Feedback from the Issue of Thursday, March 4, 2010

DANGEROUS JOKES

Joe and Andy's stinky little mess: Your story on the court tower was amazing. It really put everything with Andrew Thomas and Joe Arpaio into perspective. They were angry about their budgets getting slashed, so they did the only thing they know how — lash out with venom against anybody who dares oppose them.

And they stirred up quite a stinky little mess for county officials, which all seems to be unraveling now, thank God! I hope I live to see the day that Thomas is disbarred and Arpaio is behind bars.
Ev Jacobs, Phoenix

Rug pulled out from under reporter: You can see how an ambitious reporter might avoid all the usual problems of access and cooperation by being on the side of the cretins rather than against them.

That is, you can get a lot more easy TV stories by being friendly to Sheriff Joe Arpaio and County Attorney Andrew Thomas than by trying to uncover their corruption and/or malfeasance. If you want to do the latter, all access is blocked. But if you're going to blow them, "Whatever you want, Mr. Bernstein, sir!"

It was silver-platter time for Bernstein — until Sarah Fenske got his employer to pull the red carpet out from under him ("Josh Bernstein of ABC-15 Ripped by Boss," Valley Fever blog, February 15).
Terry Smith, Phoenix

Is Thomas playing us for fools?: Whoo-hoo! I'm comin' back, Arizona. I'll be the next Maricopa County Attorney, since you obviously don't need to know the law to get the job.

Either that or Thomas is playing everybody for the fool here. He seriously didn't think that having his office both prosecute and defend the same case would be a conflict of interest? Seriously?

And then he thinks he can bring up a judge on charges, citing conflict of interest because that same judge might someday have an office in the new court building? You have got to be kidding.

Add all the lying they've been caught doing in court, and I can't understand why this case is even being allowed to continue.

Arpaio and Thomas are two reasons that make me glad I got out of Arizona.
Mike Wells, Salt Lake City

Attorney too busy blogging to do her job: Deputy County Attorney Rachel Alexander doesn't have time to do her job; she is too busy blogging about the court tower over on the [right-wing] Sonoran Alliance blog.
Pete Snow, Phoenix

Stupidest corruption: I'm new to this area from the Northeast, and I've got to tell you . . . I've seen corruption in my time, but this is about the stupidest version of it I've ever heard of. How did County Attorney Andrew Thomas think he was going to get away with this?

As Sarah Fenske lays it out, Thomas and his apparently dumber-than-dirt deputies blew this at every opportunity. Real lawyers must be laughing their asses off. This has got to warrant some kind of disciplinary action from the state Bar — or worse!
Chad Sumner, address withheld

Proof is in black and white: This whole thing really reeks! How can this be happening?

Wow, I sometimes thought New Times just had it in for Andrew Thomas and Sheriff Joe until I read this factual piece. You have all the proof there in black and white.

These two — because they were soundly elected by voters — really just think that they can do whatever they please and get away with it, don't they? This story really chilled me about living in this county.
Timothy Higgins, address withheld

Blame it on delusional voters: The sad thing about this entire sordid affair is that it has exposed just how delusional a large segment of Maricopa County voters are.

They'd vote for a rabid serial killer if the serial killer promised to arrest a few illegal immigrants.

They utterly fail to understand what history has taught us: Tyrants come into power not by guns but with the full blessing of a deluded populace.

Who is this scumbag Josh Bernstein? Aren't journalists supposed to have some kind of standards?
Name withheld

You are now entering the Twilight Zone: Every time I drive up to Phoenix from Cochise County, I expect to see Rod Serling standing along Interstate 10 in a dark suit, looking slightly sinister and mischievous, with cigarette smoke swirling around him (all in black and white, of course)

Mr. Serling, if he were alive today, could doubtless offer a witty and sardonic discourse on Maricopa County, which enables wanna-be dictators to trample on the Constitution and intimidate all who disagree with them.

He might say, "You are now entering the Valley of the delusional, where political sorcerers practice the black arts of race-baiting and character assassination. It's a bizarre, Never-Never Land of snake-oil politics and strutting demagogues, otherwise known as . . . The Twilight Zone."
Name withheld

 
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Peoriaman
Peoriaman

Interesting that readers and the NewTimes are more interested in Joe Arpaio and Andrew Thomas, as our elected Senators and Representatives in the state continue to create BAD LAWS and further erode our rights, while Joe and Andy go after two County Supervisors that are also the problem, unless of course you've turned a blind eye to it, costing us millions.But go ahead brain dead people, allow Joe and Andy to side track you from the real issues of our Old and NewTimes. Go ahead, be stupid!

peoriaman
peoriaman

Each edition of NewTimes, I laugh my arse off reading the comments from readers concerning Joe Arpaio and Andrew Thomas.It seems everyone, including NewTimes, is more interested in these small players of politics, instead of how the fleecing of America is taking place and they are completely care less. Great, as our rights are diminished, you are more concerned about Joe and Andy and a few "we can do without" supervisors.NewTimes is becoming comical relief, especially the replies they get.

Mr. Patriot
Mr. Patriot

If you love your children, freedom, your job, or family; support Ron Paul 2012.Body scans are going in. The elite politicians do not care about your civil rights or you. If they did they would have scrapped socialized healthcare, chemtrail spraying and body scanners.... They would have held the FBI accountable for the "agent who escorted the UWB on the plane. Please wake up!! If you are an insider, you are a scapegoat and a pawn for the elite and you are in more danger than the general public. You have a choice to make, you can make a deal with the devil or fight for true freedom!! You will be thrown under the bus by your manager or you will be held accountable by the PEOPLE!!!

Give me a column and I will speak the truth for you!!If you spend two hours on you-tube you will see the highest rated videos are documenting and exposing our corrupt politicians, secret agencies and oath takers who are not up-holding our constitution.

Jason Beser
Jason Beser

To all People that are advocates for children. As of about a week ago I was informed that My wife and I would no longer be receiving room and board for our Foster children. We are Professional foster parents in northern Az. We are licensed for foster children that are far more challenging and victomized than regular foster placements. We are related to NARBA (Northern Az. Regional Behavioral Health Ass.) I guess that the powers that be, decided that our most vunerable youth aren't important enough to supply their foster families with monetary funds to supply them with room and board. I dont have enough room to lay out the extent of all the services that a professional foster parent provides, but it is quite an epic tale. Everyone realizes that group homes are far more expensive and a family environment is far beter to re-program a troubled youth, yet the state is cutting the most basic funding. This disgusting event will both deter new foster families (take a look around Az. and tell me there isn't a need for advocates for children) and cause existing families to just give up. During the 15yrs. of good times shouldnt some funds been set aside for this glorious state. I hope others make people aware of this gross injustice toward our future. If any more info. is needed for anyone who is interested I am at 928 925 0942 Thanks New Times

 
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