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Greeks of Jackson, Mississippi Weigh in On the Greek Crisis, Blame Media

JACKSON, Miss. – Last week The National Herald printed a story on Nia Vardalos’ response to media coverage on the Greek financial crisis. Greek-Americans in Jackson, MS said that the media is partly to blame for the country’s economic problem. Chris Grillis is the son of Greek immigrants.

He inherited their eatery, Lamar Restaurant, in Downtown Jackson and real estate on Patmos. Grillis says it is quite common for Greeks to bequeath property to their children living abroad in the United States.

For most, though, it is a struggle to find the funds to maintain property overseas, so Grillis says that “most Greek kids” have no desire to keep their parent’s property, says the Clarion-Ledger. Grillis, like many others, has had to lower the rent to ensure that he doesn’t lose his tenant in Greece.

He is apart of the many business owners that are keeping an eye on Greece’s economy. Many are expressing serious doubt about a Greek recovery. Grillis is confident the economy will stabilize.

“It’ll take years, but it will be fixed,” says Grillis. He told the Clarion Ledger he believes his relatives will be alright “as long as the tourism is still going,” something Grillis says has been hurt by the media.

“It’s going right now,” said Grillis, “but it’s not good as it should be because of all the news.” Grillis goes on to say the media has wrongly depicted Greece as a madman’s land, with protests and riots spurred by the economic problem. People are still opening up their businesses and going to the beach.

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