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Funeral processions: Time for the out-dated practice to end

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Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 8:15 am

I like to think reasonable ideas, even small ones, catch on and have a large aggregate effect when most people adopt the idea. Driving a little less, lowering the heat and raising the cooling temperature in one's home, and sharing an oversized restaurant meal with a friend are all examples of small changes that have measurable effects in the aggregate.

A couple of weeks ago, as I sat for nearly 15 minutes at the McClintock and Southern intersection - waiting for a long automobile funeral procession to pass - I concluded these processions are passé, wasteful, and counterproductive. The time has come to stop encouraging these processions. Mourners may still attend memorials at funeral homes, churches, and/or place of internment. They may still eulogize the departed. At the same time, the rest of us can also go about our daily lives as usual. A side benefit is that the authorities will pay fewer officers for funeral duty, opening more time to devote to fighting crime.

Up the procession-less funeral.

William Stock

Tempe

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