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Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 02/22/2011

Md. considers renaming mountains

By Associated Press

A Senate committee is holding a hearing on a resolution to rename two Maryland mountains.

The Maryland Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee is scheduled to hold the hearing on Tuesday. The resolution calls for a commission to rename Negro Mountain and Polish Mountain in Western Maryland.

State Sen. Lisa Gladden (D-Baltimore) is sponsoring the proposal. She says the name has always bothered her because Negro is a term that often has carried negative connotations about African Americans.

But lawmakers from the state's mountainous western panhandle say the bill reflects political correctness taken to an extreme by legislators in Baltimore and Maryland's Washington suburbs.

By Associated Press  | February 22, 2011; 10:54 AM ET
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This is silly. Don't tinker with geographical names, as a feature is givien a name for a reason at the time, and it's not for future generations to change. Localities want to maintain their geographic history.

Posted by: jckdoors | February 22, 2011 12:50 PM | Report abuse

As a second generation Polish American, just leave the name Polish Mountain as is. Our government has much more important matters to deal with than the trivial name changing of a mountain that has been named for over a hundred years. What a waste of our tax dollars. Mike Ziolkowski

Posted by: mikez2 | February 22, 2011 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I find it curious that I would comment on a proposal of legislation to change the names of mountains located in my native state whose existence was completely unknown to me just weeks ago.
I’m fairly certain that this issue has little to do with the mountains or the stories of how they came to be named. I’m lead to conclude that Senator Gladden et al are trying to resolve a problem they perceive to exist that has virtually nothing to do with the history or geography of these locations. That’s bizarre and a little too “revisionist” for my endorsement.
There is no denying that our history is rife with instances of mistreatment resulting from shameful bigotry and a continuous and ridiculously indefensible self proclamation of manifest destiny. Our best intentions will never undo that. So while I would lead the charge to bring to light the true contributions of those who have historically been denied there rightful places in history, I am appalled at the idea of rewriting that history with the notion to have it conform to today’s standards of propriety.
Since this debate has made the news I have read about Negro Mountain and I am especially concerned with the idea of changing the name. Regardless of whatever new name is chosen, I think this new debate will only serve to sully the great history.
Senator Gladden, your intentions may be the most noble, but I would rather you spend your time working toward improvements to our state’s future as opposed to trying to improve on things past.

Posted by: jbhickey56 | February 22, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Only if they change the name of "The United Negro College Fund". If the word is offensive in one context, it is certainly offensive in the other.

Are we going to rename Elkridge because there are no longer elk living there? Do we rename Relay because the tobacco barrels are not relayed from Rolling Road to the ships anymore? My lord, maybe some African Americans actually rolled some of the barrels.

Oh I'm so confused I don't know what to do. Let's just leave it as-is for the sake of history. You know, it might be a way to impart an historical lesson to your children and grandchildren when you drive past the sign. History means something. It is not something to be revised or forgotten.

Posted by: dnha | February 22, 2011 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Polish Mountain...there's gotta be some good jokes that can come out of this one, like "You know you are on Polish Mountain when the local residents use their banjos as pierogi molds"

Please list yours below.

BTW, I have Polish ancestry, so it's OK for me to post this.

Posted by: matt_s | February 22, 2011 2:46 PM | Report abuse

If we rename the mountain, can we use the name of the n____ it was coined from? It was reported (WTOP) that the man's name was Nemesis. That would be an awesome name for a mountain.

Posted by: Falling4Ever | February 22, 2011 3:41 PM | Report abuse

While you're out there, rename Scaggsville, too.

Posted by: daveb59 | February 22, 2011 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Don't out legislators have more pressing matters that they need to be concerned about?

Posted by: ceebee2 | February 22, 2011 5:07 PM | Report abuse

*our*

Posted by: ceebee2 | February 22, 2011 5:15 PM | Report abuse

My Sista, Keep up the good fight. WE did not choose the name "Negro" That was a name imposed on us. I don't know any Black Americans who identify themselves as "Negroes". In 2011 we demand the right to name, identify, and choose for ourselves.

Posted by: frednickens1 | February 22, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Being 1/32nd German, I am very offended by the place name of Germantown and would request that it be changed as well. Also, Sugarloaf Mountain should be renamed Nutrasweet Mountain because sugar isn't good for you.

Posted by: dcar1 | February 22, 2011 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Right on, Sista! As a Male-American, I find the name "Cockeysville" totally offensive as well. It denigrates and objectifies Male-Americans and makes a sick joke out of my essence as a Human-American. I don't see no Vajayjayville anywhere in Murlund, why the double standard? End bigotry now!

Posted by: dumbfatsow | February 22, 2011 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Right on, Sista! As a Male-American, I find the name "Cockeysville" totally offensive as well. It denigrates and objectifies Male-Americans and makes a sick joke out of my essence as a Human-American. I don't see no Vajayjayville anywhere in Murlund, why the double standard? End bigotry now!

Posted by: dumbfatsow | February 23, 2011 12:00 AM | Report abuse

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