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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) on Memorial Day


Good Morning All,

I was struggling a little this morning for some words to share on this Memorial Day when we remember those that gave so much so that we could be free and then I received the following incredible words and Tribute from Peter Sweeney and I share them with you.

“All Gave Some, Some Gave All.”

May God Continue to Bless America on behalf of those Who Gave Their Lives for Her.

Thank you Peter for Sharing the following. Thank you all. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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[JR: I’ve been posting: “Let’s bring all the girls and boys home now! Dona nobis pacem.”]

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JFOUND: Loehr, George C. [MC1962] opposes a radical reduction in power system reliability



My View
Energy bill too good to be true?
By George C. Loehr 16 hrs ago

When something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. That’s the reality of our state’s recently enacted “green energy” bill. I’m an engineer with more than 50 years of experience in power system planning and reliability. When I read the provisions of the Energy Transition Act, I knew something was fishy. One hundred percent renewable energy? We get a cleaner environment, Public Service Company of New Mexico gets compensated for its coal-fired generator costs, and customers’ electric bills actually decline? Everybody gains and there’s no downside? This did not compute, as they say. So I started digging.

I didn’t have to dig very far. I discovered that all this is being enabled by a radical reduction in power system reliability. In fact, even now, PNM is using a reliability standard for generating resources that is significantly lower than what’s generally accepted in North America and most of the developed world. Four times lower, to be exact. This only will get worse as renewable penetration increases. And the documentation is in a report published by PNM itself.

Every three years, PNM publishes an Integrated Resource Plan, most recently on July 3, 2017. That report explicitly states, “PNM targets a minimum 13 percent planning reserve margin.” Significantly, the 13 percent is not a result of the one-day-in-10-year Loss of Load Probability criterion that is almost universally used by the power industry. Rather, it’s the result of a “stipulation approved in NMPRC Case No. 08-00305-UT.” Sounds like politics, not science. The report goes on to state, “Achieving a one-in-10-year probability would require a reserve margin target in excess of 20 percent.” According to the Integrated Resource Plan, the equivalent Loss of Load Probability for PNM’s 13 percent reserve margin is four days in 10 years.

Later on, the PNM report demonstrates that, with 50 percent renewables, the 13 percent reserve margin would translate into eight to 10 failure events per year; 80 percent renewables would result in 57 failure events per year. That’s 57 blackouts or brownouts every year — an average or more than once a week! The report states that “reliability would significantly degrade before 40 percent renewable penetration is reached and costs are significantly higher once 50 percent penetration is reached.” In a PNM report, that’s an astonishing admission.

In summary, New Mexico’s current “energy transition” policy will lead to a devastating increase in the probability of blackouts and brownouts, and/or much higher costs to maintain a reliable reserve margin. Most likely both. Lower reliability and higher costs will inevitably become a major disincentive for attracting the nonextraction businesses New Mexico so desperately desires — and needs.

So what’s the endgame? Well, if the 13 percent reserve margin target is maintained, and conventional generating resources are removed and replaced by renewables, we’ll begin to experience power shortages — and the inevitable blackouts and brownouts. The blame game will shift into high gear, and the public and press will demand a fix. Reserve targets will be raised and additional capacity added — gas-fueled generators, nuclear plants, pumped storage hydro, massive installations of rechargeable batteries or other forms of energy storage, customer load curtailment — or “all of the above.”

Each of these will come with its own costs for construction, operation, maintenance, etc. Either electric rates will escalate or the state government will begin subsidizing electric power resources. In any case, the cost will ultimately be paid by the public — through electric bills or through taxes. Choose your poison.

I have nothing against renewable resources — in fact, I consider them a great asset. But we cannot ignore the laws of science — and an increase in renewables should not be enabled by a catastrophic reduction in reliability. None of the discussions in the Roundhouse focused on science. It’s time we start doing just that.

George C. Loehr has a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Manhattan College and a master’s in English literature from New York University. He lives in Albuquerque.

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Loehr, George C. [MC????]

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Dear John,

             I believe that George is a member of the Class of 1962.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Loehr, George C. [MC1962]

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JEMAIL: Healey, John J. [MC1962] id-ed by Lehr, Valentine A. (MC1962) confirms


Dear John:

Good morning!

Dr. John J. Healey was a fellow classmate of the Class of 1962 and was correctly identified as a BCE grad.  John is both extremely intelligent and a genuinely nice person.

Best regards,
Val Lehr  ‘62

Valentine A. Lehr P.E., LEED AP
1350 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019

170 Old Country Road
Mineola, New York  11501

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Lehr, Valentine A. (MC1962)

Healey, John J. [MC1962]

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JFOUND: Healey, John J. [MC1962] selected by the Rutgers Alumni Association



Monroe man named Loyal Son of Rutgers
Submitted Content Feb 19, 2019 Updated 14 min ago

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John J. Healey, PhD, of Monroe, has been selected by the Rutgers Alumni Association (RAA) as a recipient of its prestigious Loyal Son of Rutgers award for 2019.

