Thursday, February 17, 2005

"Durel urges support of LUS plan in talk on state of parish"

Well, after all my complaining (1,2) about how the media weren't likely to handle Durel's state of the parish address very well, along comes Blanchard at the Advocate to prove me wrong. His story, Durel urges support of LUS plan in talk on state of parish, gets it exactly right. Where KATC focused entirely on emotion and KLFY missed the point entirely, from the title on out the focus in the Advocate story is on what Durel wanted to accomplish: getting quietist supporters who are afraid of offending some client or supplier to come out in active support of the project. Go get the full story. It's a good, clean read. Here is a teaser:

While not naming names, Durel referred to his disappointment in "organizations and institutions that should be standing up and hollering for this project," but are not.

The Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and the Lafayette Economic Development Authority have made middle-of-the-road position statements on the project, while avoiding endorsement of the plan.

"When relationships stand in the way of doing the right thing for the community, that's good ol' boy politics and I don't accept that," Durel said.

Durel told the crowd, who he described as the "movers and shakers," to "come out strong. Stand up for this project."

Good stuff.


Neal Breakfield said...

Dear John:

Why is it that you are the only one who posts on your web site?

Oh, wait... Joey has something to say:

"It's a little scary... thinking of government getting into an entrepreneurial role is something that we were all kind of taught in civics that government doesn't do. Government doesn't compete with the private sector."

- Joey Durel, Campaign 2003

John said...

Folks, this is typical of Neal and, I have to say, the folks at Fiber411. If you'll look at adjacent posts you'll see that Neal, instead of actually responding to any of the articles or commentary just repeats himself 18 times. There’s no communication attempted. It's a tantrum; the (im)moral equivalent of pissing on a neighbor's wall because he said something you didn't like.

It would be easier to develop some respect for these guys if they'd show some for themselves.

Likely what is frustrating Neal is the growing wave of formerly silent support made visible in response to Joey Durel's call to action. And likely LPF is a target because he doesn't like what I say about the boys in response to yesterday's tirade posted to our site. (See

He can't answer real questions. He just continues to parrot whatever the last angry thing he or some handler feeds him.

I'll repeat what is obviously a futile plea: Start answering real questions. Quit mouthing nonsense.

I'm out of patience with these guys.

Neal Breakfield said...


People who can beat the message don't waste time trying to beat up the messenger.

WE have thick skin. You have no message.

The community's RIGHT to vote on this is not a luxury, it is a necessity. It is the law.

You want to break the law to ensure that you get your way.

You are entitled to your opinion, but if you try to break the law to infringe on OUR rights, WE can and will do something about it.

And no amount of insults will dissuade US from it.

Neal Breakfield said...


You are absolutely right about one thing: I was rude and I apologize. No excuses. I apologize to you and all the other users for spamming your site.

It will not happen again... with one exception: I will post this where I spammed in hopes that it will clear the air.

I want what I think most of us want: a meaningful, informative and civil discussion where all sides can be heard.

John said...


Thanks, that's a gracious and straightforward apology.


We all get wound a mite tighter than is good for us at times. Myself included.