Letter: Anti-vaccine letter should have been advertisement


I’m surprised that you published an advertisement in the form of a “letter” from an anti-vaccine advocate. Despite your links to CDC and other government data, the letter should have appeared in your advertising section as a paid insert.

Anyone may offer an opinion in a letter or editorial, but selling products or services in the guise of an informational letter is not appropriate. I’m sure many of your advertisers will be thrilled to learn about this new no-cost way of advertising.

The data point out that adverse effects from flu vaccines are extremely rare considering the number of doses given, and that thousands die each year from the flu. I would add that “no medical procedure in the history of medical procedures has ever been proven completely safe or effective.”

– Dan Oppenheimer, Former Taos resident