Who is this petty tyrant?: Three articles in your March 19 edition really drive home the point about Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and (to a lesser, but still important, degree) his sidekick, County Attorney Andrew Thomas.
First, if anyone in his or her right mind ever believed Joe Arpaio wasn't racially profiling, Michael Lacey's cover story proves once and for all that he most certainly is. The harassment that this Yaqui Indian family (American citizens all) went through cannot be tolerated in a free society.
Who does this petty tyrant think he is?!
Then, The Bird's article on the poor Mexican lady who got her arm broken because she wouldn't put her (supposedly voluntary) fingerprints on deportation papers really got me fuming. Yes, she shouldn't have been in the country, the Nativists will fume, but Sheriff's Office personnel have no right to treat her like an animal. Whether the cretins who elect Joe over and over know it or not, even foreigners on our soil have constitutional rights.
Where does this petty tyrant get off?!
Next comes Paul Rubin's story about Arpaio's detectives threatening a former State Bar official and Superior Court judge because he went after County Attorney Thomas on what (to any rational and honest individual) were obvious ethics violations. This constituted an outright threat to this individual, who not only did his job, he tried to do what was right.
Who do these petty tyrants think they are?!
I pray every night that Joe Arpaio and Andy Thomas will someday get theirs. They both need to wind up in prison, where I hope Mr. Arpaio will die alone of old age.
Kate McDonald, Phoenix
Actually, Gomer, Valenzuela's a Native American: [Maria del Carmen] Garcia Martinez did wrong by being an illegal alien. She wouldn't have gotten her arm broken if she had obeyed the law and stayed in Mexico.
And did it ever occur to you that most of the illegal aliens in this country are Mexican? They are brown-skinned, not white-skinned. So, consequently, police look for Mexicans! Who else? Germans?
Guadalupe was a shit-pot community 80 years ago, and it will be a shit-pot community 80 years from now — because of the half-assed people who live there. A classic example of a half-assed Mexican is Manual Valenzuela, driving his brother-in-law's car without a driver's license and with the license-plate light out. This taco was just itching to get picked up.
Michael Lacey, you're a liar: Arpaio didn't threaten the mayor of Guadalupe. He told the mayor she had 90 days to cancel the contract and that she was free to do so. Guadalupe knew it couldn't do without Arpaio, and it came crawling back. They put in a new mayor who wanted Arpaio. Ain't democracy grand?
Just like we voted for Arpaio time after time. Don't you just love it?
Lacey, did you ever wonder why, in the Western Hemisphere, the two countries with the highest living standards are Canada and the United States, while Latin America is a shit pot? That is because we are settled by white, northern Europeans who were hard-working, educated, and organized.
The Spanish copulated with the Indians and produced shit. And now this shit is flooding the U.S. and Canada because we are superior and they want some of what we've got. Read history!
Fred Linsenmeyer, Phoenix
Ashamed to be from here: Michael Lacey's story, The Bird's column, and Paul Rubin's article in New Times made me ashamed to be a Maricopa County resident. If I'd read these articles from afar — and were thinking of moving here, or even visiting here — I'd immediately change my mind. Oppressive government officials, like Arpaio and Thomas, are bad for us all — whether the white trash who keep electing them know it or not.
Dick Taylor, Phoenix
Where's the other side of the story?: The "Are Your Papers in Order?" article in New Times is interesting, but it is only one side. I sympathize with the people who have been wrongly targeted, but something has to be done.
I'm 30 years old and in school. I'm also looking for a part-time job. I went to the car wash the other day to see if it was hiring, and the manager told me no. As I walked out, I noticed the guys drying cars. I am almost positive they're illegal. I called MCSO's hot line.
I'm also sick of going to the bus stop and standing next to a bunch of illegals waiting for construction workers to pick them up for jobs. [All the while], I have to stand in the trash they throw on the ground. I know it's their trash because I see the scumbags throw it there.