Commissioners need discipline
My treasure file which will be passed on to my two great-granddaughters in the not too distant future includes my first grade report card dated May 17, 1940. The first four grades were listed under “health” habits and the second four under “social” habits. Academic grades started at number fifteen. Irish Corner grade school was a one-room school located in the farming community of Irish Corner in Nicholas County, West Virginia. It is now a one-room school museum located in Summersville, West Virginia.
Every farmhouse in the community predated the Civil War and had no electricity, running water or indoor plumbing. Heat came from a fireplace or potbellied stove and cooking was done on a wood or coal burning stove. The school was heated with a potbellied stove. Older students had farm chores to do, both before and after school, and we also did the school chores, including maintaining the stove and carrying water from the well.
Good health habits at school were essential in maintaining good health in the community. My backwoods community practiced this 80 years ago. The three Douglas County commissioners that fired Tri-County Health and later rescinded the firing are now rescinding again. They are supporting every COVID-19 rule-breaker in Douglas County What they all need is a good dose of Miss Sweeny, the red-haired farm girl who was my first-grade teacher. You didn’t mess with Miss Sweeny.
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