Precinct 333

Sunday, January 23, 2005

If You Don't Like The Amenities...

You can always go back to Ecuador. There is daily service from O'Hare, so getting a flight out won't be a problem. And take the kids with you.

As she watched her sons get free dental checkups Saturday, Sara Garcia said why she thinks many low-income Hispanics often don't go to the dentist.

"It's very expensive," said Garcia, who lives in Chicago but grew up in Ecuador. "It should be free, like in Ecuador."

I hate to tell you this, Sara, but it isn't the American taxpayer's job to pay for your kids' dental checkups. I spend enough on dental care for my wife and I without including your family on the tab.

And as for you, Lt. Gov. Quin, do you realize how stupid you sound? Did you really mean to sound like a stereotype of every "oh-so-sensitive" liberal Democrat.

Quinn said that the surgeon general found tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease -- five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever.

And bad teeth can cause children to smile less, damaging their self-esteem, Quinn said.


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