What's next? Blindness disclosure?: If home values continued to escalate at levels of the past few years, would Glenn Melton be engaged in this lawsuit ("Hot Potato," John Dickerson, November 8)? Hardly.
He appears to be an egomaniac who can't cope with the reality that he bought at the height of the market. Why is he implying his daughter was duped when he, a top real estate executive, is the one who purchased the home?
The assertion Mr. Melton makes that Nathan Thinnes' motivation for selling was his neighbor is absurd when you realize he lived there for over five years. If she was such a burden, he would have left earlier.
Furthermore, it shouldn't be his legal obligation to disclose that he lives next to a person of a protected class. What's next? Disclosing you live next to blind person? This frivolousness should not be tolerated by the courts.
Josh Cook, via the Internet
POWERS THAT BE
Tommy Daniels, poet: I remember that New Times once ran a letter to the editor that was all gibberish and labeled it "Typical Joe Arpaio Supporter" (January 11). Now comes the letter in your recent edition labeled, "Typical Joe/Andy Lover" (November 1). And from reading the comments about the jackbooted attempted to silence New Times by the sheriff and County Attorney Andrew Thomas, I can see that morons like these letter-writers are, indeed, typical of the white trash who keep electing these two bigoted thugs.
This reader, Bruce Clack, is a real idiot! He inquires of New Times: "Why don't you move to France? Or maybe Russia or Iraq? How about Germany? Or Amsterdam? I understand that Amsterdam is an island of love with many possibilities for Pee-wee Hermans or Clintonites."
Quack, quack, Mr. Clack. Move to France? Oh, okay. That way those of us with a brain wouldn't have to [rub shoulders] with puke like you. Sheesh, it's pathetic that out of all the letters and comments from the thousands of readers responding to the outright assault on the U.S. Constitution and New Times, this pitiful clown's is one of about a half-dozen negative comments. And I think he's the only one who signed his real name.
You racist Mexican-haters and other Arpaio/Andy Thomas supporters are pathetic pussies — pitiful excuses for human beings who should themselves be deported to Iraq (too bad there's no Nazi Germany anymore, because that's where you'd really fit in). Come on, wouldn't our county be a much better place without the diarrhea that these little Hitlers fart out of their mouths?
Tommy Daniels, Yuma, formerly of Phoenix
Besides, there's nothing wrong with Pee-wee: I wish more supporters of Andrew Thomas and Joe Arpaio would speak out, as Bruce Clack did. We all know they are fightin' mad because they have to live with darkies, because everyone can see what a superior race of people the likes of Clack are. Idiots like Clack think they are being clever with their insults, when all they're doing is demonstrating to the world what complete fools they really are.
Andy and Joe: These are your people! Clack thinks that people who support Americans' constitutional rights are a bunch of Pee-wee Herman types? Clack, I'm sure I could kick your ass all the way from your Glendale trailer park to University of Phoenix Stadium! You know what? I'm getting sick of Democrats being portrayed as panty-waists by the likes of Clack. What Democrats need to do now to get the attention of Joe Arpaio and his lap dog Andy Thomas is a little old-fashioned protest. Remember the '60s.
Oh, but whenever anybody does that, Joe arrests the protesters. This troll and his storm troopers will never get it; they think they are above the law. Even after the public relations nightmare that New Times forced on them (Hey, stupids, you've got barely a handful of supporters in the whole nation on this one), they are still arresting that ACLU lawyer just for daring to appear at a protest for Latino rights (The Bird this week; see also "ACLU legal director Dan Pochoda popped by sheriff's deputies," Feathered Bastard).
I'm just praying that New Times continues its campaign against Candy Andy and Joke "Nickel Bag" Arpaio. Nazis must be jailed and made to pay for their crimes. I challenge New Times to bring up every negative point you've ever mentioned about these two over the next several months; then maybe they can be defeated at the polls. You're the only thing standing between us decent people and the precipice.
Jake Johnson, Phoenix
Truer words . . .: Wow, "Joe/Andy Lover"! You are a shining example of how "No Child Left Behind" will fail. Our public schools constantly pump out gutter trash like you — because of people like you.
Cindy Travis, via the Internet
Lame excuse, indeed, Danger: This case [against New Times] shows the danger of grand juries (see Michael Lacey this week; also see "Who's Sorry Now?", Stephen Lemons, October 25, and "Breathtaking Abuse of the Constitution," Lacey and Jim Larkin, October 18). They are usually used by the government to jail people for crimes when the government doesn't have any evidence that a crime was committed.
In this case, if Sheriff Joe had any "probable cause" that New Times violated the law by publishing his address on the Web, he would have arrested people three years ago. But he didn't.
Without the probable cause needed to arrest the folks at New Times, it looks as if Andrew Thomas and Sheriff Joe were hoping to get a grand jury to give them a lame excuse to jail somebody.
Mikey Danger, via the Internet
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Joe as Scarface? Hmm: It's like Scarface, at the end, isn't it? He's a madman. Joe's gotta go.
Sondra Cevelin, via the Internet
Aw, thanks, Robb: What an excellent and courageous expos on an incredible abuse of power and the judicial process!
New Times continues to serve as the media conscience in our often politically pitiful state.
Robb Itkin, via the Internet