Grand Prix no magic wand for Rawlings-Blake

August 09, 2011

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was instrumental in landing Baltimore's first Grand Prix automobile race next month. It's destined to be a great profit-making extravaganza.

But after the last car passes the finish line, the giddiness wanes and we clamber back to normalcy, the myriad problems facing our city will still be there.

A high-profile automobile race will allow local folks only temporary respite from the real issues that somehow just don't seem to go away on their own.

If only Mayor Rawlings-Blake could wave a magic wand like the Good Witch Glinda in "The Wizard of Oz" and eradicate homicides, the homeless situation, gang violence and rampant drug abuse. Then all would be right with the world, or at least in Baltimore.

Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham

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