Part 1: A Western View of the Media’s No. 1 Show, Sheriff Joe Arpaio



Recently I was asked to comment on the trial of Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is currently on trial, along with his sheriff’s office, for alleged civil rights violations against Latino residents of the 9200 square mile central Arizona county. From my perspective as a transplanted Southwesterner in the heart of the American Midwest in Iowa City, the Sheriff Joe Show would have been a number one show for Paddy Chayefsky’s imaginary media conglomerate UBS’s creative directors in the award winning film, “Network.” The Teflon Sheriff has captured the imaganation, celebration and vilification of editors, bloggers, citizens, and the media for two decades but continues to enjoy huge support in Maricopa County, one of America’s Sunbelt hotspots for crime, economic depression, human smuggling, drug trafficking, and labor explotation.

Part one of my three part series on Sheriff Joe Arapio, the trial, media, and my perspective on American immigration policy since 1965, was published today in the Iowa City Press-Citizen. I believe this coversation is at the core of our national politics, the November presidential election, and our future as a nation. My perspective begins with my childhood growing up in Los Angeles, is shaped by a life lived on both coasts, the Southwest, and now today, in the heart of our nation, Iowa, where immigration from all corners of the globe have and continue to shape this agricultural eden since the first emmigrant’s plow broke its prairie soil in the early nineteenth century.

Below is the link to the story in today’s Iowa City Press-Citizen:


America’s Future Starts in Iowa with the 5 I’s

In recent weeks, I have written about Arizona’s Centennial on Feb. 14, 2012 and Iowa’s opportunity to lead America forward in the Iowa City Press-Citizen. I believe that both Arizona and Iowa share numerous similarities in their past, present and future. I am confident that Iowa’s leadership and its citizens, working together, can build a better future for the next generation in the heartland of America — and in doing so — the rest of the United States. Attached is a link to my Iowa City Press-Citizen article: “The 5 I’s: How Iowa Can Lead U.S. Back to Prosperity.”

Sustainable Plan Key to Eastern Iowa Future

Johnson County, Iowa and its eleven cities are a key part of Eastern Iowa’s future growth. This fall there are numerous municipal elections being held to determine key leadership in urban, suburban, exurban and rural planning and zoning, economic growth, educational initiatives, transportation integration, and sustainable environmental practices. I believe we should look to the Southwest and the Sunbelt for some good examples of how rapid growth can outpace boosterism and lack of urban planning can leave a community wondering how it changed so much so fast.

JohnsonCountyNew Urbanism should look West for success, failure

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Stuart Rosebrook | Writers’ Group

Each day I enjoy the early morning hours of my neighborhood in University Heights. I listen to the quiet awakening of our city and community. I can hear the hum of the highway, an early flight at the airport, and a distant horn of a freight train as it slips through town. Closer to home, neighbors walk their dogs, commute to work by car or bicycle, and the first teachers arrive at the local school to start the day.

Since June, I have followed the ongoing debate between councils and residents, supervisors and civic leaders. Every day I read about a new debate: Eastside vs. Westside; Coralville vs. Sycamore Mall; county growth vs. farmland preservation; church vs. condos; autos vs. bikes; neighborhoods vs. tailgaters; levee or no levee; bridge or no bridge. Surprisingly, only 5 percent of Iowa City residents voted for their city council in the recent primary. For such an active and educated community, this would appear apathetic, at best; cynical, at its worst.

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An Evening Talking Politics with KFYI’s Terry Gilberg

I recently had the pleasure of spending an hour talking politics and international affairs with Terry Gilberg of KFYI-550 Fox Radio. We had agreed that I would be her “boots on the ground” reporter from Iowa, where presidential politics are as thick as the mud of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers that border this corn-powered state. We were going to talk about Michelle Bachmann’s recent Iowa straw poll, Gov. Rick Perry, Sarah Palin and President Obama’s drive by in his Canadian bus, but minutes before I went on the air, she called and said that the Rebels had taken Libya and we would add a dash of Mid-East politics to the show. It was a lot of fun and I hope you get a chance to listen. I am looking forward to my next night on the radio with Terry and I guaratee you that the politics are just heating up in Iowa — and that international politics aren’t going to get any easier for our president either. And don’t forget to tune into Terry Gilberg on KFYI-550 on Saturday and Sunday nights!