|To the Editor: ‘Business boycott’ questioned|
|Written by Cindy Long|
|Wednesday, 26 June 2013 09:02|
This past spring, BG Schools asked for a levy to pass which you all know caused a great chasm in this community. My grandfather created Long's Dry Cleaners over 76 years ago in Bowling Green. My father has been running it since the 70's and has always shown incredible loyalty to this community and his employees; too many to list in this letter, since taking over. In the past 15 years, the poor economy and changes in peoples' priorities for expendable income along with out of town competitors coming in and taking a portion of the pie; have definitely taken their toll on our family-owned business. This has forced him to consolidate/ liquidate to keep as many employees' jobs afloat as possible, while also working harder and longer hours at age 69 than he has had to for decades. Part of the liquidation included selling his Wooster building-which is where the problem begins. Our business lease owners were actively against this levy and chose, as is their right as building owners, to place signs depicting that in front of all of their properties.
Recently, after around FORTY YEARS of cleaning the BGHS marching band uniforms, my dad received a cancellation notice for the pickup. He called of course to see if there was an issue he was unaware of and never received a return call. A few days ago, he heard rumor of a boycott list that he is told our business is now on due to the building owner's actions against the levy. I must say, as an alumni to BGHS (along with my father, his 3 sisters and his 6 children), I am incredibly disappointed in the lack of loyalty to a locally owned and operated business after being in this community for more than 76 years and always showing support in whatever way we could through fundraising during mine and my siblings years there, sponsoring baseball teams for decades, sponsoring Coats for Kids for decades, as well as innumerable donations since 1937 to other organizations. Not even a phone call back?! The only other choices the band has may be located in Bowling Green but are not based here and have certainly not created jobs and paid taxes/supported this community for OVER 76 years! Please reconsider, as the actions of others do not always reflect the reality of a situation.
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