1,000 new cases on a Sunday? Five more deaths? 44 more people hospitalized? 173 people on ventilators?

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Arkansas, we have a problem. And preventing mask rules and preventing local decisions on vaccination requirements — which the unemployed, cattle farmers, slumlords and other outstanding legislators say are aground practice — looks less and less like a sensible path for one of the worst states in the country for COvID-19.

It is time for the governor to demand action. And if the legislature refuses, at least the blame will be clearer than it already is.

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The line is open.