Sunday 02 January 2005

Dear Jaspers,

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We Jan 19 - Manhattan College De La Salle Medal Dinner
---Waldorf-Astoria, New York City honoring Sy Sternberg
--- CEO New York Life Insurance
--- Dinner Chairman:
--- Peter M. Musumeci, Jr. '72
--- William Hannon '69
--- John E. Roth '70
--- On-line Registration

We Jan 26  - Treasure Coast FL Alumni Holiday Inn
--- on US 1 in Stuart, Florida at noon
--- contact Ed Plumeau '52A c/o Jasper Jottings

Sa Feb 12 - Family Day  Draddy Gym

We Mar 9 - Teacher Recruitment Event 2:30pm  Smith Auditorium

Representatives from various school districts and private schools will be attending.  At the last event the Yonkers Board of Education, Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES, New York City Department of Education were among the attendees along with representatives from The Archdiocese of New York, Diocese of Brooklyn and the Bronx Diocese.  The event will begin with a panel of speakers representing the districts and private schools who will provide advice and suggestions about their interview and application processes.

Sa Mar 12 11am - Naples FL St. Patrick's day parade
--- Manhattan Alum for the 4th year will march as a unit; all are welcome including
--- family members and friends reception follows the parade 
--- Contact Jim Connors (57B) c/o jottings

Su Mar 13 1PM - Jaspers of SW Florida annual luncheon
--- at pelican's nest golf club in bonita springs ($20)
--- reception at Jim Connors' residence in pelican landing at 11:
--- Contact Jim Connors (57B) c/o jottings

We Mar 16 Treasure Coast FL Alumni Holiday Inn
--- on US 1 in Stuart, Florida at noon
--- contact Ed Plumeau '52A c/o Jasper Jottings

Wkend Apr 2-3 '05
--- Relay For Life '04 was a first time event for Manhattan College, and
--- we helped raise close to $20,000. How will you get involved and make
--- this year's Relay For Life even more successful
--- Form teams with alumni (Class of '79, 82, etc.)
--- Form Teams with family and/or co-workers
--- Sponsor student teams on-campus
--- Find companies that can help underwrite the event
--- Speak on your experiences of Cancer in your life at the event
--- Be part of the planning team for Relay for Life '05
----- Contact Kinah Ventura-Rosas at 718-862-7477
----- or e-mail at kinah.ventura AT

Sa Jun 18  -- at --  8:30am George Sheehan Five Mile Run Redbank, NJ
--- In Honor of George Sheehan -Manhattan College class of 1940 
--- Meet at Brannigan's Pub in Red Bank, NJ after the race 
--- Info: Jim Malone Class of 1983



My list of Jaspers who are in harms way:
- Afghanistan
- - Feldman, Aaron (1997)
- Iraq
- - Mortillo, Steven F., son of Mortillo, Steve (1980)
- - Sekhri, Sachin (2000)
… … my thoughts are with you and all that I don't know about.


Bodies Piled on Asian Coasts, Tsunami Kills 22,000
Dec 27, 10:41 AM (ET)
By Chamintha Thilakarathna

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Rescuers scoured the sea for missing tourists in Asia Monday and fears of disease grew as emergency services struggled with rotting bodies from a devastating tsunami that killed more than 22,000 people.

The disaster spared no one. Western tourists were killed sunbathing on beaches, poor villagers drowned in homes by the sea and fishermen died in flimsy boats. The 21-year-old grandson of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej was killed on a jet-ski.

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One can only say a prayer for the dead. But we can recognize how fragile life is and how unprepared we are when events overtake us. In the coming days and weeks, we’ll learn the true count, but sooner or later the events will fade from our attention. How many of us will use this to reexamine how we live? For my part, I am going pick up some more cans of Dinty Moore stew. My Y2K supplies have all dwindled down and could use a refresh.

Recently, out on the interstate, scores of people were stranded. No casualties as far as I have heard due to the fast action of local farmers. We all share the duty as “our brother’s keeper”. Maybe a prayer for all the rescuers around the globe is in order.

But, if you do give money, for any of the worthwhile demands for our attention and charity, watch out for the scammers. You know the human vultures who prey on any situation. And, it wasn’t just “little guys” who feathered their own nests at the expense of the helpless. Remember after 9/11, how some of the “big charities” were caught taking 9/11 donations and putting it in their general funds for “operating expenses” like salaries and perks. So remember the “rules” for effective compassion and don’t be a good-hearted sucker.

Jaspers are an “easy touch” but we are from New York!

Reflect well on our alma mater, this week, every week, in any and every way possible, large or small. God bless.

"Collector-in-chief" John






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Sapossnek, Mark



Wood, William A.



Leary, John W.



Blanco, Fr. John



McEneney, Mike



Pratt, Charlie



Connors, James



Serrone, Aniceto J.



Valenti, Raymond



Turini, Barry L.



Greeley, Joseph R.



Egbert, Kenneth G. Jr.



Coleman, James K.



Lutz, Peter F.



Sekhri, Sachin









Blanco, Fr. John



Coleman, James K.



Connors, James



Egbert, Kenneth G. Jr.



Greeley, Joseph R.



Leary, John W.



Lutz, Peter F.



McEneney, Mike



Pratt, Charlie



Sapossnek, Mark



Sekhri, Sachin



Serrone, Aniceto J.



Turini, Barry L.



Valenti, Raymond



Wood, William A.





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[Collector's prayer: And, may perpetual light shine on our fellow departed Jaspers, and all the souls of the faithful departed.]

Your assistance is requested in finding these. Please don’t assume that I will “catch” it via an automated search. Sometimes the data just doesn’t makes it’s way in.


Austin American-Statesman (Texas)
December 26, 2004 Sunday

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William Wood M.D.

William A. Wood M.D. passed away on Friday, December 24, 2004, at his residence in Leander, Texas. Born in Staten Island, New York, on November 8, 1927, Bill married his lifelong love Alice Stanton on September 3, 1949. He graduated from Manhattan College, New York, with a Bachelor of Science degree, received his masters degree from George Washington University in Washington D.C. and his M.D. from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. As a family practitioner for over forty years he touched the lives of many, both as physician and friend.

Preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Anna Mae he is survived by his wife Alice; his daughter, Cynthia of Georgetown; his son, Christopher of Leander, his son, Scott of San Marcos, his son, Bill and wife Patti; along with grandchildren, Carly and Shawnee of Incline Village, Nevada. Brothers, John Wood of Boca Raton and Raymond Wood of West Palm West Palm Beach, Florida; and sister, Eileen Kot of Naples, Florida, also survive Bill.

Memorial Mass will be held at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church on Tuesday, December 28, 2004, at 5:00 p.m. The church is located in Cedar Park at 1101 New Hope Drive. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be sent to Scott & White Hospice, 2401 South 31st Street, Temple, Texas 76508.

Arrangements under the direction of Beck Funeral Home, Cedar Park/Leander, 259-1610.

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LOAD-DATE: December 26, 2004

[MCdb: It has a William Wood Class of 1982. Not likely unless he graduated at age 55. I am sure he did better than that. So I would guess he is Class of 1949???]




The Times Union (Albany, New York)
December 23, 2004 Thursday

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. -- John W. Leary Jr., 73, of Lochlea Lane, Lake George, died December 21, 2004 in North Adams Regional Hospital in North Adams, Mass., after a long illness.

Born in Albany, he was the son of the late John W. Leary Sr. and Ethelyn (Bogart) Leary of Loudonville. Mr.

Leary graduated from Christian Brothers Academy in 1949 and attended Manhattan College. He married the former Mary Alice Rooney.

He is survived by his son, J.W. Leary III (Cailin Brown); two grandchildren, Fiona and Liam of Albany; and his brother, Fredric D. Leary M.D. (Jeannine Chagnon) of Sahuarita, Ariz.; many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private, at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lake George Emergency Squad, Gage Road, Lake George, NY 12845. Arrangements are under the direction of Stafford Funeral Home, Inc. of Lake George.

LOAD-DATE: December 23, 2004

[MCdb: No record found. My guess Class of 1952?]




[JR: I'm going to try a new section for "updates". These are changes that "pop" in from the various sources that are not really from the news. I thought it might be valuable to alert old friends seeking to reconnect or "youngsters" seeking a networking contact with someone who might have a unique viewpoint that they are interested in. This is a benefit of freeing up time trying to make email work by "outsourcing" the task to Yahoo.]

Egbert, Kenneth G. Jr. (1978)
D.N.E. Security Communications
Bronx, New York 10463-3805

Turini, Barry L. (1971)
Account Manager Consumer and Industrial Specialties
Rohm and Haas Company
Kingwood, TX 77345





December 26, 2004 Sunday X Edition
HEADLINE: S.J. Track Hall welcomes first class
Courier-Post staff

The South Jersey Track Coaches Association has announced the names of the first class of inductees to the Commerce Bank Track and Field Hall of Fame.

The induction banquet and ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, March 20, 2005, at Lucien's Manor on Rt. 30 in Berlin.

All those interested in banquet ticket information should contact Mike Yurcho at (856) 983-4483 or log onto the South Jersey Track Coaches Web site at

The inductees are:

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A 1951 graduate of Palmyra High School, Charlie Pratt won a total of five state championships in such events as the high hurdles, low hurdles and long jump. Pratt then attended Manhattan College, winning four IC4A Championships in his career in the high hurdles, low hurdles and long jump. As a senior, Pratt was the NCAA low hurdles champion in 1955. After graduation, Pratt was the National Champion in the low hurdles in both 1955 and 1956 and the decathlon in 1957.

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LOAD-DATE: December 29, 2004

[MCdb: 1955 ]




Dufresne-Henry Promotes Eight Staff Members
For immediate release – December 15, 2004
Contact: Patti Bacon, marketing manager/publicist – 802-886-2261
Download photographs of these individuals at

NORTH SPRINGFIELD, Vt.—Dufresne-Henry has recognized the achievements of eight staff members by promoting them to new positions in the company.

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Joseph R. Greeley, P.E., a senior project manager in the firm, has been promoted to vice president. Greeley works from the company’s Port Charlotte, Florida office where he specializes in the design, construction and operation of environmental facilities. He has more than 27 years of experience in the engineering profession. Greeley is a graduate of Manhattan College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

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###end of release###

[MCdb: 1973 ]





Home Field
Germany native DiSanto finds a home away from home in Clovis West sports, family
By Margaret Slaby
McClatchy News Service
Published 12/24/04 09:40:31

Angela DiSanto may be 17 years old and thousands of miles from home, but she's having the time of her life, thank you very much.

Foreign exchange student Angela DiSanto plays on the Clovis West JV soccer team. 

Does she miss her family in Frankfurt, Germany?

Of course.

Does she miss hanging out at clubs with friends on Friday and Saturday nights?


Does she miss the convenience of the subway and bus systems that crisscross the city where she was born, making getting from one place to another simple?


Does she miss the much smaller German schools where each day brings different classes?


But for the last four months -- and the next six -- DiSanto will sacrifice those things to live in Fresno and attend Clovis West High School. DiSanto is one of 14 high school students who arrived from Germany in August to live with host families as part of International Education Limited; five leave in January and the rest stay until June. Eighteen more students will arrive in January for the spring semester. Students typically are 16 or 17 years old. All have spending money and medical insurance.

"It's like you have another family member," says International Education Limited program director Regina Bach, who became involved seven years ago when she hosted a student. "It's neat how they (host families) open their hearts."

And their homes.

DiSanto, who has never been to the United States before, is living with the Williams family -- mom Cheryl and dad Randall -- and enjoying all the high school sports and activities. Sons Ryan Williams, a 1999 Clovis West graduate, and Rhett Williams, a 2004 Clovis West graduate, don't live at home but have become quite fond of the girl they've dubbed "Little Sis."

That affection goes both ways.

"I enjoy my family," DiSanto says. "We do a lot of stuff together. They're so nice and they make me laugh always. We are very busy, and I enjoy it."

The family spends many weekends at its beach house in Cayucos. They've taken DiSanto to Disneyland and San Francisco. While in San Francisco, DiSanto bought two dresses for the winter formals she will attend at Clovis West and Clovis East high schools.

