Baltimore's leaders veer off-course, again

I guess we should be used to the ongoing incompetence and mismanagement that is Baltimore City, but it certainly is a depressing spectacle to watch our city "leaders" stumble from one screw-up to the next. I was thrilled when we finally got a first-class race event (for Americans, anyway) with the Baltimore Grand Prix, and I was looking forward to a long run as a successful race venue with other famous racing venues like Long Beach and Montreal.

But leave it to the incompetent half-wits down at City Hall to pull the plug just when the ball finally started rolling ("City moves to replace Grand Prix of Baltimore," Sept. 20). Didn't we hear a million times that the first three seasons were the foundation and after that we would begin to see a profit? Were the ones doing the talking even paying attention to what they were saying? Because here we are, ready for year four and for the profits to finally start flowing, after pumping millions of dollars and countless hours of work into this project and — whoops — like Rick Perry's presidential aspirations, it's all gone right down the drain.

Way to go Baltimore! You shot yourself in the foot again, as usual.

It would almost be funny if it weren't so pathetic. I know people love to compare Baltimore to Detroit, but at least Detroit was able to run a successful street race for the last 30 years. We can only wish our "leaders" were half as competent as the ones in Detroit.

William Smith, Baltimore

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