We're all at risk here: Between the government's shoddy practices and the corporate giants, the average person is very much at risk for devastation. This is a sad story about a proud, all-American elderly man whose life should never have ended this way.

I won't be shopping at Wal-Mart and supporting their inhumane business practices.
Name withheld by request

Getting away with murder?: Twenty thousand dollars a minute. Wow! In a case like this, it seems as if we've forgotten about ethics. Time will tell if Wal-Mart is actually getting away with murder. What goes around comes around — tenfold. We'll know sooner or later.
Name withheld by request


Guadalupe, fleshed out: One of the reasons I wrote my master's thesis on the history of Guadalupe well over a decade ago was because there were so many news stories about the town that reflected absolutely no understanding of its history. I'm relieved that Stephen Lemons took the time to see this community in all its rich complexity ("Brown Out," May 29).

The only thing I would have emphasized was that the Yaquis came here not just because they were pushed from Mexico, but because the Salt River Project and the Arizona Cotton Growers also recruited them.

Because of their refugee status and work ethic, Yaquis served as the SRP's preferred workforce from the 1920s through the 1960s. The people of the Guadalupe community were essential to the development of the infrastructure of the Salt River Valley. It was because of those push-and-pull factors and strong identity that the Yaquis established enduring communities in Arizona — so much so that Congress officially recognized them as an American Indian tribe in the 1980s.

The trick, of course, is that Anglo employers and representatives of the Catholic Church established Guadalupe as an Indian town site. Decades later, it incorporated as an independent town.

The town's cultural flavor, trilingualism, and cohesiveness made it a natural attraction for non-Yaqui Mexican immigrants.

In any case, I was glad to see Stephen emphasize endurance, citizenship, and identity in his article — Guadalupe is not a squatters' town for illegals. Its persistence and problems are rooted in its history, and Guadalupe deserves recognition far beyond negative news stories that undermine its importance to the Salt River Valley.
Leah Glaser, Hamden, Connecticut

Then you're part of the problem, Patrick: Your Letters section regarding the Guadalupe story ("Fed Up With Joe," June 5) shows what a weird cross-section of humanity reads your paper. One rarely sees such one-sided and angry comments on any issue in our local papers, especially about extremely popular politicians.

Nonetheless, despite your writers' and readers' obvious hatred for the man, Sheriff Arpaio will get re-elected easily. His efforts to enforce the law are winning him more fans and supporters daily. However, New Times' tactics and reader comments are showing how low, nasty, paranoid, and extreme some oddballs with a word processor and a small audience can be.

I don't love Arpaio, but the treatment he receives from you and your angry, fulminating readers will cause me, and many more like me, to support him and vote for him.
Patrick Flynn, Scottsdale

Keeping inhumanity alive and well: You are right on the money that the Guadalupe operation put a crimp in Joe Arpaio's plans. Now he's relegated to raiding Fountain Hills and area water parks. Pathetic.

I remember when Arpaio figured out that he'd better get on the anti-illegal immigration bandwagon. It was when he wanted County Attorney Andrew Thomas to prosecute a vigilante who had pulled a gun on some illegal aliens at a rest stop, and Thomas (naturally, he selectively enforces the law) refused to prosecute the guy. Arpaio took so much shit from the nativist rednecks that he went: "Shazam"!

Or, I should say, his advisers went, "Gaaaw-lee"! Because the geriatric geezer probably can barely remember to zip up his pants after he takes a piss anymore. He's almost 76, you know.

Before that rest-stop incident, Joe just busied himself riding in parades and heading up one of the cruelest jail systems in the world. He thought that would be enough to keep the dumbass majority in Maricopa County electing him to term after term.

So, as I say, when illegal immigration came to the forefront, he realized that he needed to get in on some new cruelty. The same old cruelty to prisoners wasn't getting the airtime it once did. What the crackers wanted to see was a sheriff who was treating Hispanics like shit. Because, you know, even if brown-skinned folk are American citizens, their relatives had to have come here illegally, so let's just whomp up on everybody in places like Guadalupe.

Anyway, we're all so proud of Joe and his forces for all they have done to keep inhumanity in the news.
Sal Padilla, Phoenix

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Patrick Flynn, Scottsdale wrote:"Your Letters section regarding the Guadalupe story shows what a weird cross-section of humanity reads your paper."

What a dumb ass!

And this is what I'm writing:"your letters section regarding some Arpaio supporters shows what a stupid fucking retarded wierd cross-section of humanity supports Arpaio" -see comment above

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