Almost 20 years ago, in tight financial times, Gov. Norm Bangerter cut the state Medicaid budget denying basic dental care, among other things, to the poor. Some months later we learned one middle-aged man who had been cut off from service had died from massive infection that started in his mouth.

Now we see from the study released this week by Families USA that 150 Utahns without health insurance die every year.

When will we ever learn?

To his lasting credit Gov. Bangerter, troubled by the man's death, worked with us to restore basic dental care. But the fight to provide decent, adequate health care goes on.

Tim Funk

Salt Lake City