Sunday, September 18, 2022

The Mosquito-Insecticide Complex

Smoke'em if you got'em, soldier.
In his farewell speech, President Eisenhower famously warned against a toxic relationship holding a vice-grip on industry and government:
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the mosquito-insecticide complex.
Eisenhower's farewell address
The toxic relationship, known as the Mosquito-Insecticide Complex, binds the interests of government offices with insecticide manufacturers and dispensers.

And 60 years later, the Mosquito-Insecticide Complex is as toxic as ever in Lake County.

The Southlake Mosquito Abatement District is a taxing body in Lake County with a Board of Trustees and no employees. All tax dollars collected are given to Clarke Mosquito, a private extermination company.

Attempts to dissolve the Southlake Mosquito Abatement District so far have failed:
“We do not want our mosquito abatement district to be disbanded like the Lake Bluff one was,” Southlake Mosquito Abatement District Board President Barbara Struthers said.
Southlake Mosquito Abatement District Board members take issue with proposed appointee
Make no mistake, the Mosquito-Insecticide Complex is a force to be reckoned with in Lake County..

Note to Ops: You know the drill. If you hear the little buzzers swarming up and down your streets, hurry inside and shut the windows. The mosquito insecticide trucks are spraying your neighborhood.

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