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There are ways to remember, without honoring

There are ways to remember, without honoring

Maryland is a first rate state, period.  It is a state that is rich in history and diversity.  Our population, according to the 2016 U.S. Census Bureau report revealed the coexistence of over six million people in our state.  The Bureau’s break down for Maryland in 2016 was 59.3 % White alone, 30.7% Blacks alone, .6% American Indian or Alaska Native alone, 6.6% Asian alone, .1% Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders, 2.8% two or more races, 9.8% Hispanic or Latino. Marylanders’ diversity is evident despite America’s historical lack of recognition of freedom and civil liberties for all.

One of our Marylanders, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice, Roger Brooke Taney, wrote the opinion in the landmark case Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. 393 (1857).  Mr. Dred Scott, was attempting to sue for his freedom in this case. The U.S. Supreme Court of 1857, created the rule of law in the Dred Scott case that slaves could never be free.  The Dred Scott decision led to the four year Civil War of 1861 – 1865 that ended slavery.  To appease the bitter taste that lingered by many as a result of the end of slavery, in 1872, Maryland erected an 83,000 pound statue in honor of Chief Justice Taney and placed it in Annapolis at State Circle. The Dred Scott ruling and the Civil War will forever be a part of American history, consequently there is no need to laud the author of the infamous decision with a seven foot, bronze monument in the name of preserving history.

History, by definition, focuses on past events. It will always be preserved as long as there are writers, artists, musicians, photographers, and orators recording it.  Taney was undeniably a proponent of the destruction of basic civil liberties and an opponent of the diversity that make Maryland the first rate state that it is today.  In 2017, 160 years post the Dred Scott decision, the time has come to take down the lofty Taney statue and other confederate monuments.  When we take them down, we make new history.  It is time to remove Taney’s statue so that as Maryland remembers what was, we have hope for what is to come.

Democratic Central Committee member to run for District 32 House seat

Democratic Central Committee member to run for District 32 House seat

By: Amanda Yeager

Capital Gazette

August 10, 2017

 

Sandy Bartlett has volunteered for a lot of campaigns in her nearly eight years on Anne Arundel County’s Democratic Central Committee. Now, she’s preparing to launch one of her own.

Bartlett, an intellectual property lawyer, and professor from Maryland City filed for a seat in the House of Delegates‘ 32nd district in late June. She’s hosting a campaign kickoff Aug. 23 at the All American Steakhouse in Odenton.

“It may sound cliche, but I believe that I can make a difference,” Bartlett said, and “I feel like I can do that better as a candidate than as a volunteer or as a community activist.”

District 32, which covers northern and western parts of the county — including Jessup, Fort George G. Meade, Severn, Maryland City and Linthicum — is represented by three Democrats: Dels. Pam Beidle, Mark Chang, and Ted Sophocleus. So far, none of the incumbents has announced a decision not to run for re-election, although some wonder whether Sophocleus, 78, will retire when his term is up.