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Barbara Lombardo of Saratoga Springs, NY, is a journalism adjunct at University at Albany and retired executive editor of The Saratogian, The Record and the Community News. Follow her on Twitter @Barb_Lombardo.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Cliche contest: How many can you count?

It seems to be a rite of passage for every reporter to cover an event while precipitation was apparent and to tell readers that "rain did not dampen the spirits of ..."
So I realize this is the pot calling the kettle black.
But when this press release came in from Assemblyman Jim Tedisco's office last week, we in the newsroom couldn't help but chuckle over the strained horse racing references. I counted five. How about you?

Approval of VLT operator will boost Saratoga, protect horse racing industry
Statement from Assemblyman Jim Tedisco

“The race to save horse racing in Saratoga and get Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) at Aqueduct Race Course is about to cross the finish line – which is welcome news for taxpayers, the historic Saratoga Race Course, and the entire thoroughbred industry.”

“After being kept at the starting gate for nine years, Saratoga needs this deal to happen and all that’s left is for the Assembly Speaker to pick the horse. We need to make sure that the $25 million that will be set aside from this deal is wisely spent and will keep Saratoga and thoroughbred racing alive and well.”

“Saratogians deserve a big win here and not more scratches.”


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