He doesn't get to play it that way! Somebody in this county needs to tell this lying old goat that he must come clean on this — with specifics — or charges will be filed. Because, I'm certain, that when and if he did come clean, charges would be filed against him or somebody(s) in his employ.

And for Governor Janet Napolitano's issuing a proclamation about this corrupt bullshit . . . Now that's rich! She and Arpaio have been in bed with each other for years, as The Bird notes, so what should we expect from Napolitano! It all makes me sick.
Rick Nance, Phoenix

So many good questions here: Since when is it the role of a county sheriff's office to conduct business outside the United States? We have federal agencies to do this. And why, as taxpayers, are we allowing this?

Joe and County Attorney Andrew Thomas should be removed from office immediately. And why isn't Janet [Napolitano] doing anything about this?

I'm outraged that [Thomas and Arpaio] are not arrested and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Let them both spend a little time in Tent City.
Ron Mahan, Phoenix

Dumbest voters in the world?: First, it was 30 grand in RICO money [used for alleged MCSO training in Honduras], now it's 34 grand. None of that includes counting the 81 grand (estimate) of county-paid salaries and overtime that also needs to be added to the total costs.

How convenient that Arpaio says it's only 30 grand but leaves everything else out. Typical of Arpaio, Hendershott and the goons. They always seem to lie or leave out facts about everything they do.

Then it states [that the MCSO has taken] 1 million photos in Honduras [to help to stem gang activity], now it's 5 million.

How much does it take, and how much does it have to cost Maricopa taxpayers to see how full of shit Arpaio, Hendershott, and the goons are?

How many lies can they get away with before the general public wakes up? How many people need to die in Maricopa County jails? How many more millions of dollars have to be paid out over the $43 million [and counting] that has already been paid out for civil suits?

Arizona voters have got to be the dumbest voters in the world.

The governor, the county Board of Supervisors, they're all a joke. Typical politics in Arizona: One of them lies, and they all swear to it while looking the other way.

They all need to be replaced with politicians that care about the welfare of the public, and not their personal agendas — if that's even possible when it comes to politicians.

Obviously, none of these leaders has any ethics or morals and could care less about being laughed at by the rest of the United States.
Jim Cozzolino, Phoenix

Throw the bums out: The unconstitutional thug Joe Arpaio and his little, newspaper-arresting Nazi sidekick [Andrew Thomas] celebrated that the recall against them has ended [because not enough signatures were gathered inside the time limit allowed]. Well, Arpaio should know that it ain't over 'til the fat lady sings (or, in his case, until he's out of office and indicted where he belongs).

I am getting very tired of our governor's letting these thugs get away with murder in Maricopa County. Many people who are afraid to so state publicly are saying that Governor Napolitano has helped quash, directly or indirectly, investigations that have been conducted on this anti-American/Arizonan/drugstore cowboy [Arpaio].

The governor should know that there is such a thing as karma and that to continue to let the Abu Ghraib-like conditions kill, maim, and dehumanize prisoners (many who have not been convicted) is a disgrace and black eye on my native state of Arizona. I had to witness these type of conditions while stationed in Iraq, and I'll be damned if I will let it occur in our beautiful state of Arizona!

We will continue to pursue all legal, constitutional, and nonviolent civil actions against these two thugs, Arpaio and Thomas, until they are thrown out of office.
Leonard Clark, Arpaio-Thomas recall chairman

Janet's fan base is dwindling: Since you first gave us this news about Janet Napolitano, I've been shocked! This is a woman who I'd always admired. Now, I have second thoughts.

Do you think she has public relations people who force her to do this kind of thing [get her picture taken while giving Arpaio, Hendershott, and Honduran cops a proclamation], or do you think this was all her own doing? When I first read that she was involved, I was in disbelief!
Melanie Bulseco, via the Internet

When have we ever bitched about drugs and Mexicans?: When are you damn pinko liberals going to wake up and smell the coffee? You bitch about all the drugs and illegals coming in, yet when someone like Sheriff Joe does something to stop them, before they get to our state, by using money that was designated to stop drugs, you try to blame him for misappropriating funds.

If you need to sell papers that bad, why not go back to California where the rest of your ilk are?
Lonnie Faubion, via the Internet

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Chris Long
Chris Long

Ditto the remarks about the MCSO needing a housecleaning. Why Joke and his minions have been allowed to persist in their personal and bureaucratic empire building is a deep, deep mystery...

Indeed, someone else has realized Southwest Ambulance needs looking at. On Christmas morning of 1989, Southwest Ambulance forcibly removed me from the scene of a minor traffic accident (just me and my motorcycle, no other vehicles involved) and took me to the way overpriced Barrow Institute, despite the fact I was only a short walk from the V.A. Hospital, where I have lifetime benefits.

The ambulance attendants got entered into my chart that I was "combative" and "uncooperative"...damn right ! I was telling them, I'm walking over to the V.A. or maybe I'll call a friend.

No dice! I was manhandled onto the gurney and into the ambulance. Barrow dropped the charges because the chart said I protested I couldn't pay for a private hospital. But Southwest? They said their "experienced" crew "made a judgement call"...

I said go suck a wall for the grand you want for a three-block ride ! The collection notices never came and the credit report remained clean...HA ! Who are those people and why do they operate like freebooters ?

mike shelton
mike shelton

Why has the New Times failed to do followup stories on Rural/Metro Corporation? This is an organization that commits a 2007 Thankgiving Massacre removal of dozens employees without notice, demands they never say anything against the company, in exchange for a generous severance of seven days pay. Why nothing on the war between Rural/Metro and its appendage Southwest Ambulance, and major stockholders Stadium Capital Management and Accipiter Capital Management? Why nothing on cities like Tempe, Litchfield Park, Avondale, Queen Creek, Paradise Valley, deciding life is better without Rural/Metro than with it? There's a story line here begging for someone to put the pieces together. Go for it New Times!

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