Killers Behind Badges
I'm still reeling from David Holthouse's column ("Murder on Madison: The Norberg Remix," April 15), although I'm still not quite sure why. Both Scott Norberg's tragically ironic letter to his father and Holthouse's brilliant juxtaposition of Norberg's words with the testimony of his murder are enough to set any rational mind awhirl. Even one "isolated incident" is too much.

Kudos to New Times for standing up to the Joke Arpaio Flack Machine, and to David Holthouse on this Pulitzer-level piece.

Hugh Lander
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Just finished reading David Holthouse's story on Scott Norberg. Outstanding job!

Lieutenant Roy Reyer (retired), MCSO
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"Murder on Madison" was an excellent column and a tribute to a young man who was wasted by Joe Arpaio! Keep up the good work.

Cal Taggart
Sun City West

I just finished reading David Holthouse's column on the Norberg case wherein I came across the following passage: "A fat guard with stupid eyes grabs Norberg's foot, then drags him down a hall and into a cell, beyond the camera's view. A bullish female guard follows."

My question is this: Is it New Times' editorial policy to allow discriminatory statements against people with weight problems, poor eyesight and alternative sexual orientations? I found the article in question to be sufficiently damning of the sheriff's office and the individuals involved without having to stoop to the level of name-calling. A writer of greater talent would have found another way of making the same point without sinking to such a low level. Moreover, an editorial policy of sufficient strength and character would catch the shortcomings of the writing staff before wholesale insults are delivered to groups of people who have no control over their physical appearance, eyesight or sexual orientation.

John M. McBrien
Alexandria, Virginia

My thanks go out to David Holthouse for an outstanding column on the murder of Scott Norberg. I didn't know Scott, but I wish I had, and I think about him a lot. The story brought tears to my eyes and was one of the best stories I have ever read in New Times.

David Hoke

David Holthouse's story about the murder of Scott Norberg is a frightening and powerful example of Joke Arpaio's criminal organization at its finest! I was appalled at the details of this sick man's demise. As a community, it is up to us to take action against this barbaric Hun and get him out of his position.

Lisa Woodard
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Sub Serbia
I read "Expatriotism" (Nightwatch, Brian Smith, April 8) with interest. Getting all sides of the story is always good. But like so much else in life, there are three sides to this story: their side, the other side and, someplace else, the truth.

I'm glad these American Serbs can protest and try to explain their side. It is a right more Americans need to exercise. But the self-serving, disingenuous statements given by the Serb protesters are more than I can handle.

A common Serbian complaint is that "ethnic cleansing" is going on by both sides. That is somewhat true; there are no angels in that area. However, it is the Serbs with the advanced weapons, it is the Serbs who invented the term, it is the Serbs who started this mess by trying to build a "Greater Serbia" by expelling or killing everyone who isn't a Serb in the region.

Something the Phoenix protesters didn't mention was that the KLA started because the Serbian ruler was setting up an apartheid system similar to the one South Africa just got rid of. Except it was based on if you are Serbian, not skin color. The Albanian Kosovars were systematically losing their rights to education, getting loans or even jobs. The Serbian government was forcing these people to second-class status. The KLA is a reaction to that the same way the ANC or the IRA was a reaction to their repressive governments.

Does that make the violence right? No, but it shows that the Serbs aren't as blameless as the protesters would have us believe. They are, in fact, the instigators who started the violence by trying to make Serbia "pure." Serbs always claim everyone hates Slobodan Milosevic. I find that very hard to believe. If everyone hated him, then how did Milosevic get elected president? How come the army obeys his commands and commits murder, rape and genocide because he ordered it? Why weren't these people protesting to have him removed from office?

James Brucker

Gag Reflex
I loved your "Arm the Homeless" spoof. It is one of the best April Fool's jokes I have ever seen in my entire life.

Name withheld by request

Piano Mangle
Serene Dominic's Billy Joel article ("It's Still Rotten Joel to Me," April 8) was dead on. I was beginning to worry that I was the only person who thought Joel's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction more than just a bit ludicrous, as much for his recent renunciation of R&R in favor of modern classical composition (except when it comes time to earn a few tour bucks, eh, Bill?) as for his list of dubious musical achievements, which Dominic so kindly provided. Watching this thieving, ungracious, squat toad on TV make his acceptance speech became particularly appalling when he launched into a highfalutin twist of the "some of my best friends are Negroes" rant. No doubt impressionable viewers are now reckoning that such rhetoric will pass among polite company if a public icon such as Mr. The Entertainer utilizes it.

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