Monday, February 21, 2005

Standing Up! — Lafayette Dems Endorse Fiber

A press release this afternoon carried the Lafayette Democrat's endorsement of the fiber optic issue. The question had been put before the executive committee at a recent public meeting (documented by the Indpendent) and apparently they finalized a statement of support in response to Durel's recent call. In fact, Durel comes in for a lot of praise, though his party affiliation is, not surprisingly, ignored. From the press release:
...A core principle of the Lafayette Democratic Party is to improve local businesses and the lives of local citizens. That principle drives the Lafayette Democratic Party to endorse the Lafayette Consolidated Government's plan for fiber optics.

Lafayette has embarked on a progressive plan to bring fiber optics to the homes and businesses of its citizens. With fiber optics, the Lafayette Utilities System will have the capacity to provide businesses and consumers with high-speed, low cost Internet, telephone, and cable television service.

We, the members of the Lafayette Democratic Parish Executive Committee, believe the project will enhance businesses, enrich our lives, and prepare our children for the future. With proper planning, future generations will see profits generated by this project stay in this community and improve businesses and lives for generations to come.
All the news we get here indicates that the local Republicans have also committed to formal endorsement by mid-week. Good. This isn't a partisan issue but a question of doing what's best for the people of this community. That both political parties apparrently can find good reasons to favor the plan is a testemant to just how right it is. You've got to have appeal aplenty to get these two groups to agree.


Neal Breakfield said...

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...

Still running a fax spam operation Neal or did you move on to something else?

John said...

Still running a fax spam operation Neal or did you move on to something else?

Stephen Handwerk - Lafayette Parish DEC said...

Well I could not disagree more with Mr. Breakfield. My civics class never proposed this concept instead it highlighted that the government must step up to take care of the needs of it's people. And the LUS plan is doing just that. Bell South nor Cox Cable have stepped up to offer this service to our community and will not in the future. In fact, Bell South and Cox Cable have a tepid relationship (at best) with the citizens of our Parish in that they provide sub par services and DO NOT take care of their clients. They DO NOT reinvest in our community by replacing old outdated equipment until they are FORCED to. We deserve better.

We would NOT be having this conversation if Bell South and/or Cox would have stepped up at the first chance to offer it's support and it's resources on this issue. It is clear (even by your accounts as you are no longer arguing that we do not need/want this) that Lafayette wants this... It is clear this will pass IF put to a vote. The only change is if forced to a vote the city will be forced to spend over $100,000 in advertising to try and compete with BS and COX as they will surely spend HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of dollars in mis-information "mud slinging".

As a small business owner and as a resident of Lafayette Parish I realize what this plan could actually achieve for this area. We can NOT afford to miss this opportunity. I just wish I understood why you and Fiber411 were trying to stop this. One can only surmise that you are a shill for Cox and Bell South.

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.

GumboFilé said...

It shouldn't surprise us that the Republican Party would support this. After all, the RP got its big start by accepting largesse from railroad companies in exchange for government favors, such as clearing out the Plains Indians. If you want to know how that all worked out, the government favored railroads are failing and the free-market railroads are thriving.

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.