Thursday, February 17, 2005

Standing up! --Advertiser Letter

Well, that was fast. Barry J. Dufour "stands up" in a letter to the Advertiser. He gets right to a central point in this whole conflict: if good customers like himself can't get service because BellSouth doesn't think his neighborhood is good enough, then why are they getting in the way of his own community providing it for him and his neighbors?

Here is Barry's final paragraph; go get the entire letter to read the story that led him to this point:
So BellSouth, stop your complaining about LUS and the fiber optic project. At least they want to serve the public where you will not. You say that you can supply it to the homeowners, yet you don't. I am researching other phone companies' options and plans at this time and will change to a carrier that will benefit me.
(Yeah, I do realize that Barry is not likely actually responding to Durel's call to arms in the state of the parish address, but he is showing exactly the fire and spirit that Durel advocates.)

"Get out of our way." Indeed.


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.