Granite State of Mind

My Motown memories revisited, thanks to New Hampshire’s soul survivors

Thursday, August 3, 2017 Rob Azevedo 1
There’s just something about Motown music that brings out that crooner in all of us, even those buried beneath a furnace of life’s rank frustrations.  It’s true.  I saw it, felt it, smelt it, tasted it, just last weekend at New England College in Concord, where one funky band and three funky solo artists tackled some classic Motown tunes and made them their own. 
Ask Dr. John

Ask Dr. John: Using rewards as part of your effective parenting toolbox

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 Dr. John D. Rich Jr. 0
Humans have many needs, one of which is the need for esteem. If your daughter does not hear positive words from you, she will seek positive regard from others the rest of her life. If your son never hears that you are proud of him, he will seek approval from others for the rest of his life. I wish to reiterate what we have discussed previously – just because your parents did it, doesn’t mean it was the best way to get it done. It is up to you, in the process of reading this here and now, to make decisions about the kind of parent you want to be, and the kind of child you want to help create. READ MORE

Power to the People: PSNH to be Restructured at Last – Maybe

Monday, July 31, 2017 D. Maurice Kreis 0
At issue is the Access Northeast natural gas pipeline, in which PSNH’s parent company is a major investor.  If built, Access Northeast would slice across southern New England and supposedly relieve the fuel supply shortages that bedevil the region’s natural gas generators during those few hours in an ultra-cold winter (like those of 2013 and 2014) when the priority claims of those who use natural gas to heat their premises allegedly leave insufficient fuel to make enough electricity. READ MORE

Time to trump transgender discrimination

Monday, July 31, 2017 Emma Simpson 1
Right now there is a bill in the works that would give transgender people in NH more legal protection by extending an anti-discrimination law that relates to age, sex, sexual orientation, race or creed to gender identity. Unfortunately, the bill (HB 478) has been tabled twice, but more action is already underway, and there are plans to resurrect the bill in the near future. READ MORE
Forward Focus

Manchester: The city that won’t die

Sunday, July 30, 2017 Brian Chicoine 1
I believe that one needs to understand the past in order to properly prepare for the future, so understanding what our city has been through and how we got past it will keep us ready to face the current challenges as well as those that will come our way. READ MORE

Is addiction really a disease?

Monday, July 24, 2017 David Shaw 0
Despite how polarizing this question seems to be, the truth is, I don’t know. I hope to, however, share with you what I do know based on my personal experiences in an effort to clean up some of the misconceptions and ambiguities that are slithering around, well, just about everywhere I look lately. READ MORE