Friday letters: Let market guide casket choices

May 10, 2013 

— As someone involved in three funerals of family members in the past few years, I would like to commend Gere Fulton for coming to the defense of the gentleman who is trying to build simple, inexpensive caskets for direct sale to the public (“Circling the hearses,” May 2).

A casket is usually the most expensive item in the package of funeral goods and services. While families express different values in their funeral choices, I believe that most would prefer not to pay thousands of dollars for a container that will be buried in the ground and, one hopes, never seen again.

There is no legitimate reason for the state to restrict the sale of products when health and safety are not at issue. Let’s have a free market in caskets.

Overton G. Ganong

Columbia

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