Letters From the Issue of Thursday, November 22, 2007


Proud of journalism: As a journalist of 27 years, I can only say: Go, boys. Kick those Maricopa County Nazis' asses, ("Wilenchik's a Liar, and There's More," Michael Lacey, November 15; see also "Who's Sorry Now," Stephen Lemons, October 25, and "Breathtaking Abuse of the Constitution," Lacey and Jim Larkin, October 18).

Unbelievable! I know your policy for fighting these things, and I'm proud to share this profession with you. Thanks and play hard.
Holly Mullen, via the Internet

The man with the exploding head: "Fired" special prosecutor Dennis Wilenchik as the liar! Now that was a bold stroke by Michael Lacey to call this crazy pit bull that.

Members of the legal community are laughing their asses off, particularly at the great drawing of Wilenchik as Pinocchio. That was rich, and it's bound to be up on the walls of various county judges' offices for some time to come. Every time people see this clown now, they will think of this illustration and laugh at him.

The great thing is that everybody who knows Dennis knows how much he hates even the hint of ridicule. Calling Dennis a liar is not something this pompous jerk will take lightly. But picturing him as a lying fool has really got to be getting his goat. The day New Times hit the streets with this one, his head had to be exploding. Very funny stuff!
Name withheld by request

Welcome to our world: I recently relocated to the East Valley from Portland, Oregon. I had heard of Sheriff Joe before, and none of it was positive. I was dismayed to discover, once I got here, that he's pretty popular. Now I see why: If you write anything negative about that thug, he'll get you.

I can't tell you how excited I am to see a paper like New Times doing such great work. I will be reading every issue now that I know about you guys. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are heroes.
Justin Speers, via the Internet

A Dear Joe letter: Dear Sheriff Arpaio, re: the recent arrests of the executive editor and CEO of the New Times [Village Voice Media] chain, and your blatant violations of the Constitution: Fuck you!
Jim Williams, via the Internet

To the barricades: They can't fight us all. This is an attack on people telling the truth and sends a very bad message if left unchallenged.
John R. Brakey, via the Internet

Oklahoma? OK!: I just want to invite the sheriff to come to Oklahoma and kiss all of my ass. This fascist thug is sickening.
Charles Ray Cochran, via the Internet

When in the course of human events: If he's still in office in a month, it says far more about the population of Maricopa County than it does about Sheriff Joe. We have all forgotten what this country was founded on: If we are ruled by tyrants, and the public officials are corrupt, it is our obligation to remove them from power.
Ben Brucato, via the Internet

Of natural causes, of course: To all you snowbird geezer bastards who keep voting this fuck-tard into office, you are part of the problem. Why don't you die off already and stop fucking up the rest of our lives?
Rick Sanchez, via the Internet

Voice of reason: Thanks so much for having a voice of reason and real journalistic zeal. Without New Times' leadership in the Valley, there would be no one to stand up against Nickel Bag Joe and his henchmen.
Dale Jodoin, via the Internet

But the paper is: Freedom isn't free. I'm truly inspired. Thank you New Times.
Gary Johnston, via the Internet

Not until US Weekly picks it up: There were all kinds of rumors flying around about Mike Lacey's arrest. First I heard the whole thing was a hoax, a prank story like the ones that New Times is famous for writing. Then I heard Lacey tried to hang himself in jail.

There also were stories about a drug overdose and Lacey being busted for propositioning an undercover transvestite. And, finally, I heard that he was sodomized by his cellmate, an overweight albino Mexican.

I don't believe any of this, of course.
C.D. Stelzer, via the Internet

We did it for the lap dogs, too: You guys rock! I am so proud to be a longtime reader of New Times.

All those times that I tried to encourage others to read New Times for the truth about Joe (and other things; except for the occasional prank), only to get funny grins and to not be taken seriously.

Seems that I am always treated like some kind of counterculture pothead whenever I mention New Times.

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