Feedback from the Issue of Thursday, March 26, 2009


Joe's an attention whore — nothing more: There's nothing left to the imagination about this story. It's crystal clear what Joe Arpaio is up to here. He's hassling every brown-skinned person he can find, in the hopes he will find an illegal alien or two to [get kicked] out of the country.

That the Guadalupe raid last year netted only a handful of illegals says a mouthful. How in the hell is such a sweep justified — money-wise, much less human rights-wise — with such a meager result? I'll tell you why: Joe only wants the publicity; he doesn't really care about the problem.

I'm one of those people who wants the illegal alien problem solved, but not at the expense of human rights. What Joe's doing is vile, and it's having little, if any, effect.
Becky Schaefer, Glendale

Even veterans despise Joe: I didn't enjoy your recent article in New Times. Although it was well-written, I didn't enjoy it much because it made me very angry. Why? Because I was very upset about the way the citizens of Guadalupe were treated by the Nazi Sheriff Joe. These citizens are all Indians and were here well before the Nazi sheriff was.

I used to live in Tempe, very near Guadalupe, and often visited there because I enjoyed the people and various religious and other ceremonies. I am a World War II veteran, and I find it outrageous the way the Nazi sheriff has treated the Indian people there.

I'm glad you have brought this to the attention of the public, and I am also glad that the sheriff's department's actions are now being investigated by the federal government. Hopefully those who participated, as well as those responsible for such actions, will be treated by the feds [the same as the MCSO] treated Guadalupe citizens.
William Trush, via the Internet

Unmasking Arpaio: Harassing American citizens like this cannot be allowed in our country! Michael Lacey has really unmasked what Joe Arpaio is all about. And it's either pure racism or a vendetta mentality. I think it's more the latter: The Sanchezes opposed him, and then he made them pay!

He's famous for exacting revenge on most anybody who crosses him, as many of your stories have proved.
Hal Arrington, Phoenix

Set up a tent for Joe: To answer the last question posed [in "Are Your Papers in Order?"], I'll bet it's Miller time for Arpaio. Last call won't be until if and when he gets indicted, tried, and convicted. Won't hold my breath on that, but maybe miracles can happen? Sure would be sweet to see him as a resident of Tent City wearing his own pink undies and eating green bologna.
Joe Curwen, Phoenix

Doling out abuse is like heroin to Joe: Great article. Very candid and pointed. It's too bad that the ignorant masses can't pull their heads out of the sand long enough to just take a serious look at what goes on. It's not a secret; those who support [Joe Arpaio] either don't want to face the facts and would rather champion some conspiracy theory or just flat-out are too lazy to take the time to know.

I talk to the latter, usually, and they have such a hard time believing the facts I lay out to them. This [harassment of the Sanchezes] is abuse of power. This is not an isolated incident. It's the norm for the MCSO and Joe — almost like a daily fix of heroin for them.

It's appalling, ludicrous, and has no place in America. It's rather shocking, though, that the pro-Joe crowd is actually upset that the Justice Department is doing what it needs to do to protect everyone's rights, not just illegals' rights. The ignorant need to comprehend that if [abuse of constitutional rights] is allowed just once, it will continue. History has shown us this.

[Arpaio's] M.O. at the DEA was easy arrests, hence the nickname "Nickel Bag Joe." That M.O. seems to have followed him to the MCSO. Why else would he send 60 deputies to arrest three janitors? Is that a wise use of resources, paying how much overtime in these tough economic times to arrest three people? Was SWAT gear really needed to apprehend these hardened criminals?

I look forward to the upcoming stories, Mr. Lacey, and thanks for your courage and patriotism in the face of adversity!
David Saint, Phoenix

A must-read: This article is required reading for any Phoenix resident. Puts a face on Arpaio's crimes against basic human decency.
Corby Ziesman, Scottsdale

Standing up to a gangster: Thanks for 15 years of courageous reporting on Arpaio's abuses. Never in 15 years has there been this much organized resistance against this gangster.

One can say with absolute certainty that the flames of resistance have only begun to burn. Those of us who actively resist and oppose Arpaio will not stop with the DOJ's slapping [Arpaio's] wrist or the removal of 287(g). This isn't over until it's over.
Dennis Gilman, Scottsdale

Call the next one "Cry Me a River": I can't believe you would even waste paper on this story. People get pulled over everyday for shit like no license-plate light and broken taillights. And the lady who got thrown down in [her] backyard after not pulling over and pulling into [her] yard, what does she expect?

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david saint
david saint

no Dave, its because worthless, ignorant racists like you keep voting for the PR hound and care more about getting rid of illegals than A: community safety (like letting a child rapist escape, or going after the many others that pose risks to children..and there not all mexican, in fact their mostly white dumbass) B: civil far as you morons are concerned civil rights mean shit as long as your hatred is fullfilled. Nice lesson to teach to children also, but whats worse is you assholes really show your true colors by ignoring the Constitution while chanting "we are patriots" your not only ignorant, racist, un-educated, and stupid, your hypocrites as well...enjoy the rest of your miserable life controlled by hate....ill sit back and eat some popcorn and watch as joe goes down because he put his foot in his mouth one too many times, and let his GOD ego get way overboard...all while letting crime rates soar at the same time...

Dave Beck
Dave Beck

How long are you going to milk this "Arpio Hate Crusade"? This is really getting old. If he is so hated and dispised why does he alway's get re-elected by such a large majority?It's because most people realize that 90% of the crimes are comitted by Mexican's. Have you checked out the jails and prisons lately anywhere in the U.S.? Any gang problems or drug killings lately? Wake up you fools. I think I just heard someone drive away in your car, better go check.


Background: Tennessean with 8 years of military service. Residency: 2years in AZ, 6years in AK, 4 years in TX. HS Grad. Native born US Citizen.

I was happy to read the letter by a veteran of WWII. For a while now I have referred to the MCSO as being similar to the Gestapo in their tactics. I often mutter the words 'damned jackboots', when a Sheriff vehicle passes. I have also wondered if perhaps I was going to an extreme in my assessment. The aforementioned letter gives me a slight feeling of validation. That man lived in the time, and fought Nazis, so it seems I was on target.

Sheriff Arpaio, you should be aware that in my hometown we all knew Sheriff Fann personally. He was a welcome friend, often seen at the local ballfields. I loved and still respect the police forces of our nation for their sacrifice and dedication to us, the citizens.You, and your 'posse', have tarnished that feeling. To the point that when I see your cars pass I pray you keep going. Especially at my place of employment for then I will lose my job. I will refuse to serve your units. Period. I will not 'give the benefit (of the doubt)'. If any of your men disagree with your tactics then Ethics demand that they resign. By not doing so, they too are culpable.BTW, I am as white as can be and back home I wouldn't reduce the cost of an officers food - I comped it. All of it. I sent nearly 500$ worth of fresh food to a Swat team stuck on station for 12hours. I would let the MCSO go hungry, and feel proud to do so.This is still the United States and some of us still believe in 'innocent until proven guilty.' Color of skin does not denote nationality. My cousin inherited brown skin from our Cherokee grandparents. I have no doubt that he would be unwelcome, indeed, he would be in harms way in Maricopa County.We do not welcome Tyrants in this country, so please move along. I am sure the Stasi have an opening.Mango3DLThe above opinion reflects that of the author and in no way should be considered the opinion of any Unit, Corporation, or Group with which he has been, or is currently affiliated. Save for the group known as 'God fearing Americans.'

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