Fluoride Vs. Pyrethrin
Those of you that have been reading the Sacramento Bee lately know there's been an ongoing controversy over spraying areas around Sacramento for control of mosquitos in hopes of reducing the incidence of West Nile Virus.
The first two letters to the editor of The SacBee today argue two different sides of the issue. This is one of those where I find my feelings conflicted. One one hand I oppose the fluoridation of drinking water since I see it as forced medication, or treatment. On the other hand I don't have a problem with judicious use of aerial spraying to control mosquitos.
Here's a SacBee article that describes the pesticides being used and some comments from various sources on the problems involved. I don't find the arguments against pyrethrin or PBO all that compelling although they do raise valid concerns. I don't find arguments for or against flouride all that compelling, either, yet I oppose water flouridation and don't seem to have much problem with spraying pyrethrins.
What's the difference, from a libertarian standpoint, between fluoridating water and aerial spraying of insecticides? I'm not sure but I think there is one.