Category Archives: COMMENT

COMMENT: Gildea, Bill (MC1962) spots my mistake


Reporter : Bill Gildea
Your class year, if appropriate?: 62
You Found Who or What?: Your latest jottings does not open properly. They are screwing with you again.

[JR: Looks like I forgot to change the internal link in the issue. Sorry. I fixed the website copy but the email link can’t be fixed.]

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COMMENT: Toner, Mike (MC1972) and “law of the jungle”


In last week’s EndNote you said

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“Why there is NO SUCH THING as “price gouging”!

Listen to the first cut of Jason’s podcast aa he clearly explains that “gouging prices” ensure that there is supply for those who need it the most.

A displaced family might squeeze into one room at the “gouging” price as opposed to spreading out in two rooms at the regular price. Thus ensuring a room for another family.


Simple law of economics at work to balance supply and demand.

Great explanation!!!”

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I think an awfully benign (naive) justification of the “law of the jungle”

But, as always, thank you for you great work as JJ publisher and CIC!

mike toner
BEE ’72
Buffalo, NY

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Toner, Mike (MC1972)

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COMMENT: Joann Tripp about Tripp, Donald J. [MC1971 RIP]


JOBIT: Tripp, Donald J. [MC1971 RIP] on 2017-Jul-29
TRIPP, Donald J. 67, of Ipswich, MA passed away Saturday July 29th, 2017.

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Message from Joann Tripp,

Your kind words about my husband made me cry. In a good way. I didn’t know Don back in his college days so it’s nice to hear from people who did know him. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a wonderful memory. God bless you and your family.

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COMMENT: Kuhn, Rob (MC1973) finds a flaw in new “gojaspers”


JHQ: New “gojaspers” website2017-Aug-01

Manhattan Unveils New SIDEARM Sports Website

Riverdale, NY – The Manhattan College Athletic Department has joined forces with industry leader SIDEARM Sports to launch a redesigned The new site is a responsive model that converts content to the screen size of the specific computer …

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[JR: Not my cup of tea, but then they aren’t trying to appeal to me. Seems “busy” and hodge dodge. But someone liked it. I didn’t spend a lot of time to see what has been “lost” or “changed detrimentally”]  

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John … They did away with the first link I always click — er, clicked — on: “ARCHIVES”; I click that because I am usually interested in all sports stories, not ones from a particular sport … and I don’t have time to hunt around for those. One way to reduce readership — er, clickership. Rob

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Kuhn, Rob (MC1973) 

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COMMENT: Adrienne Ricci about Ricci, John J. [MC1942 RIP]


JOBIT: Ricci, John J. [MC1942 RIP] on 2017-Jun-04
John J. Ricci M.D.
1920 – 2017

RICCI – John J. MD passed away on June 4 in Ellsworth ME.

Message from Adrienne Ricci

To Manhattan College,

Thank you for your acknowledgement and respectful commentary regarding my father, John J. Ricci MD. He was very proud to be an Alumni of Manhattan College and had many memorable life events while attending. He went on to St. Louis University, graduating with and earning a medical degree. He was swiftly usurped by Uncle Sam for WWI and then Korea.He established his practice in Huntington Station, NY, as a beloved GP for 65 years,retiring at age 85.

While at Manhattan, John created color images for his class yearbook, after researching, through patent offices, the color printing process. A first at Manhattan!

He intricately illustrated medical manuals, published by Prof. Acconci, while attending Manhattan. His artistic talents were unsurpassed.

Dr. Ricci was adored by his patients, generations of patients, half of whom he delivered. He was a dedicated and devoted physician, Husband, Father, an ardent award winning artist who was one of the founders of the Huntington Township Art League, multilinguist, a member of the United Flying Octegenarians ( UFO’s) having earned his pilots licence at the age of 75, sailor, boatbuilder, fisherman, sculptor, gourmet chef and all around remarkable man.

He did not go into medicine for the income potential. He genuinely cared for people first. His patients would often pay him with home-grown produce tucked into the back seat of his beloved Corvair. The car, with 4 studded tires, that enabled him to make house calls, regardless of how snowy the roads were. A Cadillac was not his style. His devotion was to his patients, not his income. He gave his all…and everyone knew and appreciated that.

Your college graduated a phenomenal man. You should be proud.

Adrienne C. Ricci

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COMMENT: Toner, Mike (MC1972) agrees on “federal flood insurance


For once – (mostly) a point a agreement!

Even though I vacation, happily, on the Outer Banks of NC, I couldn’t agree with you more about the futility of underpriced flood insurance. And government involvement only makes this worse, because rates and conditions are more subject to political than strictly actuarial forces. Instead of caving to the entreaties of the frequently wealthy owners, the spineless pols should be saying, “You should not have built (or bought) there in the first place.”

I think that there should be stricter building and development regulations which would not allow a lot of this building to happen at all. I suspect our opinions would diverge on this score…

Also, since Social Security payments are solely funded from employee and employer contributions, I’m not sure how this is a “wealth transfer” program.

Thanks, as always, for your kind efforts as CIC!

mike toner
BEE ’72
Buffalo, NY

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JR: Nice to be in (mostly) agreement.

I’m not in favor of Gooferment “diktats” like “building and development regulations”. If you own the land, you should be able to build what you want. The Gooferment shouldn’t be in the “insurance business” or “mistake prevention”. I’m sure that the unavailability of insurance, or say-high cost if it is, will “solve” the problem.

As far as “Social Security” as a “wealth transfer”:

  • “Social Security payments” are not from “contributions”. Contributions are voluntary; theft is not.
  • AND, this is not an actuarily based insurance contract. Since poor minority men have a much lower life expectancy than rich white women, they get the short end of the stick. In effect, they are subsidizing rich white women.
  • In addition, it’s a inter-generational wealth transfer. Past generations got more than they put in, and future generations will get a lot less, if anything.
  • Finally, the analysis of “Social Security” seems to indicate that the ROI is a negative 7%; if you figure in the time value of money, it’s close to 100%. (Not hard when inflation over 30 years is 95%.) All in all it’s worse than a Ponzi scheme. One has to voluntarily participate in a Ponzi scheme; with Social Security, there’s no choice.

I have to credit Tom Woods and Bob Murphy for my understanding of “Social Security”

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COMMENT: Tighe, Don (MC1954) asks about the Greenleaf


RE: 2013 Greenleaf pic

Is the Greenleaf gone ??
I was one if the early customers.
Don Tighe, ‘54B

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[JR: I was a Customer too, but not early. Usually after class. Trying to douse the “flames of ignorance”. I think it’s been gone for a long time. So have many of the other watering holes. Alma Mater didn’t like them; nor the “near occasion of sin” that they presented. And drunken Jaspers generated a lot of flack for the PR folks. From what I seen over the years, it’s not a problem going away anytime soon. Maybe when all “drugs” including alcohol are “unregulated”, then the allure of all of them will be wiped away. And, parent can teach there children “responsibility”. Probably not in my lifetime, but I can hope. Besides what will an out of work drug dealer do?]  

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