By Dave Coulter
A topic of debate and banter over the past couple weeks for E and I has centered around the labor standoff up in Madison. Right off the bat let me say that I'm in support of the workers there. (Caveat: I haven't studied the issues, and I'm sure the residents of Wisconsin could care less about my out-of-state opinions. And I can't really pick on their governor when so many of ours routinely get jailed)
But I must have been thinking about the industrious working folk north of the border when I sprung for some fancy Wisconsin cheese this week. Yes, it's pricey stuff, and yes, I hope it's good, too. A purchase like this is a treat for this small business owner navigating a rough economy. But there is a solidarity among small businesses that I have observed in my life, and I'm happy to allow this chunk of cheese act as my proxy in this fight against the man.
I miss Studs Terkel right now. When he was alive, he would surely have been able to recall the past struggles and bloodshed that workers endured to give us a better life that many take for granted. I may not know my American labor history, but I appreciate the rights and opportunities life in America offers me.
I don't know (or much care) if the cheese from Otter Creek was fashioned by union labor or not. I guess I'm happy to see Americans making cheese - or pretty much anything - these days. I guess what I'm trying to say is when you cut the cheese this weekend, think of America, with pride.
I know I will.
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