A 60-year tradition, the Loyal Sons & Daughters of Rutgers are comprised of individuals who have made a meaningful and long-standing contribution to the betterment of Rutgers by performing extraordinary volunteer service or by making a significant impact on university life and culture. Nominations are made by existing Loyal Sons & Daughters, and the finalists named by a special selection committee, according to information provided by the RAA.

A graduate of Manhattan College (BCE) and the University of Illinois (MS), Healey earned his doctorate from Rutgers Graduate School of New Brunswick in 1970 (PhD in Engineering). With the background of a diverse career in research, consulting and executive management, he has provided critical volunteer service to the School of Graduate Studies, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Engineering, according to the statement. He has been an active member of the School of Graduate Studies Dean’s Advisory Council since 2007, serving as its vice chair and chairing its External Relations Committee.

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Healey, John J. [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1962.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Healey, John J. [MC1962]

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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) calls attention to Gold Star Mothers Emogene Cupp’s Birthday


Good Evening All,

This is a special prayer request and a beautiful story that began with a terrible loss by a grieving Mother after the death of her Son in Vietnam. It is a short story that I know you will all want to read and perhaps reach out to Mrs. Emogene Cupp, American Gold Star Mothers. You will see the details as you read just a little further. A side story that is also inspiring and beautiful in itself, is that of ” A Band Of Brothers ” (and Duster Buddies) NDQSA, and what they have done. This was brought to my attention by a good Friend, Al Hansen ( a Duster Buddy ), Member of the Retreat Team and Prayer Group. I had heard of American Gold Star Mothers but was not aware of who and what they were. Please google them when you have a moment.

I will be sending Mrs. Cupp, a Birthday Card, she has honored all Veterans. Please read the following.

Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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From: alhansen
Subject: Fwd: Gold Star Mothers Birthday


Joe and my DUSTER BUDDIES have been very supportive of Gold Star Mothers over the years. As a result of a Gold Star Mother mentioning to Joe that she and other Gold Star Mothers had often talked about visiting areas in Viet Nam where their sons had fought. 

As a result, NDQSA, our band of brothers, set up and funded a program that facilitated quite a number of Gold Star Mother trips to Viet Nam –  I believe seven. NDQSA created a program funded by our membership that covered all transportation, lodging and meals for any  Gold Star Mother and a companion who expressed an interest in going. Members of our association and their wives, at their own expense, also volunteered to escort our guest Gold Star Mothers.

Over the last few years OUR MOTHERS, due to advanced age, have difficulty in traveling. Never the less, they are still in our hearts.

Please help us out by saluting Mother Emogene Cupp’s 99th Birthday!

We would appreciate if you would be so kind as to send Mother Imogene a card, as well as pass this message on.

Joe, Our Brothers and I thank you,


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From: Joseph Belardo 
Subject: Gold Star Mothers Emogene Cupp’s Birthday

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I am asking all of you for a Giant Favor.

An American Gold Star Mother and a very personal friend of mine
and all veterans will be celebrating her 99th birthday on January 20th.

Please mail her a birthday card.

Emogene Cupp is the oldest past president of the American Gold Star Mothers. She was the Gold Star Mother who appeared before congress and persuaded them to approve and pass the bill for the construction of the Vietnam Memorial WALL. Her son, Cpl. Robert W. Cupp, was killed by a booby trap in Vietnam. He was laid to rest on his 21st birthday, June 17, in his family’s plot in Alexandria, Va. Her Daughter Sue sent me the following email.

Mom will turn 99 years old on January 20th and due to her failing health, I do not plan to give her a birthday party. I thought I would give her a “Card Party”.  She loves to receive cards and I know it would make her happy to receive a birthday card from all of you. Please feel free to pass this info to anyone you think would like to help her celebrate her 99th birthday by sending her a birthday card.
Please mail her a birthday card to:
Ms. Emogene Cupp
216 Lynn Drive
Stephens City, VA 22655

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JEMAIL: Gilda, Bill (MC1962) asks “Who are the extremists?”


Wed, Jan 2, 4:14 PM 

Who are the extremists?

Bill Gilda ’62

[JR: Saw that as an example of that “anti” mindset (i.e., anti-Catholic; anti-Semitic; anti-American; anti-peace, racist, champion of victimhood identify politics) among “democrats” and “liberals”.  The “democrats” and liberals are the new reborn KKK, imho!  And we tolerate them at our own peril.]

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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) “Happy Thanksgiving”


Hello Dear Friends,

As we get ready for Thanksgiving, it is a beautiful time to join in our hearts and minds to give thanks for God’s Blessings. It is a time when we in giving thanks and in some way sharing with those less fortunate, we can remember how Blessed we are. Our Pastor down here in Delaware, Father Ed Ogden, urges us, as we close our day, to begin our prayers by remembering what we are grateful for for the day. I can tell you that you are on my list of that for which I am grateful at the end of each day.

Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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