On my dad’s side, my ancestors came to Wisconsin in 1823 to mine lead near Mineral Point. My mom’s people arrived a decade later, settling in Wyoming Valley.
I was raised with an outsized regard for Wisconsin, by a mother who made sure we never passed a Wisconsin historical marker without stopping.
So when I say that I have never been prouder of my state than I was last week, when workers rose up to challenge Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to strip unions of their collective bargaining rights, it is in that context.