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Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2008 7:18 pm | Updated: 11:05 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

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MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFF

He’s doing his job

Your paper is too far to the left for me when you can devote the front page plus six other full pages to blast an elected official who in my opinion is doing what he is elected to do as part of his duties — arrest illegal immigrants. I can understand an opinion, but I believe this is definitely a political smear.

FRED BERG

QUEEN CREEK

Ariz. should be more welcoming

I wonder if Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s ancestors would have been allowed in this country if he was sheriff of New York when they came over. Or mine escaping from Hitler. It would serve the sheriff and all his supporters well to read the words that follow and see if they recognize where they can be seen.

“Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame with conquering limbs astride from land to land, here at our sea-washed sunset gates shall stand a mighty woman with a torch, whose flame is the imprisoned lightning and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command her air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep, ancient land, your storied pomp, cries she with silent lips, give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the Golden Door.”

These words are engraved in the base of the Statue of Liberty. God bless America. And God save us from the hatred of bigots who hide the terrible acts which they commit and which they call patriotism!

JERRY KERN

SCOTTSDALE

Bigger problems to investigate

I see a great deal of angst in the Tribune about the costs of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office’s illegal immigration task force. Certainly there is justification for some mention that there is a $1.3 million shortfall created by the efforts. (Little mention in this piece that the shortfall was exacerbated by a political opponent, Gov. Janet Napolitano).

But, with all due respects, how does that $1.3 million compare with the $10 million that cash-strapped Mesa is throwing at the city’s arts efforts or the $21 million in budgeted losses that the Maricopa Integrated Health System will stick the taxpayers with in 2009?

If the proportional amount of hype and ink were to be focused on those budget shortfalls, I’d expect 10 days of headline coverage for the Mesa Arts Center and three weeks of coverage on the health system. If the Tribune is really concerned about the economic impacts of political office holders, I’m sure that there are much bigger fish to fry than what is being attempted in this “investigative” piece.

ALLEN ELGGREN

Not perfect but trying hard

I have to say I am so unhappy with your story on the Maricopa County sheriff. He may not be a perfect person. I am sure if we looked at every little thing we could on any person we could find fault.

What I see is one elected office, the sheriff’s department, doing a job that most of the people in Maricopa County want him to do. Our illegal immigrant problem is out of control. We have watched our cities decay from this. Yet all the sheriff gets are insults.

SUE SWARTZ

Attacking in an election year

It’s obvious to me the Tribune thinks that our sheriff is wasting money enforcing the law on illegal immigration. The $300,000 paid for overtime is miniscule compared to the millions of dollars that illegal immigrants cost us for public services.

To cast aspersions or chastise a law official for enforcing the law is wrong. And, considering that 2008 is an election year, making a candidate appear irresponsible is suspect and beneath the lofty journalism that the Tribune claims.

SANDRA BEERS

CHANDLER

A shift in resources hurts everyone

Thank you for your comprehensive series of reports on the Maricopa County sheriff’s immigration sweeps and arrest practices. The data you uncovered proves that increased expenditures for arresting illegals have resulted in decreased response times for serious crimes and fewer resources devoted to investigating criminal activities.

When a deputy uses his vehicle as a weapon to induce someone to commit a traffic offense then lies about the reason for the stop, who is the criminal? Worse, what is happening when no reporter is present?

To impact illegal activities, police must target the human smugglers, drop house operations and those who finance and manage the importation of people and drugs. Spending endless hours targeting Hispanic neighborhoods catching those at the bottom wastes resources without eliminating the system that promotes the process.

If police conducted warrantless searches of homes for illegal guns, people would be outraged. Even though a few illegal weapons would be discovered, the vast majority, including gun owners like me, would be incensed and demand an immediate halt to such invasive activity. We would vigorously protest that our rights had been violated. Racial profiling is also a violation of people’s rights.

Do I want our borders secured? Absolutely. Do I want police to focus on cooks, landscapers, or others whose only real crime is performing services others shun? Absolutely not.

If we allow an egomaniac driven by media attention to misspend our tax dollars stopping brown people with cracked tail lights while ignoring life-threatening crime, we deserve the substandard police services we are receiving.

STEVE SPRINGER

MESA

Bias against Arpaio is clear

In reference to the five-part hit piece on the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, you can obviously tell where I’ll be coming from by the subject line. I was able to do the same by reading the first headline, the sub-headers and the first several paragraphs of the first installment of your exposé.

What happened to unbiased news? Are you in competition with the Phoenix New Times or did you just hire a couple of their “reporters”?

I was looking forward to the series, but I’ve read enough. I miss the old Tribune of several years ago when it actually reported news instead of slanting it. Perhaps this series should be run in the opinion section or comics. Then it might be fun to read. I’ve had enough of the new Tribune.

When my subscription runs out, I won’t renew it. I’m sorry you lost your way. You used to be a good paper.

BRYCE BURGESS

CHANDLER

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Why not an average guy?

Responding to Tony Koleski’s July 10 letter (“Clark right about McCain”), we had a rocket scientist (nuclear physicist) with Jimmy Carter. See what that got us. Hostages in Iran and long gas lines.

FRED BYAS

MESA

MESA ARTS CENTER

Dodge other venue, MAC tops

A tip of the hat to the management, patrons and performers, past, present and future, at the Mesa Arts Center. I grant this kudo after having attempted to enjoy, at a hefty price I might add, an Allison Krause concert at the Dodge Theater in Phoenix. Maybe it’s a generational thing, but I wasn’t sure if I was at a baseball game or large-screen TV carnival.

After paying for row 36 seats and arriving at the advertised time of 7:30 p.m,, paying $8 to park and an insulting price for a bottle of water, Krause finally arrived on stage at 8:45 p.m. In the meantime, despite a brief lead-in performer, patrons constantly were entering, leaving, placing and receiving cell phone calls and sneaking down to empty seats in the front while beer, water and snacks were being hawked up and down the aisles. When finally the actual concert began, the sound system was horrible and, even from row 36, Krause might have well have been out on Interstate 10.

Needless to say, I should have stayed home and watched her music video on a better screen, with better sound and a better view.

Any performance I have attended at the Mesa Arts Center was, by comparison, intimate, the patrons both inside and outside the theater were polite, dignified and considerate and the staff was very competent. The ambiance was one of appreciation for the venue and opportunity. Choose Mesa!

PAUL INGLE

MESA

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