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Research into Clay County history reveals white people sold black people on the county courthouse steps in the 1800s, a common occurrence in Southern states. Vivid historical descriptions of slavery talk about requiring people to wear identification tags, about scars from chains and whips, rapes, murders and as many humiliations as soulless people could concoct.

National virus strategy still needed

The government has blown the response to the coronavirus, COVID-19, but there is time to hit the reset button. The first mistake: America was not prepared. The nation’s leaders did not have masks, ventilators and other health supplies warehoused in adequate numbers for a pandemic. Buying and warehousing such items is costly. But the public now knows the greater cost is failing to stockpile health staples.