highgate cemetary, LondonGreat to know that even at death, they take your life blood away. Vic

Bury monopolists.

13 August 2010

Editor, USA Today

Dear Editor:

Kudos to Scott Bullock, Jeff Rowes, and their colleagues at the Institute for Justice for defending the right of monks at St. Joseph Abbey in Louisiana to sell caskets– and, hence, for defending the right of people to buy caskets from whomever they please ("In defense of monks and free enterprise," August 13).

I have personal evidence that Louisiana's requirement that all caskets be bought from a licensed funeral director is simply meant to protect funeral directors from competition.

When my mother died in 2008, a friend recommended that we bury her in a casket from St. Joseph Abbey. While making arrangements at the funeral home– but before we mentioned an Abbey casket to the funeral director– my family and I were shown several caskets that the home offered for sale. All were pricey. When we finally mentioned that we were considering a casket from St. Joseph Abbey, the funeral director suddenly remembered that he offered some less expensive caskets. Only then did he show us his more competitively priced models.

Sincerely, Donald J. Boudreaux

Professor of Economics

George Mason University





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