Louis Pearl: Strawser should have had adequate funding
This letter is in response The Union Editorial Board’s opinion piece entitled, “Time to put our money where our mouths are.”
On the surface your piece outlines accurately the situation Mr. Duane Strawser currently finds himself in.
It is indeed regrettable that this man worked so hard, so selflessly and finds himself saddled with a $15,000 debt.
This is not something one wants to hear. My heart goes out to him and his family who will have to suffer the loss.
That being said, Mr. Strawser is a businessman who put together a business deal in which he and the city could benefit from its success. It was his responsibility to make sure his project was funded properly and that provisions for funding were in place in case the donations were insufficient and or income projections proved to be over-generous.
Mr. Strawser failed to get adequate funding and hoped revenues would be sufficient to cover all costs. He was wrong.
It is not always good business practice to bet on hopes and dreams. When you do, and you win, it is great. When you bet and lose, you pay the price for being wrong.
I applaud Mr. Strawser for being an entrepreneur. However, it is not my responsibility as a taxpayer to pay when his dreams do not come true.
He placed the bet, he lost, he pays. Next time, I am sure Mr. Strawser will be properly funded before he tries to fulfill any more or his dreams.
One last comment: In my mind, the council made the right financial decision, but they failed as leaders because they could have come up with a plan to help Mr. Strawser pay the debt instead of throwing him under the bike.
Louis Pearl GG lives in Grass Valley.
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