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Letter: Speedway, big race not what it used to be

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From: Don O’Rear


Received: March 4

Morton Marcus with his cute style of overview is exactly what’s wrong today. I can’t say it loud enough. Businesses like the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are what this economy needs to survive the onslaught of what I call Obamunism.

I grew up during the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, and I remember this Memorial Day extravaganza called the Indianapolis 500-mile race.

It went for the entire month of May and drew crowds during the month that had to exceed 1 million to 2 million fans coming to Indianapolis with their money, ready to spend on food, lodging, T-shirts and whatever.

During all the years that I can recall, the Speedway never asked for one red dime of help from the city of Indianapolis or Marion County. But guess who collected tax revenue big time?

I know the left wing of this world would like to think they always know better, but left up to Marcus and his ilk, the cars would be split in half to run clockways and counterclockways just to be fair.

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