An Independence State of Mind: a View of Scotland’s Big Decision From Edinboro, Pa.

Belfast City councilor Ruth Patterson joins pro-Unionist supporters in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as part of a nationwide campaign in the U.K. on Sept. 17, 2014, ahead of the referendum on Scotland's independence. (Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images)
Belfast City councilor Ruth Patterson joins pro-Unionist supporters in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as part of a nationwide campaign in the U.K. on Sept. 17, 2014, ahead of the referendum on Scotland's independence. (Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images)

In my younger years, I would’ve jumped at the chance to vote “Yes” for Scotland’s independence, and even wrote a poem to that effect: Tree...

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