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Letter: Arpaio needs to retire for our safety

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Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 8:00 am

Considering the 432 cases of child sexual molestation Sheriff (Joe) Arpaio has not bothered to handle in El Mirage, it's way past time for the Sheriff to resign. The East Valley Tribune reported on these cases in 2008, and won a Pulitzer Prize for its efforts.

At this point Sheriff Arpaio's malfeasance in office, gross negligence, utter incompetence and complete lack of professionalism goes far beyond concerns of politics or ideology. He has been, and is, putting the entire community at risk both from dangerous criminals he has not pursued and from the illegal activities of his own deputies.

We need a better person for Sheriff. As Charles de Gaulle observed, "The cemeteries are filled with indispensable men."

Joe is not indispensable, and it's a good thing. Nearly 80 years old, he needs to retire. The sooner the better for the safety of everyone in the community.

Bob Unferth



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