For nearly two decades the Marlborough Tavern prospered near the center of town off Route 2. When gas prices spiked several summers ago, business took a big hit.
"It fell right off a cliff. It went down from June of 2008 to July of 2008," Bradley recalled
In many respects businesses are like old people. They are doing fine until they break a hip then they can't quite recover and then pneumonia comes along and kills them.
Along with his co-owner, he put money into the business to keep it afloat for the last three years, but with business down nearly a third it became too much. Bradley says the losses of food after Tropical Storm Irene disrupted his cash flow too much and he needed to shut the Tavern's doors.
The increase in gasoline prices prevented a recovery and like the old person and pneumonia the disaster they could have survived if business had not been bad for three years kills them.
That's about as simple and easy to understand as anything I can think of yet our politicians can't seem to grasp it.
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