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Grand Prix of BaltimoreStephanie Rawlings-Blake

Thanks for publishing David Troy's recent commentary regarding the Baltimore Grand Prix ("Secrecy masked Grand Prix's failure," Jan. 4). There are many of us who could not understand why more investigation was not carried out by the media during the long build-up to the race. Those of us who did speak up were labeled "naysayers" and castigated as "outsiders" as a result.

The current mayor does not tolerate opposing opinions. This is why we need a strong press that is capable of challenging her when she is not forthcoming. I don't think that it was fair for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who pushed so hard to have this event, to back out of the limelight and let others take the heat now.

Where is the "mea culpa" before moving on to the next project? There is still time for the press to look further into the Grand Prix. I would start with the millions of dollars in road construction and repair money that was diverted into making this project work.

Raymond D. Bahr, Baltimore

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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