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The Grave Consequences of Burying Competition
Posted By Don Boudreaux On August 13, 2010 @ 1:01 pm In Competition,Legal Issues,Regulation,Video | Comments Disabled
Here’s a letter to USA Today:
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 12).
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.
Donald J. Boudreaux
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 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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NxtGzsGtJc
 In defense of monks and free enterprise: http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/2010-08-10-bullock12_st_N.htm
 When my mother died in 2008: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/opinion/columnists/boudreaux/s_559399.html
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