I was disappointed in your decision to publish two letters in the April 16 issue wherein two residents give their opinions about scientific issues. Our best and brightest have spent their lives researching both climate change and vaccines. The climate is changing and humans are responsible, regardless of what Mr. Cottrell’s “common sense” tells him. Common sense is not always correct. That is why we rely on the rigors and pathways of science to answer our questions about the human condition and the planet we inhabit. In another letter, Ms. Cecil gives us her opinion about vaccine safety. It is well-recognized that vaccines are one of science’s greatest contributions to health. There is, of course, potential for side effects for anything we ingest or any treatment or prophylactic treatment we undergo, but the extremely small risks of vaccination are overruled by the benefits of not having to worry about the scourges of lethal and debilitating illnesses of the past.
Daniel Frick, M.D., Fishers.