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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) gives a Mike update


Good Evening All,

Mike has been home now for six days and has been doing well on the medication that the MDs put him on. Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 14, Mike has 2 Doctor appointments to review his condition and reaction to his Medications. Please keep the volume up for Mike and Cathie as we pray for continued good news and improvement. We Need Mike In Our Starting Lineup. Mike , Cathie and all the McEneneys thank you you for your prayers and good wishes. Msgr. Brennan’s Mass this past Fiday with the Marists was special. Thank you all. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

[JR: I agree.  He’s my “class year” research head.]

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

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ENDNOTE: Gildea, Bill (MC1962) passed along an “Obit”


Gildea, Bill (MC1962)

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– Shared by an Emergency Room Nurse spending 12-hr shifts triaging increasing numbers of non-emergency millenials … – J


Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm, life isn’t always fair, and maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you earn) and reliable parenting (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned, but overbearing, regulations were set in place.

Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate, teenagers suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition. Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job they had themselves failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer paracetamol, sun lotion or plaster to a pupil, but could not inform the parents when a pupil became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, churches became businesses and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home, but the burglar could sue you for assault because you protected yourself and your own.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live after a woman failed to realise that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust, his wife, Discretion, his daughter, Responsibility and his son, Reason. He is survived by three stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, Someone Else is to Blame, and I’m A Victim. Not many attended his funeral because so few realised he was gone.

If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

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It’s interesting that Gooferment Skrules feature large in this rant.

I heard on a podcast (1) recently that the Protestants wanted to get “their” religion into schools but keep the Catholic “religion” out.  So that’s how we wound up with the Prussian model Gooferment Skrules.  Now run the video tape forward a few decades, and how did that work out for them?  Everyone is “upset”, often “outraged”, about what is being “taught”.  (My gripe is the worship of “Father State” and “Mother Earth”.  Others have different gripes. BUT, and there is always a BIG butt, it’s typical Gooferment “one size fits all” and it ain’t your “size”!)

“It’s a big club, and you ain’t in it! You, and I, are not in the big club.” — George Carlin

I’d suggest that you listen to the podcast a few times to really “grok” the guy’s idea of “being your own representative”.

FWIW YMMV TANSTAAFL (“There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch” From Robert Heinlein’s classic)

(1) Murphy, Robert. “Ep. 42 Former Military Intelligence Sergeant Donnie Gebert Explains That a Direct Republic Is Now Possible.” Bob Murphy Show, 25 June 2019, https://www.bobmurphyshow.com/ep-42-former-military-intelligence-officer-donnie-gebert/

JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) celebrates Independence Day


Good Morning All,

You are on my mind and in my heart as we celebrate another glorious 4th in our beautiful Country. We give thanks and remember the men and women that put our Nation together, that built the foundation for the USA. We give thanks for our Freedoms, for our Liberty, for our Beliefs, for our Faith, for those intrepid Men and Women of our Military and Law Enforcement that step up and show up every day to keep us free. God Bless you and your Families, we have so much to celebrate and so many to thank. God Bless America and continue to Watch over us.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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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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