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KEN GRASSI: Thanks for hanging in there

Letter by Kent Rivers, Fife on July 12, 2012 at 9:38 am with 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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  1. Amen:)

  2. LeePHill says:

    It takes a lot of income to owe $71K in income taxes.

    Manage your affairs.

  3. tree_guy says:

    It takes a lot of income to owe $71K in income taxes. leePhill

    Read more here: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/letters/2012/07/12/small-business-owner-in-the-stae-of-washington/#comments#storylink=cpy

    Where does it say that the taxes owed are INCOME taxes?

  4. philichi says:

    The small business owner should be a protected species. However, our state and nation abuses them. They get tortured by every government agency. They have to listen to President Obama treat them like criminals, and they have to pay taxes to the City, County, State and Nation. In this environment who would open a business?

    This is why we have an 8.2% unemployment rate.

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