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Letters: Arpaio a self-created celebrity

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Posted: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 4:15 am

The Arpaio publicity machine long ago fashioned the disarming "Sheriff Joe" moniker as a crafty way to subliminally and successfully insinuate a huckster into our lives. The "Joe" part particularly induces misplaced comfort and familiarity. He has become the Sheriff Joe teddy bear - clever product marketing which conjures up the false impression of one who is benevolent, approachable, trustworthy and our very own. In fact, Mr. Arpaio is a self-created (with our taxes) celebrity, lacking the overriding concerns for Constitutional rights and due process which define a true lawman. He shares nothing with police chiefs who are appointed and retained based on their professional merits, not elected on the base appeal of outrageous, headline-grabbing stunts and TV commercials.

It's time to end the "aw shucks it's just Sheriff Joe being Sheriff Joe" tolerance for his never-ending stream of mismanagement, incompetence and mean-spirited retaliation. Pull aside the screen which conceals this Wizard of Oz and see revealed an egocentric but very mediocre opportunist who is fully occupied with pushing everyone's buttons in order to ensure daily media coverage. The added revelations of his abdication of the sheriff's lawful public responsibilities to abusive, unrestrained cronies of whom only personal loyalty was demanded requires us to say: enough already!

Eric Landau, Fountain Hills

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