LETTERS: Nevada’s pension numbers no surprise

To the editor:

I was shocked to read the editorial that Nevada’s public-sector employees have the most generous retirement benefits in America (“Nevada No. 1 in pension benefits,” April 6 Review-Journal). Well, to be honest, I wasn’t really shocked. In fact, I wasn’t at all surprised.

But before the finger-pointing begins and we start assigning blame, let’s consider some basic facts. First, unlike private-sector unions, public-sector unions cannot put their company out of business if they demand too much. Property taxes, sales taxes and user fees will be collected, no matter what. So without this constraint, public-sector unions, like ticks and vampire squid, can and will suck as much blood out of their host as they possibly can.

But the analogy breaks down when you consider that unlike ticks and vampire squid, public-sector unions never get enough.

A second basic fact is that these public-sector unions are the primary source of campaign funds for the politicians who enable this incursion on the taxpayer. So Nevada, good luck changing the system. Our only hope is that a few good men and women will step forward with the courage and integrity to challenge this corrupt, incestuous system, and the taxpaying public will support them in their quixotic cause.



Bundy battle

To the editor:

Am I the only person in Las Vegas who is sick and tired of reading about Cliven Bundy and his ongoing feud with the Bureau of Land Management? As I understand it, he’s upset because he’s no longer allowed to let his cattle graze on land he’s never owned (but considers his) and stopped paying a grazing fee 20 years ago because he doesn’t like how the BLM spends the money.

Give me a break. Are we or are we not a nation of laws? If we are, it would appear that Mr. Bundy doesn’t have a legal leg to stand on. And if his losing cattle means I might have to pay a few more cents for a hamburger, then it’s a price I’m more than willing to pay.



Downtown difficulties

To the editor:

I am done with the special events in downtown Las Vegas. I think the city only holds them so it can find new and creative ways of making money off of attendees. During a First Friday event, I had my vehicle vandalized in a city parking lot. The city said there was nothing it could do about it. Then I had a friend who had her car booted by some towing company — wrongly it turns out, and it still cost her to have someone remove it.

Now, I received a ticket not because I didn’t pay for parking, but because my tag was expired. But even if I prove my vehicle was registered, I will still be fined for failure to display. I will pay, but I will never attend another event downtown.

City officials claim they want to revitalize downtown, then they harass anyone who attends with ridiculous violations, rogue towing companies and vandals taking advantage of their lack of security. The police, while ticketing a legally parked car whose owner forgot to put on the new tag, were probably too busy to notice someone busting out a window. Thanks for nothing, Las Vegas.



Wrong-way Republicans

To the editor:

Why are Republican-dominated state legislatures feverishly trying to legalize discrimination through the passage of new laws? Arizona was leading the pack while establishing the groundwork for similar bills in Kansas, Mississippi, Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer ultimately vetoed the bill put forward by her Republican legislators, but was it because of a lack of support for the bill or potential cancellations of events in her state?

The Civil Rights Act of 1964, upheld by the Supreme Court, banned discrimination in public accommodations. Arizona’s bill would have allowed businesses or self-employed individuals to refuse service to anyone based on sincerely held religious beliefs. Since when did right-wing religious evangelicals get to practice legalized discrimination? Are we ready for boycotts and sit-ins to return? Would the NFL have allowed a Super Bowl in Arizona? Would tourists want to visit Arizona? Would businesses want to start up in or relocate to Arizona? Would the federal government give money to Arizona or any other red state trying to pass the same legislation as Arizona?

This type of bill is unconstitutional. Who do these people think they are? Are they trying to establish themselves as the model for America moving forward as a country, or are they trying to go back to the good old days before the passage of the Civil Rights Act? They tout the Constitution while cherry-picking amendments they do not agree with. Are the legislators in these red states Christians in name only? Remember, God loves all his children, even gays and Republicans.