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Posted: Monday, October 27, 2008 9:16 pm | Updated: 9:06 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

How come Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and his staff were not aware of and allowed these illegal immigrants to be employed here in Mesa? It seems that the Tribune takes every opportunity in downing Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for enforcing the law on illegal immigration.

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Arpaio deserves our support

How come Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and his staff were not aware of and allowed these illegal immigrants to be employed here in Mesa? It seems that the Tribune takes every opportunity in downing Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for enforcing the law on illegal immigration. Let me be clear. I have no problem with people being here legally.

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But it seems that you, and some others, want to bypass the law for these illegals.

Arpaio is doing his job. Either help him or get out of the way!

WILLIAM H. SELLER

Toughest sheriff or biggest joke?

Buford Pusser, of “Walking Tall” fame, who cleaned out the notorious roadhouses in his Tennessee county using only a large club, was a tough sheriff. Wyatt Earp, who faced some of the meanest bad men in the old West, was a tough sheriff. Maricopa County’s self-proclaimed “Toughest Sheriff in America” is a pompous bureaucrat who uses his office to degrade and humiliate detainees to make himself appear larger than he is.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his public relations staff are constantly looking for ways to further hype his bloated ego, usually at the expense of the inmates and immigrants.

He’s probably hoping for another appearance on Lou Dobbs’ TV show. Considering the massive 24/7 taxpayer-funded security that surrounds him, Arpaio’s biggest personal risk is a paper cut while initiating more oppressive directives from the safety of his plush office.

After years of abusing detainees, Arpaio appears to have become a little paranoid. There’s little doubt that he has made many enemies and despite the public chest-thumping, he likely jumps at shadows and things that go bump in the night.

Tent City, Arpaio’s signature dish and living testimony to man’s inhumanity to man, closely mimics an old military prison. Perhaps that canvas-covered gulag out at the Durango curve is an appropriate legacy for America’s Biggest Joke.

BROOKE CABANISS

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