And yes, I put NH Commissioner of Education Frank Edelblut into a prickly position on this but hey, GraniteGrok is NH’s leading and most influential political blogsite – of COURSE this was going to come up.
Andru Volinsky – no interview about education should take place without a mention that Andru
Alinsky Volinsky was responsible for the genesis of the Statification of NH education by convincing the NH Supreme Court Justices that that word “cherish” (see Article 83, below) meant “money” and that the State of NH had to take from the “Haves” to give to the political “Have Nots”. Most people call it the Claremont Decision that instituted a State wide property tax that shovels out money by an ever changing financial formula (depending on who has the “envies” or their “ox is being gored”.
Thus I call it Volinsky I instead and given that current Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky has all but thrown his hat into the next Governor’s race by yanking off that “Claremont Scab” and doing a “listening/talking” tour all over the State at the same time, it looks like Volinsky want to ride Volinsky II all the way into the Oval Office, proving once again that for politicians, “its for the children” really means “it’s for the adults” or, perhaps in this case, “it’s for the votes”.
It may not be with Frank Edelblut but we will be reporting / opining on this in the future.
[Art.] 83. [Encouragement of Literature, etc.; Control of Corporations, Monopolies, etc.] Knowledge and learning, generally diffused through a community, being essential to the preservation of a free government; and spreading the opportunities and advantages of education through the various parts of the country, being highly conducive to promote this end; it shall be the duty of the legislators and magistrates, in all future periods of this government, to cherish the interest of literature and the sciences, and all seminaries and public schools, to encourage private and public institutions, rewards, and immunities for the promotion of agriculture, arts, sciences, commerce, trades, manufactures, and natural history of the country; to countenance and inculcate the principles of humanity and general benevolence, public and private charity, industry and economy, honesty and punctuality, sincerity, sobriety, and all social affections, and generous sentiments, among the people: Provided, nevertheless, that no money raised by taxation shall ever be granted or applied for the use of the schools of institutions of any religious sect or denomination. Free and fair competition in the trades and industries is an inherent and essential right of the people and should be protected against all monopolies and conspiracies which tend to hinder or destroy it. The size and functions of all corporations should be so limited and regulated as to prohibit fictitious capitalization and provision should be made for the supervision and government thereof. Therefore, all just power possessed by the state is hereby granted to the general court to enact laws to prevent the operations within the state of all persons and associations, and all trusts and corporations, foreign or domestic, and the officers thereof, who endeavor to raise the price of any article of commerce or to destroy free and fair competition in the trades and industries through combination, conspiracy, monopoly, or any other unfair means; to control and regulate the acts of all such persons, associations, corporations, trusts, and officials doing business within the state; to prevent fictitious capitalization; and to authorize civil and criminal proceedings in respect to all the wrongs herein declared against.