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Virus racking up points

If you’re keeping score at home–and you really need to stay home considering this score–the tally Tuesday was 4,107 to 2,229. That was in the race in Arkansas between new coronavirus cases and coronavirus vaccinations. New cases held the unhealthy lead.

It’s easy to blame those in sworn positions of leadership, beginning with the governor. But you must acknowledge that the state can’t inject more vaccinations than doses it receives. And the early score is often not indicative of the full contest.

Clemson scored first, and easily, on Ohio State.

The failure from the Trump-diseased federal government thus far in vaccination distribution is epic, just as its failure in controlling the virus was epic before and so remains.

But surely the state could do better than the 28 percent of doses available to it that had been administered to first-phase recipients in vaccinations as of Tuesday, not to mention the 5 percent of doses that had been administered to residents of nursing homes.

The fault I’m finding is less in these early numbers, which surely will improve, than in the seeming lack of urgency and command.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s grandfatherly calm is a good thing until hospitals get close to running out of acute-care capacity. And I’m positively hostile to his new slogan, "the power of you."Sure, each of us has the power to be responsible and compassionate, to wear a mask and keep distance and wash our hands and avoid gatherings. But everyone also has the power to drive safely, even as speeders and drunks run them over.None of us has the governor’s executive authority or bully pulpit to lay down the law that […]

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