ENDNOTE: Walter Williams on “fatherless homes”



The Welfare State’s Legacy
By Walter E.Williams
September 20, 2017 

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The No. 1 problem among blacks is the effects stemming from a very weak family structure. Children from fatherless homes are likelier to drop out of high school, die by suicide, have behavioral disorders, join gangs, commit crimes and end up in prison. They are also likelier to live in poverty-stricken households. But is the weak black family a legacy of slavery? In 1960, just 22 percent of black children were raised in single-parent families. Fifty years later, more than 70 percent of black children were raised in single-parent families. Here’s my question: Was the increase in single-parent black families after 1960 a legacy of slavery, or might it be a legacy of the welfare state ushered in by the War on Poverty?

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Professor Williams always teaches me something.

Now we can blame to Gooferment for this human disaster.

Seems like we need to declare DEFEAT in the “War on Poverty”. 

Just like the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”, the Gooferment IS the problem.

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for two


Good Evening All,

We have a couple of requests for our prayers from Mike McEneney.

Please pray for Cathie’s youngest Sister, Clare Esser. Clare has taken a turn for the worse after Lung surgery and is back in Hospitalin New Jersey. Mike and Cathie have been to see her and will let us know how Clare is doing. We pray for Clare’s recovery and for her Family. 

We pray too for the repose of the soul of Ann Marie Donegan, Widow of Fellow Jasper, Ed Donegan ’54. Mike, Ann and Ed graduatedtogether from St Barnabas H.S. in 1945 and as Mike says, hung out for many years after. We pray for Ann, her Husband Ed (predeceased), Their Family and friends as the Family mourn the loss of their loved one.

Thank you. God Bless.
Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

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COMMENT: McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973) comment on a Quad story


Hi John!  Happy “Winter’s ‘Roun’ Th’ Corner!”

Ahh wellll…  I had a comment on one of the stories in the Quadrangle, but evidently the comment period had closed in the five hours since the previous comment had been published and emailed.  ::sigh::  Ever since Trump got elected my timing’s been off (Heh, my nieces are blaming everything from the national debt to the milk going bad in the fridge on Trump so I figured I’d jump on the bandwagon.  LOL!)

In any event, I figured I’d at least share it here, re the story at: https://mcquad.org/2017/09/07/mischief-marks-return-to-mc/ about the police having been called to deal with the crowd of students hanging around outside MC’s bars…


Strange.  There was never a problem with students hanging around outside the local bars when I was a student at Manhattan in the 1970s although they were usually packed to the walls inside (The Pinewood and Greenleaf at that point in history.)  

I wonder what on earth could have possibly changed?

Michael J. McFadden, Peace Studies, 1973

Meanwhile, as I look forward to winter, I’m trying to remember: Just HOW did we ever walk down the steps from Overlook to the Engineering Building the morning after a snowstorm?

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McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973)

[JR: As an injineer, I just never left the building. At least that is what I told everyone. Some would say I never left the bar to go INTO the building.]  

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JLINKEDIN: Moran, Michael [MC1988] Mgr LGA PANYNJ


Moran, Michael [MC1988] 
Manager, LaGuardia Airport, Physical Plant & Redevelopment Division at Port Authority of NY & NJ
An energetic, performance driven leader with the ability to build consensus and motivate staff, while
prioritizing and delivering multiple concurrent projects/initiatives.

JLINKEDIN: Lopez, Ed [MC1986] Sr Pgm Mgr ENgineering PANYNJ


Lopez, Ed [MC1986]
Senior Program Manager, Asset Management Office, Engineering Department
at The Port Authority of NY & NJ
Over 31 years work experience including Project Management experience in bridges, ports, airports, rail, and security. Work highlights include: Program Manager for the new Goethals Bridge Design and EIS efforts, Senior Program Manager for the implementation of Enterprise Asset Management (with Maximo), and Facility Plant Manager for the Staten Island Bridges.

JNEWS: Olenik, Joseph [MC1980] Retires After 32 Years



North Salem Police Officer Retires After 32 Years
September 20, 2017 at 5:15 PM

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NORTH SALEM,N.Y.–For the first time since he started working at 16, Joseph Olenik, now 59, is going to have weekends off.

A man of many hats, which have included those of fire marshal, police chief, facilities director for Weston public schools in Connecticut for the last five years, and dad to three, Olenik is ready to take just one out of the rotation in order to spend more time with his wife, Stephanie, and children, Emily, 5, Colin, 6, and Bradley, 13.

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Olenik holds an applied associate’s degree in engineering science from Westchester Community College, and bachelor’s degrees in facilities and property management from Iona College and in mechanical engineering from Manhattan College.  

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Olenik, Joseph [MC????]

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Dear John,

              I believe that Joseph is a member of the Class of 1980.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Olenik, Joseph [MC1980]

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JLINKEDIN: Muenzen, John [MC1986] Mgr Fac Projs LGA PANYNJ


Muenzen, John [MC1986]
Manager of Facility Projects at LaGuardia Airport
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey   
New York State Professional Engineer with a diversified knowledge of aviation-based facility management experience including a background in engineering/program management practices, oversight of tenant construction code compliance, in addition to extensive experience in various aspects of facility maintenance and airport operations.