Letters from the week of July 15, 2004

You know, I have heard how terrible it was in World War II that we put all the Japanese-Americans into concentration camps. I'm willing to bet that their accommodations were much better than what Sheriff Joe provides our own citizens.

Don't get me wrong . . . jail should not be plush, by any means. But some minimum standards must be upheld.
Wayne Watkins, Phoenix

Time for a change: Kudos to John Dougherty! He is doing an absolutely fantastic job on Arpaio and the staff of ass-kissers he has surrounded himself with in the Ivory Towers of the Wells Fargo Building. Unfortunately, I had to work for this buffoon for two years before I could retire. Then it was, "See ya, baby. I am out of here!"

I had worked for four sheriffs prior to Arpaio. They all had their little quirks, but nothing compared to what this man has created and caused over the past 12 years. It will take a new sheriff more than four years just to unravel all of Arpaio's crap

I believe a new sheriff can and should demand an audit of all funds prior to taking office. This should definitely include posse monies. This has long been under questionable control.

It's time for a change; it has been time for change for a long, long time!

Whoever the new sheriff is must rid the office of Arpaio's fellow buffoons in the sheriff's office. There are a few who will try to ingratiate themselves with the winning side. But just remember the old saying: "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts."
Jordan Barber, Sergeant (retired), Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

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