DiSanto also is playing organized sports for the first time, on the urging of Cheryl, who saw the benefits Ryan and Rhett received from water polo. DiSanto, who ran for Clovis West's junior varsity girls cross country team in the fall and is playing JV girls soccer now, says organized sports are not popular in Frankfurt.

"I've met a lot of friends from cross country," says DiSanto, who plans to join Clovis West's track and field team in the spring.

Even though DiSanto didn't join the cross country team until September (the Golden Eagles began training in June), it was like she'd been there all along, head coach Barbara Bethel says.

"She fit right in with the group," Bethel says. "She tried really hard and she didn't give up."

DiSanto traveled with the team to New York in October to run in the 32nd annual Manhattan College Invitational. While there, the team visited several landmarks, including Ground Zero, the Statue of Liberty and Times Square.

"I really like New York," DiSanto says. "It reminds me of Frankfurt, all of the tall buildings, the city so busy, the subways and buses. I felt very well in New York."

Cheryl Williams says DiSanto, who is a citizen of both Germany and Italy as her parents were born in Italy, is the daughter she never had.

"She has brought so much to us," says Williams, a Clovis High teacher who first hosted a student last year. "She has brought the culture. She has brought a different way of life. She has brought love and joy."

DiSanto says she will have many stories to share when she returns home in June, where she will have three more years of school followed by four years at the university, where she hopes to study language or computers. There will be stories of picking out an "American Christmas tree," of eating Mexican food for the first time, of cooking pasta for the Williamses and of enjoying all of the rides at Disneyland.

"I miss my friends and my family," DiSanto says. "I spend a lot of time with them and it's very hard to be separated from them. But on the other hand, I have a new family and new friends.

"On the one hand I'm very sad I have to leave in June, but I know my family and all my friends are waiting for me so that's happy. I know I will cry when it's time to go."

Note: Host families still are needed for the students arriving in January. More information may be obtained by calling 940-4715.

[JR: Interesting the impact Manhattan College can have. The Invitational draws coverage and repeated mentions. Maybe we’ll get a future BBall player, a future Nobel winner, or just a good soul to study at MC.  ]




Naismith event opens Jan. 2
Thursday, December 23, 2004
By DICK BAKER rbaker -- at --

The Naismith Basketball Classic has been around so long that University of Massachusetts men's head coach Steve Lappas was on the sidelines during the second year of the Springfield College hosted tourney.

And he lost twice, including an 86-79 defeat to Springfield in the consolation game,

It was 1989, and Lappas was a rookie college coach at Manhattan College, which finished 7-21 that season. Eventual tourney champion Bucknell beat Manhattan 75-56 in the first round.

Hal Wissel was the Springfield coach in the victory over Lappas' team. SC set a tournament record in that game that still stands, going to the line for 46 shots. Manhattan had 23. Springfield ended the year 9-17.

Lappas went on to turn the Manhattan program around. He was 11-17 his second season, 13-15 the third, and 25-9 in his final year before heading to Villanova.

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CIC'S SUGGESTION: Everyone who works for a major corporation should send resumes placed here into their HR system or department. While you may not see the value, it may be that one thing that delivers an opportunity to a fellow Jasper that changes their life.

FROM THE COLLEGE’S WEB SITE: Your resume can be sent to employers who contact our office seeking to fill positions. For more information contact the Recruitment Coordinator at (718) 862-7965 or Email to

Actual jobs at MC are at: 

[No Resumes]

[JR: The following is a beta job site with local capability … most interesting. ]





The only reason for putting this here is to give us a chance to attend one of these games and support "our" team.

Date Day Sport Opponent Location Time/Result

1/3/05 Monday M. Basketball   at Wichita State   Wichita, KS   8:05 PM
1/5/05 Wednesday M. Basketball   North Dakota State   HOME   7:00 PM
1/6/05 Thursday Track & Field   Fordham Invitational   HOME   11:00 AM
1/7/05 Friday Track & Field   Fordham Invitational *   New York, NY   11:00 AM
1/8/05 Saturday W. Basketball   Niagara*   HOME   2:00 PM
1/9/05 Sunday M. Basketball   at Marist*   Poughkeepsie, NY   4:00 PM
1/10/05 Monday W. Basketball   Canisius*   HOME   7:00 PM
1/13/05 Thursday M. Basketball   Niagara*   HOME   7:00 PM
1/14/05 Friday Track & Field   Manhattan Invitational   HOME   TBA 
1/14/05 Friday Track & Field   NYU Invitational *   New York, NY   1:00 PM
1/14/05 Friday W. Basketball   at Rider*   Lawrenceville, NJ   7:00 PM
1/15/05 Saturday Track & Field   Manhattan Invitational   HOME   TBA 
1/15/05 Saturday M. Basketball   Iona*   HOME   2:00 PM
1/16/05 Sunday W. Basketball   at Siena*   Loudonville, NY   3:00 PM
1/17/05 Monday M. Basketball   St. Peter's*   HOME   7:00 PM
1/20/05 Thursday M. Basketball   at Canisius*   Buffalo, NY   7:00 PM
1/20/05 Thursday W. Basketball   at St. Peter's*   Jersey City, NJ   7:00 PM
1/21/05 Friday M. Tennis   University of Buffalo   HOME   8:30 PM
1/22/05 Saturday Track & Field   West Point   West Point, NY   11:00 AM
1/22/05 Saturday M. Basketball   at Niagara*   Niagara Falls, NY   2:00 PM
1/22/05 Saturday W. Basketball   at Marist*   Poughkeepsie, NY   5:00 PM
1/27/05 Thursday W. Basketball   Rider*   HOME   7:00 PM
1/27/05 Thursday M. Basketball   at Rider*   Lawrenceville, NJ   7:30 PM
1/28/05 Friday M. Tennis   Columbia Tournament   New York, NY   All Day 
1/29/05 Saturday M. Tennis   Columbia Tournament   New York, NY   TBA 
1/29/05 Saturday Track & Field   Metropolitan Championships   HOME   8:00 AM
1/29/05 Saturday W. Swimming   C.W. Post   HOME   2:00 PM
1/30/05 Sunday M. Tennis   Columbia Tournament   New York, NY   TBA 
1/30/05 Sunday Track & Field   Metropolitan Championships *   New York, NY   12:00 PM
1/30/05 Sunday W. Basketball   Siena*   HOME   2:00 PM
1/30/05 Sunday M. Basketball   Fairfield*   HOME   4:00 PM

If you do go support "our" teams, I'd appreciate any reports or photos. What else do us old alums have to do?



