Feedback from the Issue of Thursday, December 10, 2009


Trap's got it all: There's no reason why Trap can't be that dude to take Phoenix to the next level in hip-hop. I mean, you name it: talent, personality, drive, business sense . . . He has them, and more.

Y'all watch out for this dude. The best is yet to come.
L.V. Lavor, Phoenix

Don't count out Willy: Trap is good, but Phoenix's first "superstar" of rap? I'd think Willy Northpole would have a better chance at superstardom than Trap, if only Willy were a better businessman.

Trap is in a world where audacity will get you everywhere. He is so full of himself that it's disgusting, but that's what it takes to make it. The guys who know how to market their bravado are the ones who go to the top.

Are you taking notes, Willy?
Davis Trent, Phoenix

The incomparable Trap: Both due to his music and overall persona, Trap is already a star just waiting for his moment to truly shine. No need to compare or contrast Trap to any other local artists. He doesn't need that; his talent stands alone.
Shae Freeman, Tempe

Recognized talent early on: How lucky am I to say that I attended high school with such a stunning individual. I always knew that he was different. I am glad to see that his hard work and drive are paying off.
Leo Laydee, Phoenix

Trap won't disappoint: This man is destined to do great things. He exemplifies limitless talent. Trap is what we've all been waiting for. He is true to his word and to his fans; he won't disappoint you!
La La Blue Eyes, Phoenix

Some Trap love from Philly: Judging from this article and listening to his music, I know that he is a positive young brother who is serious about his business, as well as his roots. He will definitely put his city in the spotlight.
Robin Cloud, Philadelphia


No one is innocent here: Ray Stern's article on the Don Stapley case put the mess that is Maricopa County government in the perfect light. Nobody is innocent in all this, but there are a couple of officials who are much more guilty.

Step up, Sheriff Joe Arpaio and County Attorney Andrew Thomas.

The very idea of them investigating anybody! Arpaio is long overdue for stripes, and Thomas, with the way he's going, isn't far behind.

They are the definition of corruption, and why something hasn't been done about them is a mystery to me. Attorney General Terry Goddard — who wants to be governor, for Christ's sake — could have come down on Joe years ago, but instead chose to do nothing. Hide his head in the sand. He's the true ball-less wonder.

Don't even get me started on former Governor Janet Napolitano, now Homeland Security secretary under Barack Obama. Can we really expect current U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke to do squat when he ran the office of a woman who was in Joe Arpaio's pocket, who owes her ascension into high-level politics to the geriatric Hitler?

True, Supervisor Don Stapley's no saint, as Stern points out, but Arpaio and Thomas are beyond redemption.
James Bernard, Phoenix

What about an Arpaio recall?: Corruption, abuse of power, misuse of RICO funds, poor crime-fighting, and fiscal mismanagement. It seems as if every day there is a new story involving Joe Arpaio's complete disregard for the taxpayers, rule of law, and the Constitution.

Is it time to start discussing a credible campaign to recall Joe Arpaio? Or do we wait for the feds to do their jobs? He has pissed off many powerful people: The Latino community hates him with a passion, [legitimate] law enforcement holds him in contempt, and now he's alienating the Mormon community, which represents almost 10 percent of registered voters in Maricopa County.

That's a significant block of voters that would support a recall. I don't care what the Rasmussen Poll says — the Chad Snow poll shows that almost everyone I talk to thinks Joe Arpaio's act has gotten old, and he needs to go.
Chad Snow, Peoria

Sly like a "Captain" Fox: Is there some genetic defect making accuracy impossible? I mean, that's an easy one: You've been writing about me for over a year and always referred to my rank correctly. Or is this supposed to be insulting?

There is no insult in being an MCSO sergeant. You'll have to do better than that. Or do you just want people to believe that I've been demoted to add some credibility to your unfounded and baseless accusations against me? Sorry. No charges filed and no demotion, either.

You still can't seem to grasp (or hope your readers can't grasp) that what you are asking for is that Arpaio, Thomas, and Hendershott investigate themselves for doing nothing wrong, or, in the alternative, ask the attorney general to investigate a case they are already investigating.

Why be unreasonable and irrational? Malicious? Vindictive? Bitter? Too proud to admit when you're wrong? Vanity, thy name is Ray Stern.
Joel Fox, via the Internet

A voice of reason: Stupid, arrogant, idiot, brainless, clueless, fool, dupe, toadie, bootlicker, thy name is Joel Fox. Joel, you really ought to do yourself and everyone else a big favor and shut the fuck up.
Name withheld, via the Internet

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Sometimes I didn't understand the schizoid character of Arizona when I first moved here. This is the same state, after all, where state police were forming up lines of customers to buy legal pot in front of a Superbowl in 1996.

Nor do I understand some of the activities of our illustrious Sheriff. He is not alone in the politics he practices, for there are many other law enforcement rock stars all over the country, just like him. Perhaps they are less flamboyant. They are certainly no less shrewd or machiavellian.

The situation with illegal immigration is said to be complex by some. It's really very simple. Our federal government has failed to secure our borders from illegal immigrants. It passed the buck to local law enforcement. The cities ceded this responsibility to the county sheriffs.County sheriffs have to run for election every few years. They receive votes for doing ( or being perceived to do ) a good job.

The voters of Maricopa county re-elect Sheriff Arpaio term after term based on this perception. Illegals are an easy target because they are, by definition, a criminal community. They are not too hard to find or prosecute, like street walking prostitutes.

We can argue about racism. We can argue about nativists. I often wonder about the people who get TV time criticizing the MCSO, about their agendas. Seems to be it is just as easy to target the Sheriff as it is for the Sheriff to target illegal immigrants. Especially when it is donation time.

In my mind, all of this energy would be better spent on proposing legislation to allow these folks to get work visas. They want to work here, we want them to work here or they wouldn't be continually returning to do so. How about we all grow up and find a solution to the problem that benefits both parties? It would be much easier to keep tabs on the numbers of foreigners working here if they are doing so within the system.

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