I rousted myself to listen to coffee with the mayor on KPEL this morning hoping to hear something to confirm or deny rumours that have been floating about.
Didn't get that but did get to hear Durel flogging the fiber issue yet again. In between calls about police directing traffic at schools, a mysterious black Toyota Seqouia, and something about a referree Durel kept hitting away at the fiber issue. He is uncompromising in drawing the contrast between big corporations and local control. He's dead center on target with that one. Almost all the other issues are anchored in that one in some way.
No one in Atlanta, no matter how rich and powerful, should be trying to tell us what to do. Period.
But the emotional highlight of the morning was Evelyn, a little ole lady of 87 (we heard the age several times), who called in with a complaint about the fiber petitioners. According to Miz Evelyn she had been taken advantage of by a sweet young couple with two children who reminded her of her all her grandneices and nephews. As she recounts it she thought that by signing the petion she was somehow supporting Lafayette (and that nice young couple). But, with a little prompting from Durel, she said that she'd told them that she wanted to buy those bonds for the grandchildren and that she liked progress. She only discovered the truth about the petition when she watched Durel on Television. She was most apologetic and wanted her name off.
The local color, the accent, the patient mayor, the wonderful, courtly older lady were more fun than should be allowed before I'd had my coffee.
The BellSouth/Fiber411 petitioners take the odd stand that someone like Miz Evelyn, who really, really wants the progress the fiber build would represent, should be singing the petition because it is "only" about a vote on bonds. That's just not true and they absolutely have to know it. It is about stopping those bonds from being issued. It is about arranging for our city to be mugged by wealthy corporate outsiders with a demonstrated propensity to lie. Its about flooding our community with mean-spirited insinuations about the trustworthyness of our elected leadership; insinuations funded by corporate masters who don't give a fig for Lafayette or, indeed, anything but the lucre they can make off us.
If the guys at Fiber411 who designed this petition want to be believed about their more substantial positions (as few as I think they are) they simply have to stop claiming that their aim is anything other than it is. This little ole lady won't be the last piece of bad publicity that they get on this score.