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.)