Sports from College  


Edison, NJ (December 27, 2004)- Manhattan College senior guard Donnette Reed earned MAAC Player of the Week honors, and freshman guard Gabrielle Cottrell earned MAAC Rookie of the Week honors, it was announced today by the conference office. Reed has now earned Player of the Week honors twice so far this season, while this is the first time that Cottrell has received Rookie of the Week accolades.


Riverdale, NY (December 27, 2004)- Manhattan College freshman guard/forward CJ Anderson (Cincinnati, OH/Winton Woods/Laurinbrug Prep) was named MAAC Rookie of the Week for the week ending December 26, it was announced today by the conference office. This is the fourth time this season that Anderson has received this honor.


Staten Island, NY (December 28, 2004)- Despite shooting 25.8% from the field, Manhattan escaped from the Spiro Sports Center with a hard-fought, 44-39 victory over Wagner tonight. In her first collegiate start, freshman Aubrie Dellinger led Manhattan with 11 points. Joy Gallagher led all scorers with 13 for the Seahawks.


Villanova, PA (December 30, 2004)- Liad Suez scored 13 of her 18 points in the first half to lead Villanova to a 64-36 victory over Manhattan tonight at the Pavilion in Villanova, PA. The Wildcats held the Lady Jaspers to 16 second-half points and 28.3% shooting from the field for the game. Senior Serra Sangar led the Lady J's with 12 points.


Riverdale, NY (December 30, 2004)- Wisconsin-Milwaukee used a 13-0 run to open overtime to defeat Manhattan, 88-78, tonight at Draddy Gym. Peter Mulligan led all scorers with 24 points as the Jaspers fell to 4-4 on the season. The Panthers improved to 7-3.



Sports from Other Sources

[JR: At the risk of losing some of my aura of omnipotence or at least omni-pia-presence, you can see Jasper Sports stories at: so for brevity’s sake I will not repeat them here. I will just report the ones that come to my attention and NOT widely reported. No sense wasting electrons!]


The Times Union (Albany, New York)
December 24, 2004 Friday
HEADLINE: She's red hot with Big Green's hockey team
BYLINE: By BILL ARSENAULT Special to the Times Union

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Reilly, Foley qualify

Manhattan College senior Matt Reilly of Burnt Hills (Burnt Hills High) and freshman Michael Foley of Ballston Spa (Saratoga Springs High), along with junior twin brothers Todd and Tyler Raymond of Scotia (Scotia High) qualified for the IC4A Championships after winning the 1,600 relay at the Christmas Invitational in the Lombardi Field House on the campus of Fordham University in the Bronx recently.

The foursome captured the event in 7:50.6. The IC4As will be held March 3-5 in Boston.

The foursome will try to better that effort when the Jaspers return to Lombardi Field House Thursday, Jan. 6, for the Fordham Invitational.

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The New York Post
December 23, 2004 Thursday
SECTION: Metro; Pg. 61

You hear the criticism every time a local college hoops team stumbles: Why don’t they recruit the city?

Fair point. But you’ll never hear that about Iona. Ever.

And it’s no accident that of the 12 players on the Gaels’ roster, seven played their high school ball for New York City’s prestigious CHSAA.

Three current Gaels called the Bronx’s All Hallows their high school home, while two played for St. Raymond’s (Bronx) and one each for Rice (Manhattan) and Christ the King (Queens).

It’s a method of recruiting that area schools such as Fordham and St. John’s fail to employ. Manhattan College, arguably the top city program, has three former CHSAA stars on its roster.

"It’s a conscious effort," Iona coach Jeff Ruland said. "It’s one of the best league’s in the country, bar none. They’ve been coached the right way and they realize they’re students first. Not just athletes."

So far, the recruiting strategy has worked. While Iona’s record of 2-6 fails to impress anybody, the Gaels’ top two scorers are products of the city game. Steve Burtt, who played for Rice, leads the team in scoring with 16.9 points per game.

"The intensity of defense and the mindset that defense is first is the same as it was in high school," Burtt said before last night’s game with Virginia Comonwealth.

Ricky Soliver, who ranks second on the team in scoring with 15.6 ppg, is part of the trio who graduated from All Hallows.

"There’s a certain discipline that you get in Catholic school," Soliver said. "Even now, I can’t go to the bathroom during class. I know the professor doesn’t care, but I just can’t do it."

Those similarities are what drew so many CHSAA kids to Iona, also a Catholic school. Justin Marshall, who played at Christ the King, yearned for familiarity when looking for a college. He got that at Iona.

"There were a lot of kids I knew before I came here," said Marshall, who played against current teammates while in high school and with teammate Tariq Atkins for the New York Ravens in AAU. "I like seeing the same faces. It’s like high school, except an older crowd. Everybody knows how to play the game, everybody’s played in big games."

GRAPHIC: STAYS HOME: Iona coach Jeff Ruland thinks there’s no better place to recruit than in New York City.

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Childress making an impact at Sewanee
Colleen Cox
Herald-Citizen Staff

Taylor posts double-double

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Former Cookeville High star Ashley Taylor recorded a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds to go along with three assists in Dartmouth's 66-52 win over Manhattan College last Sunday. Taylor scored 12 points and pulled down eight rebounds in a 74-71 win over the University of Illinois-Chicago Thursday.

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REPLACED: Ex-MetroStar Billy Walsh resigned as Manhattan College coach and was replaced by Dominican College coach Michael Swanwick.

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Arizona's Stoudamire sizzles in return

By The Associated Press  |  December 22, 2004

TUCSON, Ariz. --A one-game suspension did wonders for Salim Stoudamire's attitude -- and his picture-perfect shooting touch. The senior guard returned to coach Lute Olson's good graces and matched his career high with seven 3-pointers, leading No. 14 Arizona a 105-75 rout of Manhattan on Tuesday night.

