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KEN GRASSI: Thanks for hanging in there

Letter by Kent Rivers, Fife on July 12, 2012 at 9:38 am | 4 Comments »
July 12, 2012 9:49 am

Re: “UP mayor owes $71,902 in back taxes” (TNT, 7-9).

I am also a small business owner, and I can relate and sympathize with Ken Grassi struggling to keep his business surviving in this state.

Unless you are employed by the state or your local government that offers full-time benefits, medical insurance, etc., a small business like the Grassis’ has very little chance of surviving, especially in these rough economic times.

I have never met the Grassis or, as far as I know, even patronized their floral shop. What I do know is this: theirs is a small business trying to survive. My hat is off to Grassi for keeping his 22 people employed and for not taking the easy bankruptcy way out.

Small businesses are a vital asset for this country, and businesses like Grassi’s Flowers & Gifts need our support. I thank the Grassis for contributing to our economy and for hanging in there.

(Rivers owns Allied Electric Corp. in Fife.)

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