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January 30, 2014 / jimnv

Using Public Info for What?

After a court order, the Nevada PERS released some information about retirement pay of its retirees. In response, the LV Review Journal, no friend of any public employee, published an article on January 30th describing how much some notable retired public employees make. The article was simple and simply written to titillate, misinform and engender bad feelings towards all public retirees. Calling out some individuals for possible public rebuke serves no public good.

The article is also an incredibly amateurish response.

Publishing lists and cherry picking data is a simple and easy way to attack public employees. It is not newsworthy. The new PERS list is no different from the many Nevada public employee pay lists found on various sites.  Lists don’t mean anything and right now Nevadans are left with little other than that. 

Newspapers claim they serve the public and it seems they think creating a list is all they need to do. It’s not.The question is, “What’s the purpose of the list or any public list?”  Yes, it informs the public, but what can be gleaned from the data? This is what journalism is supposed to be. It’s about digging deep, looking for questions needing answers.

Nevada’s news agencies must stop with simplistic and sensational stories like the one published in the “newspaper” mentioned previously.That’s so junior high school.



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  1. Michael Jackson / Jan 30 2014 9:09 pm

    DETROIT — In a ruling that could reverberate far beyond Detroit, a federal judge held on Tuesday that this battered city could formally enter bankruptcy and asserted that Detroit’s obligation to pay pensions in full was not untouchable.

    The judge, Steven W. Rhodes, dealt a major blow to the widely held belief that state laws preserve public pensions, and his ruling is likely to resonate in Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and many other American cities where the rising cost of pensions has been crowding out spending for public schools, police departments and other services.

    The judge made it clear that public employee pensions were not protected in a federal Chapter 9 bankruptcy, even though the Michigan Constitution expressly protects them. “Pension benefits are a contractual right and are not entitled to any heightened protection in a municipal bankruptcy,” he said.

    It’s only going to get worse. Plus state workers unions don’t seem to fight for the workers and haven’t for many years. They didn’t for me and many of the state workers I knew at the University. All for 1% of your base pay.

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