Cumberland Times-News

February 17, 2013

Many reasons

Here’s your chance to say why you love Maryland


Cumberland Times-News

— Despite its relatively small size — ranking 42nd in the number of square miles — Maryland is one of the most geographically and culturally diverse states in the union.

From the seaside of the Eastern Shore to the mountains of Western Maryland, and the rolling hills and flatlands in between, you can find just about anything you want in The Free State or, what some people refer to as “America in Miniature.”

Whatever our politics or cultural philosophies — and they are just as varied as the landscape — those who live here, or just come to visit, can find reasons to love Maryland.

With that in mind, Gov. Martin O’Malley has launched an online portal where people can share the things they hold dear about Maryland. It’s called the Maryland Love Project.

They can range from Maryland crabs (soft-shell or hard-shell, it’s your choice) to the fact that it is now home to the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.

If your love is for skiing in Garrett County or sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, you can talk about that as well. While the Bay area is known as “The Land of Pleasant Living,” you can find pleasant living all across Maryland.

Going for a walk or bike ride on the C&O Canal towpath between Georgetown and Cumberland certainly qualifies, as does taking in a performance by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Maryland’s history is one of America’s richest. It was one of the original 13 colonies. The resistance of brave soldiers at Fort McHenry in Baltimore inspired the writing of what was to become our National Anthem and provided a turning point that helped to preserve American independence during the War of 1812.

Speaking of history, why is Maryland called “The Free State”? Some believe it’s because Maryland was the only state never to pass an enforcement act supporting Prohibiton.

The Maryland Love Project is a partnership between the state, the Maryland State Arts Council, the Baltimore Love Project and the Digital Harbor Foundation’s STEM Engine program.

You can submit reasons why you love Maryland by tweeting #MDLove or logging onto love.maryland.gov.