The statue of former U.S. Chief Justice Roger Taney, located outside of the Maryland State House in Annapolis, was removed overnight.
We do have quite a dilemma here in Maryland, don't we? As we hide the facts of history in the name of political correctness, we face the ultimate irony. Baltimore is named after Cecil Calvert, second Lord Baltimore. In 1663 Charles Calvert, the third Lord Baltimore, had the dubious distinction of being the first to legally mandate in Maryland that once a slave, a slave for life, and the children of slaves also to be slaves for life. Other states quickly followed.
If a mere statue is offensive ("Hogan and Taney," Aug. 21), then we must not allow the city known as Baltimore to continue to honor the very man who legally cemented the institution of slavery in this country.