A culture of corruption: This is a great article with plenty of historical perspective on the culture of corruption that is Joe Arpaio's Maricopa County ("Coddling Joe," Michael Lacey, January 12).
Dennis Gilman, Scottsdale
Time for a new hero, Stefan: Hey, you are way off base [with this article]. Sheriff Joe is keeping those scummy criminals off our streets and out of our neighborhoods. And they deserve all that they get. Sheriff Joe is my hero!
Stefan Bazdorf, Phoenix
What's taking so long?: As usual, New Times is right on top of the complete story. Hopefully, the federal government is reading this article and can realize how many of us know the abuses of the sheriff and his goons.
It's time for the federal government to indict! When is the criminal investigation going to be finished? My God, I know you [feds] want to be thorough, but every day you wait, another Marty Atencio is killed [or has his or her] health and life put in danger from these abuses that continue ("Psalm for Marty," Stephen Lemons, January 5).
Anthony Wesley, Glendale
If it were only that simple, Linda: If the illegals became legal and learned the [English] language, maybe no one would have a problem with them.
Linda Cayhill, Phoenix
Close to $45 million: This argument that Joe Arpaio is saving millions of taxpayer dollars housing "criminals" in Tent City like animals is just plain bat-shit crazy.
How many millions is [Maricopa County] shelling out to the vast array of lawsuits and settlements he and the MCSO incur from deaths and human-rights abuses of victims in their care? (See "Inhumanity Has a Price, December 20, 2007, and note that the $41 million figure has grown since then.)
In the two years I've lived here in Phoenix, Sheriff Joe has been under multiple investigations.
My biggest question has to be, what the fuck does Joe Arpaio have on these motherfuckers (state and federal) that nothing ever sticks to Mr. Teflon?!
Mike Hunt, Phoenix
Something like that: The problem in Arizona is, justice is not only blind — it's deaf and dumb.
Jim Cozzolino, Peoria
For Joe, crime does pay: [Joe Arpaio proves that] crime doesn't pay on a small scale; it pays on a big one. And when the crime becomes big enough, it begins to govern.
Michael Powers, Sierra Vista
Spineless president: If I didn't know better, I would think the writer was commenting on an ongoing issue in a Third World country, not in the United States.
You would think that, with members of a minority group sitting as president and U.S. attorney general, this situation would not be tolerated and immediate action would be taken. But our president and attorney general have no spines and are actually afraid of a two-bit sheriff and his band of miscreants.
If the population cannot depend on the federal government to enforce the law, we are in a state of anarchy, and it's every man for himself. No one wants that. What are law-abiding citizens to do?
Edward Parry, city unavailable
Above the law? Seems that way: Anytime someone else [does] this kind of shit, they are locked up. Why is it that a cop gets away with not following the law? Let's see, when you're protected in Washington, anything's possible.
Milton Frey, city unavailable
Dude, can you read?: The Justice Department has never — and I mean never — provided any evidence, only hearsay, on what Sheriff Joe has done or not done!
Jean Pierre DuRoche, city unavailable
Dare to dream: The facts can be very confusing for Joe's supporters. But don't worry, reality will set in once you see the FBI giving Joe a perp-walk out of his office.
I'm sure you'll be dazed for a while, but there will be plenty of time for you to figure out what your messiah and his pocket puppies actually did.
His two chief leg-humpers [former Chief Deputy David Hendershott and ex-Deputy Chief Larry Black] are gone and [being federally investigated], but you folks think Arpaio is squeaky clean, right? [In addition, former County Attorney Andrew] Thomas and [ex-Deputy County Attorney Lisa] Aubuchon are gone, facing disbarment.
Hmm, it's sure a good thing that Arpaio was oblivious to that whole thing, right?
He most certainly is: Thank you so very much for writing this article. [Arpaio] is an embarrassment to our state.