Stoudamire finished with 23 points on 7-of-9 shooting in 20 minutes.

"I wanted to have fun, regardless of if I played good or not," he said.

In other games involving ranked teams Tuesday, it was: No. 3 Oklahoma State 92, Northwestern Oklahoma State 35; No. 4 North Carolina 93, Vermont 65; No. 13 Gonzaga 83, Eastern Washington 70; No. 16 North Carolina State 72, Brigham Young 61; No. 17 Iowa 83, Texas Tech 53; No. 18 Louisville 80, IUPUI 60; and No. 23 Michigan State 76, UCLA 64.

Stoudamire was suspended for Saturday's win at Marquette because of his pouting in the previous game against Utah, when he was held scoreless for the third time in his 101 college games and took a career-low one shot. Arizona beat Marquette 48-43, but it was the Wildcats' lowest point total in 19 years.

The Wildcats passed that total in less than 20 minutes against the Jaspers, taking a 57-29 halftime lead.

Stoudamire didn't start, but entered with 14:49 to play in the first half and scored 11 points in the next seven minutes. Arizona led by as many as 43 points in the second half and finished 13-for-21 on 3s.

Asked if this suspension would be a permanent fix for what has been an ongoing problem with his moody guard, Olson said, "I hope so, because I'm out of ideas."

"Salim is a very nice young man, and he needs to show it," Olson said.

Stoudamire made his first seven 3-pointers, then threw up an air ball in an attempt to tie Jason Gardner's school record.

"He got hit on the elbow, or that one might have gone in, too," Olson said.

Channing Frye added 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Wildcats (8-2), who won their fifth straight in their highest-scoring game of the season. Jawann McClellan scored 12 and Isaiah Fox had 11 for Arizona.

"Everybody said we were in a scoring drought," Frye said. "I guess this raises our average a little bit."

Freshman C.J. Anderson scored 22 points on 7-for-9 shooting for Manhattan (4-3). Arturo Dubois added 17 points and Peter Mulligan had 14 for the Jaspers, who committed 24 turnovers. Mulligan had eight of them and Jason Wingate seven.

"We came out a little surprised by their quickness and athleticism," Manhattan coach Bobby Gonzalez said. "They really put it together tonight."

It was the worst loss in Gonzalez's six seasons with the Jaspers, and the first time since 1990 that Manhattan had allowed an opponent to score 100 points.

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[JR:  Too bad he had to “get his head in the game” against us. Sigh.  ]


ARIZONA 105, MANHATTAN 75: Salim Stoudamire matched his career-best with seven 3-pointers, leading the No. 14 Wildcats (8-2) over the visiting Jaspers (4-3). Stoudamire finished with 23 points. Freshman C.J. Anderson scored 22 points on 7-for-9 shooting for Manhattan. Arturo Dubois added 17 points and Peter Mulligan had 14 for the Jaspers, who committed 24 turnovers. Mulligan had eight of them and Jason Wingate seven.


Slam Dunk Challenge: White Plains defeats Iona Prep 53-35
(Original publication: December 30, 2004)

WHITE PLAINS — The White Plains Tigers knew that Iona Prep couldn't beat them at their game.

The problem for the Tigers in the first quarter of the teams' semifinal meeting yesterday in the Slam Dunk Challenge at the Westchester County Center was that the Gaels wouldn't let them play it.

But a defensive adjustment in the second quarter helped the Tigers (6-1) get the tempo in their favor and the result was a 53-35 victory.

White Plains will play the winner of the Peekskill-McQuaid Jesuit semifinal in the championship game today at 8 p.m. Iona Prep faces the Peekskill-McQuaid Jesuit loser in the third-place game at 4:30 p.m.

The game started with Iona Prep (2-2) able to play the way it did in pulling off the upset of the three-day tournament, a 48-44 opening-round win against PSAL power Grady of Brooklyn.

The Gaels took a 7-6 lead yesterday on a pull-up jumper from the top of the key by Miro Fain (team-high 11 points) with 1:20 to go in the first period.

After a basket by junior guard David Boykin (eight points) gave the Tigers an 8-7 lead at the end of quarter, White Plains coach Spencer Mayfield decided to change strategy.

"(The Gaels) executed their offense very well in the first quarter," Mayfield said. "They made the extra pass and were able to bring the ball up against our press. So we went from a man press to a zone press."

The result was a 6-0 run which started with the final basket of the first quarter, ending with a fast-break basket by senior guard Carl Bartley, giving White Plains a 12-7 lead.

"We didn't come out with that fire we always have," said Bartley, who finished with 12 points. "But in the second quarter, we took the game to them."

"They were trying to slow things up," Boykin said. "We knew we had to put more pressure on them and play our tempo."

After White Plains went ahead 16-9, a 3-pointer by Iona Prep's David Reider pulled the Gaels within four. But the Tigers ended the quarter with a 16-4 run that made it a 31-14 game at the half.

The streak ended with a basket by senior star Devon Austin off a feed from Boykin on a fast break.

"We tried to speed up the game," Austin said. "David (Boykin) did a good job pushing the ball up."

The 6-foot-6 Austin scored 10 of his 15 points in the first half. But Iona Prep senior Jimmy Robertson's spirited defense on Austin kept the Manhattan College-bound star from doing more damage.

"I think (Iona Prep coach) Vic (Quirolo) is a real good coach," Mayfield said. "His kids play hard and he had a great game plan."

Said Quirolo: "We knew sooner or later, playing just six or seven guys and playing back-to-back games against their pressure defense, they were going to go on a run. We just hoped we could sustain that run, but we couldn't."

Reach Joe Lombardi at jlombard -- at -- or 914-666-6126.Reach Joe Lombardi at jlombard -- at -- or 914-666-6126.


Wis.-Milwaukee 88, Manhattan 78, OT
Thursday, December 30, 2004
(12-30) 23:33 PST RIVERDALE, N.Y. (AP) --

Boo Davis scored 22 points and Ed McCants added 21 as Wisconsin-Milwaukee beat Manhattan 88-78 in overtime Thursday night.

The Panthers (7-3) took control with a 13-0 run to open overtime.

Peter Mulligan scored 24 points for the Jaspers (4-4), and C.J. Anderson added 19.

