To The Daily Sun,
I was born in Laconia and left in 1968, when I was married. I am now a summer resident of Lempster, N.H.
As a 12 year seasonal resident of Arizona, and after reading Steve Earle's letter in which he elevates the former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, I felt I had to write this letter to correct his misconceptions. It is clear that Earle's knowledge about things Arizonan is vast.
First, Hispanics comprise 29 percent of the population of Maricopa County where Arpaio was the sheriff. What does Earle consider a disproportionate number of crimes? I suggest he looks at some of the major cities of the east coast and tell us what he finds. Boston would be a good place to start. He would not support Arpaio's tactics in Boston. In the last election, the people of Maricopa County said the same and voted him out.
Arpaio exhibited numerous acts of callousness towards people. For example, I'd like to have Earle spend one week living out in a tent in an area that frequently reaches temperatures in excess of 110° throughout the summer. Strict law enforcement is one thing, Steve. Intentionally causing suffering to prove one's superiority and ability to do so is another.
To set the record straight, Arpaio was convicted of ignoring a court order by a legitimate judge in a legitimate court. Is this the behavior that you want from a law enforcement officer? Your nonsense belief that the prosecution was politically motivated is just that: nonsense. Let's see that behavior from one of the local police chiefs and see how well received it might be by the local population.
I could tell you about other complaints about him ranging from fiduciary dishonesty in his department to carrying out a vendetta against a small Phoenix newspaper, but I can't possibly take up enough space here to explain the real Joe Arpaio. Arpaio is not someone anyone should admire. I suggest that you all go to the internet and find the real truth about him. A basic search will turn up a wealth of information. Mr. Earle, you should be the first to do so.
- Written by Edward Engler
- Category: Letters
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