Grand Prix a winner — despite Sun's negativity

September 11, 2011

I have to first say that I do not always agree with Dan Rodricks' position on some issues. In fact, on some occasions, he's set my blood to boil. But that being said, I could not agree more with his recent column on the Baltimore Grand Prix ("Grand Prix gripers: Give a little credit where it's due," Sept. 8).

Since the Thursday before the race, it seemed every issue of The Sun had a "doom and gloom" story that seemed to equate the upcoming event to a plague of locusts. Maybe The Sun should have just run a headline: "We hate auto racing," and let it go at that.

If I were the race organizers, I would truly be wondering if The Sun had not been infiltrated by a Washington Post subversive, trying their best to make Baltimore disappear completely.

My wonderful daughter Lisa, a "Flag Girl," and I attended the Saturday races. Because of The Sun's reporting, I was prepared for a Ravens-style traffic jam, but there wasn't one. In fact, the streets were almost empty, to the point that I was wondering if the race had been canceled.

Not so, and I had a great time.

I was so proud of my city. For once, it was not about murder and mayhem. It showed that Baltimore had the guts to think outside the box and be the only city in the country with a true downtown Grand Prix.

I think the prestige of holding this event in Baltimore far outweighs the profit issue, and those focused on the dollars are being truly shortsighted. On top of it all, not one shooting, stabbing, or robbery occurred, which is more than could be said for the July 4th celebration.

I also watched the TV broadcast and felt the same sense of pride. To hear world-renowned race drivers speak of Baltimore in such glowing terms was truly amazing. The Sun's editors should hang their heads in shame for not supporting the city.

Robert H. Jones, Perry Hall

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