My Letter on Horseracing and Great Barrington Gets Published – But With Unfair Edits

Horseracing Wrongs

As many of you I’m sure know, with the (finally) permanent closing of Suffolk Downs at the end of June, the Suffolk people are trying mightily to pick up at the currently-dormant Great Barrington Fairgrounds next year. And the fight is on. Engaging, I wrote a letter-to-the-editor of The Berkshire Eagle; it was published Tuesday and for that, I am grateful. However, it was slightly altered in wording and significantly altered in facts – all without checking with me first. Here is the letter as it ran:

To the editor:

Regarding the Aug. 11 article “Suffolk Downs likely ‘grandfathered’ at Great Barrington Fairgrounds, but questions remain,” I must object to the characterization of racehorse death as “occasional.” As one of the nation’s foremost experts on racehorse deaths, I can state unequivocally that nothing could be further from the truth.

Through our unprecedented Freedom of Information Act reporting, Horseracing Wrongs…

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