Thursday, February 17, 2005

'Time for you to stand up'

Ok, I was just wrong. The Advertiser joins the Advocate in publishing an accurate and well-written article that focuses on the the real story of the state of the parish address.

The lead paragraph:
It's time for business owners, organizations and individuals who privately support the LUS fiber optics project to say so publicly, City-Parish President Joey Durel said Wednesday.
It goes on:

Durel told several hundred people at his State of the City-Parish address that his biggest disappointment since taking office Jan. 5, 2004, is that organizations, businesses and individuals are "not standing up screaming and hollering about this project."

"Good old boy politics" is at play when relationships stop people from outwardly supporting a project like this when they secretly support it, he said.

"It's time for you to stand up," Durel told the audience, suggesting fiber supporters write letters to the editor and speak up at council meetings. "Come out strong for this project."

A damned good story. I am happy to be wrong.

The people of Lafayette now have the challenge put to them in a straight-forward manner. Let's see how they respond.


Neal Breakfield said...

Maybe the people he is addressing elected him because he said things like this to get elected:

"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

That's why I voted for him... not again.

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.