To The Daily Sun,
This is my 13th report to the voters of Hill and Franklin on what is happening in Concord. I did not write a report last week because it was very slow with no committee hearings or House sessions.
I took advantage of the free time to visit New England College, this past Wednesday with my wife. We attended a town hall meeting to listen to Commissioner of Education Frank Edelblut. Unfortunately — or fortunately — The Looney Left was out in force. At the beginning of the meeting, the president of the college emphasized the regularity of such meetings and in fact had all the presidential candidates in 2016 conducted similar town hall gatherings. She stressed it was her intent to allow all positions to be heard and she expected the audience to be courteous.
Courtesy is not the aim of the Lefty Loonies. Kimberly Morin, a political activist said it best in NHPoliticalbuzz.com. "Zandra Rice Hawkins, who was paid to be there by an out-of-state organization, Progress Now, behaved like a petulant child and kept yelling out things at Edelblut. She was asked to stop by organizers several times or she would be asked to leave. The only purpose progressives served in being there was to interfere with Edelblut interacting with parents and educators who actually care about education in the state."
Fortunately Commissioner Eldelblut kept his cool and we learned of his vision for the department and his opinions on what N.H. education should encompass. He also made the point that he made the choice to home-school his seven children because he believed this was too important a task to be left to strangers. Given the Lefty Loonies ... many who were probably teachers, he made the right choice. On the way out of the meeting hall I noticed the Lefty Loonies formed a circle on the patio, deep in meaningful dialog. No doubt their example of a circular firing squad.
An interesting point is that New England College was formed after World War II to provide education opportunities for the military veterans returning from the war. It is far different now. The college administration is trying to offer the public and the students a diverse education. You might want to take a drive up to Henniker to see.
N.H. State Representative
Franklin and Hill