An un-American way: I really can't understand why this city and state is putting up with this. Most everyone I talk to doesn't understand, or [they do] understand and want something done about it.

It seems that the mayors of Phoenix and Guadalupe are the only ones who have the rights of Arizona citizens on their minds. This maniac Arpaio needs to be stopped.

Most of us have been involved with or know these immigrants who have come here to feed their families and share in the American dream. We know them to be great people and welcome them to America to live next to us. (They already do.)

They have added to our great country, and I love their culture and beliefs. To have them terrorized in this way is sickening and totally un-American in every way. America was built by and for immigrants who want a better way of life.

If the Statue of Liberty's inscription was not written for them, then who? Thanks to Stephen Lemons for being a voice of reason in this ridiculous mess.
Anthony Wesley, Glendale

What's the deacon's problem?: This guy [church deacon] Santino Bernasconi is full of shit. He blasts the sheriff. Then he blasts one of the few politicians who's stood up to Sheriff Joke: the mayor of Guadalupe.

Self-important tools like him make his little town look stupid. Mayor Rebecca Jimenez, if retards like Bernasconi drive you from office, come on over to Tempe and run for something. I'll vote for you.
Mike West, Tempe

One of the best: "Brown Out" is one of the best articles that I've read in New Times in a long time. Kudos to the writer and to everyone who contributed.
Ted Nelson, Phoenix

Where does the corruption end?: Arpaio's completely lost it. Does he actually think we're just going to take his word for things?

I mean, he's done so well with that in the past: Honduras most recently ("Jabba in Paradise," The Bird, January 24). When does the B.S. and corruption end? Is he above the law? Thankfully, the FBI and state Bar are taking action [the feds by investigating Arpaio and the bar by investigating County Attorney Andrew Thomas. See also "Who's Sorry Now?," October 25, 2008].

Otherwise, it's like dangling a piece of meat in front of a tiger. You know the sheriff's going to attack and devour. You just don't know when.

And what's with kicking reporters out of a publicly funded building ("Arpaio tells a $400 million whopper . . .")? Isn't that a violation of the First Amendment?

I hope one day that 200 people get together and pull an Al Sharpton protest — sit in front of [Arpaio's offices] praying for him to leave. What are they going to do, say it's MCSO property and arrest people for trespassing when [his offices] are paid for with taxpayer money?

I'd love to see that one.
David Saint, via the Internet

Kick Joe out of his building: The sheriff and his staff need to be moved out of the luxury office building Wells Fargo. The taxpayers can't afford it. Many are losing their homes, and Arpaio has cost us millions. It's time for some serious downsizing in the county and state!
Name withheld by request

Decrepit brain: Arpaio is showing everybody what a nut-fuck he is. Obviously, the old man flunked math during his school years, and it tells me that we need a new sheriff.

Frankly, that 75-year-old, ancient brain of his has deteriorated inside that thick numbskull [to the extent] that he's become too incompetent to do his job. Joe Bastard's got to go.
Name withheld by request

Law clown is a disgrace: Yes, Arpaio's days are slowly coming to an end. The egomaniac, self-centered law clown is a disgrace and a shame for all Arizonans.
Name withheld by request

Lots more places to sweep: If the sheriff believes in the sweeps, then why hasn't he hit Fashion Square or the Biltmore or Desert Ridge?

Maybe he could find cooks, waiters, and housekeepers. We're sure there are some broken tail lights or windshields to be found, too. Wake up, Arizona! You could be next.
Name withheld by request

A police state mentality: While Joe Arapio's actions are incredibly racist, they are also illegal. You cannot sit and wait for a crime to exist. That is why police cars must be marked to catch you speeding.

We've all watched police shows (I'm saying this because most middle-class Americans get their brush with crime only from TV) in which evidence is thrown out because the officer obtained information about a crime under false pretenses. It is not a crime to drive down the street, but Arpaio's raid made it a crime. This is police state mentality, and it should be frightening to all.
Name withheld by request


Quite a tale of skullduggery: Kudos on your Mark Bosworth article! Never have I read such a tale of skullduggery in the business community ("Dirty Deeds," Ray Stern, May 15). He deserves to go to jail, as does his brother, Russell.

But this is also about the stupidity of the public. It truly proves that a sucker is born every minute, especially in this desert city.
Thomas Gomez, Phoenix

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Heard of juvenile chang gangs, are they implemanted yet and how young?


Actually sometimes we forget that most of the people Arpaio is harrasing and putting in Jail are non-violent non-dangerous people. That is where many people don�t understand. Joe likes to paint the picture that he is getting tough on the �bad guys� but really he is harrasing the average, unfortunate anybody. Immigrants, drug users, hispanics, and people who stand up to joe haven�t made any �attacks� on society. He just uses them as scape goats to pull his stunts to attract media attention.

Another thing is, even if some VERY FEW of his inmates really are �bad guys� I have never seen any evidence nor any psychological study which shows that by abusing people they become better people. Most people in jail will get out of jail some day and it is much better to concentrate on rehabilitation so that they become better members of society instead of abusing them and very likely making them even worse offender.

Another thing, Phoenix has one of the highest crime rates in the US and is one of the more dangerous cities in the US. Joe has been in office several years and if his stunts really worked, then why is this the case?

I say �Joe�s gotta go.�

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