Joah Tucker made a free throw with 1:52 remaining in regulation to give Wisconsin-Milwaukee a 63-60 lead, but Mike Konovelchick's four consecutive free throws gave the Jaspers a 64-63 lead with 57 seconds remaining.

Chris Hill's baseline jumper with 6 seconds left put the Panthers ahead 65-64. Manhattan tied it and sent it to overtime when Jason Wingate was fouled with 1.3 seconds left and made one of two free throws.

The Panthers were 5-of-6 from the field and made all 12 of their free throws in overtime. Manhattan shot 5-of-10 from the field, but only was 2-for-2 from the foul line.

The Panthers outrebounded the Jaspers 37-31 and forced 16 turnovers while giving up 11.



Davis resurfaces as UWM prevails
Officiating troubles Jaspers coach
By DAN MANOYAN dmanoyan -- at --
Posted: Dec. 31, 2004

Riverdale, N.Y. - The old adage about New York City is that friendly faces are few and far between.

Box Score: UWM 88, Manhattan 78

In that case, count the UW-Milwaukee Panthers thrice blessed. They found not one, not two but three friendly- not to mention familiar - faces awaiting them Thursday night at Manhattan College’s Draddy Gymnasium.

Because this was a return match of the Bracket Buster game last year in which officials from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference were employed in Milwaukee, a Horizon League crew of Tim Hutchinson, Lamont Simpson and Winston Stith worked the game in New York. The Panthers needed every break they could get, as they turned back the Jaspers, 88-78 in overtime, overcoming an 11-point first-half deficit.

“It felt like a road game to me tonight,” Manhattan coach Bobby Gonzalez said after watching his team fall to 4-4. “I guess it was because the officiating crew was from the other conference.”

It’s little wonder that Gonzalez was scratching his head. His team outshot the Panthers 52.5% (31 for 59) to 40% (24 for 60), but lost the game at the free-throw line.

UWM (7-3) converted 35 of 40 free throws (12 of 12 in overtime), compared with Manhattan’s 12 of 19. The Jaspers were whistled for 30 personals - including a technical to Gonzalez - and the Panthers were called for 20 fouls.

“Are you kidding me?” Panthers coach Bruce Pearl said when asked about the foul situation. “I’m not even going to go there.”

With the Panthers struggling on offense, the 35 converted free throws were a godsend. But the re-emergence of Boo Davis, who scored a personal-high 22 points, was more important.

After a strong start at UWM, the junior-college transfer who red-shirted last season had basically disappeared during the Panthers’ trip and lost his starting point-guard job to Chris Hill against Kansas.

“I just needed to settle down, make a few shots and get a little more confidence,” Davis said.

“You’ve got to trust what you know, not always what you see,” Pearl said when asked about Davis’ performance.

The player who benefited most from Davis’ outburst was Ed McCants. When Gonzalez finally decided to shift the focus of his defense toward Davis and away from McCants in the overtime, McCants took over.

McCants, who had just nine points in the first 40 minutes, scored 12 in the overtime period to check in with 21.






From: Serrone, Aniceto J. (1959)
Bcc: Jasper Jottings
Subject: FW: Crosses on Federal Property
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2004 20:24:52 -0500

What is next?

A Cross on Federal property????
   Did you see in the news last week where
    the A C L U doesn't want any crosses
    on any Federal property?
               Well duh......... (Scroll Down)

[JR:    Picture of what appears to be a federal military cemetery ]

        Let them try and remove these!! What are these people thinking?? At what point do we say, enough is enough? Please pass this on to as many people possible as quickly as you can even if you normally don't do this type of thing. Some messages just need to be forwarded and this is most certainly one of them. Please take the time

[JR:  I see this stuff forwarded around the inet all the time. I’m really not sure how much good it does. Any concrete suggestions?  ]




[JR:  When this popped in, I almost fell oft the chair!]

From: Sekhri, Sachin (2000)
To: John Reinke
Subject: Jasper Jottings
Date: Sat, 25 Dec 2004 00:42:26 -0500

Mr. Reinke,

I don't know you, but periodically I do a search on my name on google to see what things are on the internet about me.

Needless to say, I was a little surprised to see my name in "Jaspers in harms way" in your 11/21/2004 publication.

As you can tell, I'm doing ok (still in harms way).  I was wondering how you found out about my situation and the fact that I was in the military participating in operations overseas.

A little background on me -- graduated in 2000 with a BS in Chemical Engineering.  I'm a consultant for IBM in civilian life.  (I'm a member of the MA National Guard).

Thanks for your kind words and thoughts,


2LT Sachin Sekhri


From: John Reinke
To: Sekhri, Sachin (2000)
Subject: RE: Jasper Jottings
Date: Sat, 25 Dec 2004 22:29:40 -0500

Dear Jasper 2LT,

Funny I do the same thing, search the inet for my name. I run several ezines -- Jottings - you found, Reinke "ramblings", a high school one, etc -- so I am into this stuff. Ever since I heard about the reporter who found his credit card number just doing a casual search, I check also.

I am pleased that you found us and even more pleased that you're safe. Your brother ratted you out. I pinged him with an invite to our "club", which you are more than welcome to receive as well, and he spilled the beans.

Since then you've had the prayers and good wishes of a mob of your fellow Jaspers.

I collect Jasper news and distribute it to a bunch of our fellow Jaspers. It's weekly and very "rough" since it is a near zero cost one man show that I've been doing for more than 5 years. So I do internet searches, augmented by my readers submitting stuff (like in your case), to compose what I think is a unique little weekly.

Best wishes for a good Christmas and keep your head down,


From: Sekhri, Sachin (2000)
To: John.Reinke -- at --
Subject: Re: RE: Jasper Jottings
Date: Sun, 26 Dec 2004 18:40:17 -0500

Thanks again for your loyalty to Jaspers.  I'll be sure to take your advice by keeping my head down.

