Whitney: Tell coronavirus vultures to stop circling
Maybe it's time to talk about coronavirus vultures.
Two days ago I received a self-promoting letter in the mail from a mortuary asking me to fill out a survey comprised of 19 questions. The questions varied from my age to how much experience I have had in arranging funerals, how much I expect to pay for a funeral, how important the location of the funeral home and cemetery might be, if I have life/funeral insurance and whether I have a will etc.
The letter ends with "If this letter reaches you at a time of illness or loss, please accept our sincerest apologies." After two pages of a total attempt at an invasion of my privacy, and to attract business, these apologies are way too late.
Here's another one. I have taken allergy tablets for several years — same brand with very little difference in price. Imagine my surprise when I had the need to purchase these same tablets, for which I normally pay between $10-$15, and now must pay $29 at a local pharmacy.
Then today in the mail, I received a "Free Gift to Senior Citizens Ages 50 to 85" which was comprised of "2020 Benefit Information for Oregon Citizens Only." This benefit would pay 100 percent of all funeral expenses up to $35,000 and is "tax-free" for Oregon residents.
Taking advantage of this gift would involve me giving my name, my
spouse's name, both our ages and our phone number to: DIRECT PROCESSING CENTER IN BOISE, IDAHO for which I will receive a free copy of the Memorial Guide Book. Wow!! Am I ever excited.
How disheartening this type of chasing the almighty dollar has become in this time of worldwide tragedy. Doctors, nurses, health care providers, paramedics, fireman and police are all putting their lives on the line to protect us. Because of an ineffective response by the federal government to this emergency, these heroes do not even have the equipment needed to do that for which they have been trained.
There are those persons locally who are making masks, making food deliveries, offering contributions to help those in need. They are not asking for reimbursement or even acknowledgment. They are just doing whatever they can to help.
While the vultures circle.
And last but not least in this tirade of disappointment: who made the declaration that liquor and marijuana stores are necessary for human survival of this pandemic?
Nancy Whitney, St. Helens
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