No singing of state song at the Preak­ness Stakes

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

Three cheers for Speaker Adri­enne A. Jones for be­ing the first state leader that I can remember to pub­licly pro­claim that she will work to re­peal our pro-Con­fed­er­ate state song “Mary­land, My Mary­land” (“House of Del­e­gates Speaker Jones: Civil War-themed state song, ‘Mary­land, MyMary­land,’ needs to go,” June 23).

While it will take a law to erase the song from our state code, Gov. Larry Ho­gan doesn’t have to wait for that glo­ri­ous day to ar­rive be­fore he can take ac­tion that would be­gin to put Mary­land on the right side of his­tory. He could request that the song not be sung at the Preak­ness Stakes horse race this fall. Per­haps only an in­stru­men­tal ver­sion of the tune could be played.

Any­thing, even a mo­ment of si­lence, would be bet­ter than hear­ing that dark dirge belted out one more time on na­tional tele­vi­sion.

Sean Tully, Bal­ti­more

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