Category Archives: COMMENT

COMMENT: Toner, Mike (MC1972) thinks that the anti-war movement was more authentic

2018-May-13

I would disagree that the anti-war movement was always about Nixon. I remember it starting even when Johnson was still prez – “hey LBJ, how many kids did you kill today…” It continued as Nixon continued the war – then maybe took on an anti-Nixon element as the evils of his administration began to become more clear….A time of great ferment – do you remember “Jasper Liberation City” on the Quad and the chants of “no say, no pay…?”

Toner, Mike (MC1972)

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COMMENT: Brown, Jim [MC1958] about “golden jaspers”

2018-Apr-29

Jim Brown ‘58 commented on POSITRACTION: “The roo’s life was important’

2018-Apr-29 https://www.goodnewsnetwork. org/teens-mount-rescue- operation-for-helpless- kangaroo-stuck-in-neck-deep- mud/ Teens …

Jasper John

Does the ‘68 mean this is your fiftieth anniversary since graduation??

Then welcome to the Golden Jaspers. You certainly have been a major part of our memories of what it means to be a Jasper. Look forward to seeing you next month.

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[JR: Yes, it’s been 50 years.  I’m not sure that I’m going yet.  If at all.  I don’t think I’m the type of person who can go and be at peace with being there.  Still have a ton of unresolved issues with the Church and the institution.  Don’t feel very “golden”.  Besides as an ITSJ, I’m much more comfortable in my basement at my keyboard.  Laugh!]

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COMMENT: Jablon, Ken (MC1962) questions the use of embryonic stem cells

2018-Apr-23

Regarding “Alzheimer’s maybe treatable?”—this is indeed great news. However, this research could not have been done without human stem cells from embryos which is vehemently opposed by the Catholic Church and many other religiously conservative groups in the US.

Ken Jablon ‘62

[JR: That may or may not be true that embryos were used. Regardless, we have take whatever the result since we couldn’t prevent the predecessor act. Not that I like it, but have to make the best of a bad situation.]

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COMMENT: Santangelo, Francis Frank John [MC1950 RIP] daughter responds

2018-Apr-11

RE: Francis John (Frank) Santangelo 1929 – 2018

Message from Donna Mae Ellis ,

I am Frank Santangelo’s daughter. Thank you for your condolences and letting the alums know about my Dad’s death. Please send publication or link. Thanks.

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COMMENT: Toner, Mike (MC1972) responds about the Pope

2018-Apr-01

Dear f. John,

I don’t agree that criticism of Papa Francis should be suppressed, but I am also happy that our pope is no longer the equivalent of sovereigns – don’t think that what the carpenter’s son had in mind..

Also – – RE: Obit notice here for Bruce P. Muller (’57 S)

I had the good fortune to be an undergraduate student under Bruce’s tutelage at Manhattan College from 1960 to 1963. I took most of my major coursework in his classes, worked for him in various academic undertakings (Testing Center Aide, Teaching Assistant, Research projects, etc.) and became a friend of his entire and extended family (including – together with my then yet-to-be wife – babysitting his children!). After graduation and further training in psychology, I worked for and with Bruce in several clinical and academic settings while becoming his neighbor in Bethel, CT where we would have Sunday-morning coffee just about every week for 16 years.

Other than my wife, no single individual has had as much influence on the person I see myself today – a successful psychologist (now retired), a person with an inquiring mind, cosmopolitan tastes and one with a solid sense of humor and a healthy disrespect for convention and authority. A piece of my bedrock has passed. RIP good friend 
Insull, Bob (MC1963)

Could a teacher ask for more?? Congrats to Prof. Muller!! And how lucky was Jasper Insull to have this relationship!! And congrats, as always, to Alma Mater for bringing the right people together!! And, thank you, f. John for keeping us informed of all of these great things!!

Toner, Mike (MC1972)

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COMMENT: Insull, Bob (MC1963) remembers Muller, Bruce P. [MC1957 RIP]

2018-Mar-26

RE: Obit notice here for Bruce P. Muller (’57 S)

I had the good fortune to be an undergraduate student under Bruce’s tutelage at Manhattan College from 1960 to 1963. I took most of my major coursework in his classes, worked for him in various academic undertakings (Testing Center Aide, Teaching Assistant, Research projects, etc.) and became a friend of his entire and extended family (including – together with my then yet-to-be wife – babysitting his children!). After graduation and further training in psychology, I worked for and with Bruce in several clinical and academic settings while becoming his neighbor in Bethel, CT where we would have Sunday-morning coffee just about every week for 16 years.

Other than my wife, no single individual has had as much influence on the person I see myself today – a successful psychologist (now retired), a person with an inquiring mind, cosmopolitan tastes and one with a solid sense of humor and a healthy disrespect for convention and authority. A piece of my bedrock has passed. RIP good friend

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Insull, Bob (MC1963)

Muller, Bruce P. [MC1957 RIP]

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COMMENT: Toner, Mike (MC1972) about Presidential parallels

2018-Mar-05

Dear F. John,

I read your recent endnote about the Weimar Republic and gun control almost immediately after seeing the movie, The Post, about the publication of the Pentagon Papers. First, the reminder of the lies and obfuscation – from Truman through Nixon – that led to the full blown war that so seared our generation and killed so many of our contemporaries was very anger and sadness provoking. Perhaps even more frightening were the eerie parallels between Nixon and Trump about demonizing the free press and thinking that the best course was to attempt to suppress the press.

Toner, Mike (MC1972)

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[JR: Well, I view the “Presidents” as threat to freedom in the USA. And, like the ersatz anti-war movement, the “press” is not free but a captive of the ultra-left wing of the “democratic” party with the exception of Fox News. Fox News is an anomaly, but is an organ of “big Gooferment” too. Hollywood is an extension of the same ultra-left group think imho. Thankfully, the inet allows bypassing the “echo chambers”.  Nixon and Trump are not the worst; as bad as they might be. It takes real “work” to break into my personal “worst” list. I think DJT45 is exposing the “Deep State”, the corrupt media, and Democan/Republicrat politicians for what they really are — wanna be tyrants who are parasites on the hard working “We, The Sheeple”. Sadly, I don’t think “We, The Sheeple” are smart enough to escape the chains that politicians and bureaucrats have forged on them by decades of “free stuff”. It would seem that hard times are inevitable for the “American Experiment”. Thanks for the response; it gets lonely in my “ivory tower”.]

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