How dare the peasants question pay?

To the editor:

It’s like Yogi Berra’s “Deja vu all over again.”

The Review-Journal runs a report or an editorial pointing out how totally disconnected the public-sector compensation system has become from reality, and without fail some government employee writes in saying how unfair it is for that information to be given to the peasants.

This time it was Dean Fletcher, the president of a local firefighter union (“Another baseless attack on public workers,” Aug. 25 Review-Journal).

He says the city of Las Vegas’ $360,000 salary study could fund seven firefighter positions for a year (at more than $51,000 per position, which he didn’t say).

He says he’d gladly trade his pay raises over the past 10 years with those given to the city manager and deputy city manager. I don’t doubt it, but you’ll note they are both government employees, also. I wonder, would he or any government employee be willing to go back 10 years and trade pay raises with Culinary workers? Or construction workers or airline employees (at least those who still have jobs)?

He’s also upset the city went public when other government entities continue to do business the usual way — out of public view and behind closed doors. I can understand that.

His letter reflects the same sick “apples and oranges” mentality so dominant inside government. The apples (government employees) are simply more valuable than the oranges (private-sector workers), and everyone should just accept that.

I’m glad the Review-Journal doesn’t, and I wish more elected officials would question it, too.



Objectivity, anyone?

To the editor:

With stars in her eyes, hanging on every word and sighs at the insights granted to her, the Review-Journal’s Erin Neff has forever cemented her reputation as a biased liberal of the first order (“The inspirational Michelle Obama,” Thursday column).

Taking Mrs. Obama’s carefully scripted little stories as down-home gospel given just to her — you know, truly woman to woman — Ms. Neff has proved her amateur newswoman status.

Gag me with a fork.

David Hayes


Traffic signal timing

To the editor:

Who are they paying to synchronize the traffic lights in this town? I want my money back. How hard is it to make the major east-to-west and north-to-south streets timed so you can hit more than one green light in a row? There is no rhyme or reason to how they are timed.

I understand that an occasional ambulance or fire truck will throw things off. But can the county please hire someone who has a clue about how to make it better?

Scott Murray


Right-wing hit man

To the editor:

The Review-Journal’s Jim Day is usually perceptive, a straight shooter and a gifted cartoonist. However, his Wednesday “Hillary ’08” cartoon was more right-wing wishful thinking than anything else.

Both Clintons, about whom few Republicans can keep a civil tongue — for what reasons is anyone’s guess — went beyond everyone’s expectations in providing their enthusiastic, articulate, energetic and genuine support for Barack Obama’s presidential candidacy.

But there is another issue here that Mr. Day and others have distorted, and it is this: Hillary Clinton worked long and hard for deliverance to the White House, and President Clinton worked right alongside in her effort. It was an arduous and costly effort, so why wouldn’t there be disappointment on a grand scale?

To suggest, however, that the real sentiment is murderous jealousy and rage is absurdly over the top. What Republicans seem to forget is that George W. Bush has galvanized disillusion and bad feelings among most Americans to the point where Hillary Clinton’s words had to ring true: Her followers, she intoned, did their work not for her primarily, but more importantly for vital change, for the good of our country.

I am anxious to see Mr. Day’s view of the Republican National Convention, specifically after President Bush takes the podium.

John Esperian


Useful information

To the editor:

I live in a condo in Henderson where we have no recycling available. I was really glad to see the recent article on recycling in the Home section (“Clean sweep,” Thursday Review-Journal).

I had a personal computer and monitor for a long time and finally disposed of them at a home furnishings and electronics store recently.

It would be of great help to a lot of us who would like to do more recycling if the Review-Journal would print a map showing the locations where various items may be safely disposed of. I think this is of growing importance, especially with the huge number of TVs that will soon be discarded.

Bonnie L. Armstrong


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