This is in response to Bill Bauer’s July 13 columnabout California’s new vaccine law.

Making his point about the value of legally required vaccinations by using public health data is a valid and reasonable argument. His calling those opposed to the measure as “knuckle-draggers who still think the earth is flat” is simply an inflammatory, tacky and irresponsible approach to making a point in print.

Your column is an opinion piece, granted, but take the high road to make your point. I hope you don’t teach such argument-making techniques to your children. Otherwise, they will go into the world spouting opinions without seeking facts to support their opinions — something that goes on enough as it is. Why would you want to contribute to such irresponsibility?

Carol Hastings
Santa Monica

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