Letters From the Issue of Thursday, October 25, 2007

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Get on the bus: Congratulations to Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey for their victory over a corrupt sheriff and his County Attorney pal! The insular and extensive corruption of the Phoenix establishment has suffered a blow from which it won't soon recover.

Let's hope it emboldens reporters at other local publications who have lain back and watched for too long.
Joe Shea, Editor-in-Chief, American Reporter

Reputable. Who knew?: This is great! Finally somebody realized they were walking on the Constitution. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are to be commended for standing up to these bullies!

Also, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office should be investigated for denying New Times its right to see public documents. However much some people may hate New Times, it is a reputable newspaper and should be given the same consideration as every other news outlet. Thank God the Constitution won the day!
Name withheld by request

Fight the power: I would just like to tell you to keep up the fight against Joe Arpaio. I'm 46, grew up in Phoenix, and I am really tired of the way he intimidates anyone who opposes him.
Steve Moser, Prescott Valley

Joe wants attention? No problem: I have been an online subscriber for many years, but I really haven't paid much attention to your magazine for the last couple of years. However, after this latest display of Sheriff Joe's overly inflated sense of self-importance, I will definitely be a more loyal reader!

Sheriff Joe, you have obviously been in office too long and the power that you think you have has gone to your head. I pray that your career does not survive the next ballot count. You are out of control and need to retire.

Unfortunately, I don't think that you could handle the lack of global attention that you seem to crave so much. Michael Lacey, Jim Larkin, and staff, keep fighting the good fight. You have the support of the people behind you.
Rikki Hatara, via the Internet

Hilarious? On a good day: It is both hilarious and fascinating how a third-rate, lunatic windbag fraud like Joe Arpaio draws obsessive lines in the sand when it comes to his maniacal pursuit of publicity.

He's guilty of any number of mad, gutless felonies himself — including false imprisonment — and yet this pathetic fascist con man dares to impinge on the rights of [New Times], simply for telling the truth.

Then, again, it's about what one would expect. Joe belongs in prison, forever.
Jim Thompson, via the Internet

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