how soon can we expect them to collapse?  Which produces the next question: when one collapses under a heavy LP gas truck, how long will it take to get organized with all the different options, to get going on replacing a bridge then, and then to get it done and traffic going?
Peter Grant

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