Happy New Year,


[JR: Upon reflection, the “advice” has been passed on from past generations of Jasper vets. In the war movies, the “good guys” always get shot when they stick their head up. When I was in survival school a grizzled old instructor old me PERSONALLY that if I didn’t get my head out of my (can one really put it there?) that I was going to get myself or my buddies killed. This was shortly after I navigated us over a small cliff in a night navigation exercise. I am sure I’d have done better if I had my <expletive deleted> GLASSES which were taken away as having been lost when we “ejected” since they weren’t tied down. Like I was athletic enough to get out of a C135 spinning down. Right! (BTW, I never did get to ride on an Air Force plane and served my time next to a Navy guy who in 8 years had never been on a Navy boat. Yeah, ship. Go figure). So, I guess the better advice is to keep your head in the game since there is no reset button. That and if you give us an address, we can send you “CARE” packages. Need any paperbacks, food, flak jackets, armor for the humvees? I probably can strip a shotgun and send it. If I can’t I’m sure someone at my (gun)club can show me how. Sort of like the MASH episode when Radar sent home a Jeep in reverse. Wanna send us your humveee?  ]




From: JAMES CONNORS (1957)
To: Distribute_Jasper_Jottings-owner -- at --
Subject: Re: [Distribute_Jasper_Jottings] This issue is at:
Date: Sun, 26 Dec 2004 09:51:10 -0500

On behalf of the jaspers of southwest florida, I would appreciate you including our March events in your listing of activities.

The Naples St. Patrick's day parade is Saturday, March 12 at 11am. Manhattan for the 4th year will march as a unit.  All are welcome including family members and friends. It is a great day. A reception follows the parade. Joe Dillon the alumni director will join our march this year.

The following morning March 13 is our annual luncheon at Pelican's Nest Golf Club in Bonita Springs.  Reception at Jim Connors’ residence in Pelican Landing precedes the luncheon at 11:30am. Luncheon is at 1pm cost is $20 per person.

Contact jim connors,57B c/o jottings for details.

[JR: Done. Take some pics for us?   ]




From: The reporting staff
To: Jasper Jottings
Subject: Manhattan College of Sacred Heart
Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2004 15:10:53 -0500

VUCANOVICH, Barbara Farrell, a Representative from Nevada; born Barbara Farrell in Camp Dix, New Jersey, June 22, 1921; attended Miss Quinn’s School, Albany, N.Y.; graduated from Albany Academy for Girls, Albany, N.Y., 1938; attended, Manhattan College of Sacred Heart, New York, N.Y., 1938-1939; businesswoman; staff, United States Senator Paul Laxalt of Nevada, 1974-1982; delegate, Republican National Convention, 1976 and 1980; elected as a Republican to the Ninety-eighth and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1983-January 3, 1997); not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Fifth Congress in 1996; member of the White House Commission to Select White House Fellows, 2002.

[JR:  I came across this gem when experimenting with a new search. Wasn’t this what Manhattan was called back then. I’ll have to ask my mom since she grew up near there. The College’s web site doesn’t give much detail. Help? ]




From: Lutz, Peter F. (1981)
To: Jasper Jottings
Subject: Search Multiple Job Websites
Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2004 22:38:58 -0500

I found this website this evening thru Ryze, an online social network that I am a member of. This site allows you to search multiple sites for jobs based on the keywords or state, zip code that you want to search on.

It appears to be a beta site which probably means it is a work in progress but it may be worth checking out.

Best wishes for a happy holiday season.


Peter Lutz

[JR: Yup interesting site. ]




From: Mike McEneney (1953)
To: John Reinke (1968)
Subject: Fr. John Blanco
Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2004 22:51:08 -0500

Dear John,

          The December, 2004 Edition of Catholic New York at page 58 reports that the Salesians of Don Bosco celebrated priests' and brothers' jubilees at a Mass at the Marian Shrine in Stony Point on October 16th. Among the priests' celebrating anniversaries was my classmate Fr. John Blanco '53 and a member the Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame, who celebrated his 40 years of priesthood. Congratulations to Fr. John!

                           Mike McEneney, Esq. '53 BBA

[JR: Did I detect a little Class of 1953 chest pounding and horn tooting there? ;-) Seriously great catch and a well deserved congrats!   ]




From: CIC
To: All hands
Subject: Jottings via RSS
Date: Wed, 29 Dec 2004 08:47:38 -0500

For the techno-geeks like me, I have an RSS feed of Jasper Jottings set up.

[JR: If you don’t know what RSS means, then there is a real great tutorial at: RSS is the reverse of a ezine pushed to you. With RSS, you “pull” the content to you. No spam. ]  




From: John Reinke (1968)
To: James K. Coleman (MC1980)
Subject: Dear fellow Jasper, an fyi for you <privacy invoked> doesn't work
Date: Wed, 29 Dec 2004 10:43:41 -0500

Dear fellow Jasper James'80,

FYI. The address that you put into the Manhattan College Alumni website <privacy invoked>  bounces.

(The fact that the bounce exposes the underlying address I plan to chat with the College about. But that is not what I was writing to you about. As the chief techie alumni pia!)

So if your fellow Jaspers try to email you it will not get through. Neither will the redirection service. So if you have given the address <privacy invoked>, the  -- at --, or were expecting to hear from class mates, it won't happen. I just thought I'd let you know in case you were expecting anything important.

I was emailing you about the Jasper Jottings weekly free ezine at If your interested, just send an email to Distribute_Jasper_Jottings-subscribe -- at -- with your name and class year and I'll hook you into the weekly distribution.

Hope you had a happy holy days and wishing you a merry new year,



From: postmaster -- at --
Sent: Wednesday, November 17, 2004 7:24 AM
To: reinkefj
Subject: Undeliverable Mail

Unknown host: <privacy invoked>

Dear fellow Jasper=20

Re: "Jasper Jottings"

Please excuse the intrusion, especially if you have been invited in the past and / or have unsubscribed in the past. I know I don't keep very good records, but, it's a one-man unofficial part-time hobby


[JR:  I googled him after the bounce and found this.  ]

James K. Coleman

James K. Coleman, a graduate of Manhattan College, has been actively involved in the commercial real estate business since 1982. Mr. Coleman has been active in all areas of sales, financing, ownership, renovation, leasing, property management, mortgage servicing and the conversion of rental housing in the metropolitan New York area. Additionally, Mr. Coleman has personally assisted in the due diligence, acquisition and disposition of bulk portfolios of REO's and non-performing loan packages for several investment groups.

