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EDITORIAL: Longevity pay should end for future SEIU county employees

Longevity pay has been going the way of the dinosaur, here in Southern Nevada and nationwide. Over the past few years, Clark County and all but one of its unions rightly moved to phase out the incentive for future hires. But the Service Employees International Union Local 1107 is determined to ride the longevity pay mastodon, long after the rest of its union brethren have agreed to remove the stipulation for future hires.

EDITORIAL: Rising premiums latest shoe to drop for Obamacare

For the Affordable Care Act, the other shoe has dropped so many times that the legislation now needs to grow feet at a prolific pace to keep up. And far from being over, there are many more shoes to drop in the coming months and years, with the latest being significant — and in some cases exorbitant — increases in monthly premiums.

EDITORIAL: UNLV baseball gains national attention

If there’s a way to be nationally ranked, yet fly under the radar, the UNLV baseball team has managed to do just that. Lost in March Madness nationally and in the university’s own version locally, as the school worked to keep men’s basketball coach Dave Rice from leaving, the Hustlin’ Rebels are having a tremendous season under fourth-year coach Tim Chambers.

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EDITORIAL: Obamacare’s true numbers reveal failure

On the afternoon of April 1, President Barack Obama pulled out the pom-poms and assumed the role of cheer captain at the White House Rose Garden to celebrate the great Obamacare victory. The Affordable Care Act had reached its purported goal of 7 million sign-ups, and by the March 31 deadline, no less.

EDITORIAL: Government land barons incompetent

The federal government’s incompetence in public land management has been obvious for decades. Far from protecting natural resources, many of Washington’s practices are killing off species and harming the environment. But that doesn’t stop agencies from regulating the public’s use of public land with a heavy hand while allowing costly federal failures to continue in perpetuity.

Convention showcases broadcasting’s bright future

We were saddened by the shockingly distorted view of broadcast television presented by Gary Shapiro of the Consumer Electronics Association in his Sunday op-ed in the Review-Journal. Virtually every word in his op-ed was false, beginning with the claim that broadcast TV viewership is declining. In fact, broadcast TV is growing, as evidenced by the millions of people who have cut the pay-TV cord and embraced a broadcast-broadband future.

EDITORIAL: Sack the idea of unionizing college athletes

Unions are desperate to boost declining membership. Through 2013, only 11.3 percent of wage and salary workers belonged to unions. Growing public-sector membership is the only reason the figure is that high — 35.3 percent of government employees belong to a union, while just 6.7 percent of private-sector workers are union members. Where can unions go to organize new members? Where left-leaning thought and indoctrination rule the day: college campuses.