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Baltimore's IndyCar boondoggle

It's high time Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake came clean and admitted what a boondoggle the Baltimore Grand Prix has been ("Grand Prix 2014? Not so fast," Sept. 8).

I believe the time is perfectly appropriate to cut ties with this "Grand Spree." Hat trick, three and out.

It's funny, but I did not hear any attendance figures for the race this month. Could it be it's an embarrassment to our mayor?

It always boils down to priority issues, and how the city will either benefit or suffer from the choices made. My plea to the mayor is to admit that the whole foray into open-wheel IndyCar racing was a mistake. It is simply not in the cards that we are an IndyCar city.

Kudos to writer Beth Hawks for her enlightening entrepreneurial perspective on the Grand Spree. I can think of a dozen or more pressing issues that need to be addressed immediately. The Next Great Baltimore Event can certainly wait.

Madam Mayor, it's time to swallow your pride and move on to some of the more immediate issues facing our beleaguered city.

Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham

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