In June 1990, Mr. Coleman became vice-president of Houlihan-Parnes, Realtors. This position involves assisting the partners of the firm in negotiating the purchase and sale of properties on their behalf. Additionally, Mr. Coleman oversees the Mortgage Servicing Department ensuring that the mortgage portfolio for the company is managed correctly. This includes negotiating modification and extension agreements, placement of new mortgages and overseeing foreclosures from beginning to end. Mr. Coleman is a Principal in the private mortgage lending program. He has been involved in this program for over 10 years and along with a group of investors, he has actively placed bridge loans to local operators totaling over 225 million dollars. He handles all aspects of this program from negotiations to commitments, closings and servicing of this portfolio.

Mr. Coleman is a partner in Metro Property Group LLC, a full service management company affiliated with Houlihan Parnes. Metro handles the day-to-day operation of multi-family, commercial and office buildings owned by investors and partners of Houlihan Parnes.

Mr. Coleman is on the Board of Governors of the Bronx-Manhattan Board of Realtors, and a director of the Bronx Realty Advisory Board. He is also a member of the National Realty Club. Mr. Coleman is an active member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, and The Ancient Order of Hibernians.


[JR: In the inet, privacy is an illusion.   ]



******** Historical Information ********

Jaspers found web-wise


Subject: zjasperfound: Valenti, Raymond (MC1970)
Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2004 14:54:37 -0500

Raymond Valenti, Math Dept.
Algebra teacher
Manhattan College, BS
Pace University, MBA
University of Houston, Math certification
AT STES since 2002
Classes Taught
Algebra I - 8th Grade Boys
Algebra I - 8th Grade Girls
Algebra II
Assignments posted on Homework Site.

Biographical Information

Raymond Valenti has the Texas certification to teach Mathematics, Economics and Business. He was previously a budget analyst for the Dept. of Army and in private industry. Mr. Valenti has spent 24 years in education, including teaching at the college level at Houston Community College.

Mr. Valenti is a diehard baseball fan of the New York/San Francisco Giants. He travels to San Francisco annually for a Giants homestand. He and his wife like to cruise/travel. They have been to eastern and western Canada three times. The Valentis also enjoy attending plays, museums and sporting events.




Subject: zjasperfound: Sapossnek, Mark (MC????)
Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2004 14:57:58 -0500

Mark Sapossnek has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College, a master's degree in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. The first half of his career was spent building software tools for mechanical design: computer graphics, solid modeling, design and analysis tools, and expert systems. Since 1993, he has been building client/server, n-tier and Web-based applications for a number of companies. He is currently a Senior Consultant in the New England practice of Microsoft Consulting Services. In addition, for the past two years Mark has been teaching at the Computer Science Department of the Metropolitan College at Boston University.






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Curmudgeon's Final Words This Week

Scrooge Defended
by Michael Levin

=== <begin quote> ===

It's Christmas again, time to celebrate the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge. You know the ritual: boo the curmudgeon initially encountered in Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, then cheer the sweetie pie he becomes in the end. It's too bad no one notices that the curmudgeon had a point—quite a few points, in fact.

To appreciate them, it is necessary first to distinguish Scrooge's outlook on life from his disagreeable persona. He is said to have a pointed nose and a harsh voice, but not all hardheaded businessmen are so lamentably endowed, nor are their feckless nephews (remember Fred?) alwavs "ruddy and handsome," and possessed of pretty wives. These touches of the storyteller's art only bias the issue.

So let's look without preconceptions at Scrooge's allegedly underpaid clerk, Bob Cratchit. The fact is, if Cratchit's skills were worth more to anyone than the fifteen shillings Scrooge pays him weekly, there would be someone glad to offer it to him. Since no one has, and since Cratchit's profit-maximizing boss is hardly a man to pay for nothing, Cratchit must be worth exactly his present wages.

No doubt Cratchit needs—i.e., wants—more, to support his family and care for Tiny Tim. But Scrooge did not force Cratchit to father children he is having difficulty supporting. If Cratchit had children while suspecting he would be unable to afford them, he, not Scrooge, is responsible for their plight. And if Cratchit didn't know how expensive they would be, why must Scrooge assume the burden of Cratchit's misjudgment?

As for that one lump of coal Scrooge allows him, it bears emphasis that Cratchit has not been chained to his chilly desk. If he stays there, he shows by his behavior that he prefers his present wages-plus-comfort package to any other he has found, or supposes himself likely to find. Actions speak louder than grumbling, and the reader can hardly complain about what Cratchit evidently finds satisfactory.

More notorious even than his miserly ways are Scrooge's cynical words. "Are there no prisons," he jibes when solicited for charity, "and the Union workhouses?"

Terrible, right? Lacking in compassion?

Not necessarily. As Scrooge observes, he supports those institutions with his taxes. Already forced to help those who can't or won't help themselves, it is not unreasonable for him to balk at volunteering additional funds for their extra comfort.

Scrooge is skeptical that many would prefer death to the workhouse, and he is unmoved by talk of the workhouse's cheerlessness. He is right to be unmoved, for society's provisions for the poor must be, well, Dickensian. The more pleasant the alternatives to gainful employment, the greater will be the number of people who seek these alternatives, and the fewer there will be who engage in productive labor. If society expects anyone to work, work had better be a lot more attractive than idleness.

<extraneous deleted>

=== <end quote> ===

An excellent point! One doesn't usually become rich by luck. When you provide a valuable service to your fellow man, they give you these pieces of paper or equivalent to say thanks. The more thanks you earn, them more pieces of paper you have. When government or the do-gooders-with-your-money get the idea to "save the … whatever", look out below. The Lord Acton institute has long urged the personal involvement in charity is necessary to be effective, prevent waste, motivate the receiver, and reward the contributor. As with many economic fallacies, we ignore the hidden costs (i.e., a dollar taken in taxes to save the spotted owl is a dollar I don’t have to throw in the Salvation Army kettle outside WalMart), and the unintended consequences at our peril.

P.S.: You are shopping at WalMart and not Target after their bone-headed move to bar the SalvationArmy from collecting outside the Target stores?



And that’s the last word.