Thursday, March 10, 2005

The clock has started

In the Advocate: LUS has 10 days to appeal ruling on bonds vote; the lead:
"The 10-day countdown started Wednesday for Lafayette officials to decide whether to appeal a judge's ruling that $125 million in bonds for the Lafayette Utilities System's telecommunications project can be brought to a public vote."
The story uses the occasion of Hebert's handing down his official ruling on the recent BellSouth lawsuit to review the possible future paths. Walking through the alternatives is a useful exercise--go take a look.What is apparent is that the road is now full of possible delays.

We also get additional pious silliness from the boys at Fiber411, who seem to have forgotten that for a few days after Hebert's ruling they stopped talking as if they weren't against the LUS fiber plan. We now are again treated to mealy-mouthed wordsmithing that says the group is "
not necessarily against the idea of fiber optics" and "just" wants a vote. Nonsense. They are, and have been since day one, against the only plan to get fiber optics to the home that has any hope of being implemented in the next decade. This is a reversion to the sort of deceptive language that got folks to sign the petition in the first place. Here's the test: if it's "just" a vote they want, will they go away if a referendum is called? Or will all their signatories suddenly discover that, presto chango, Fiber411 is without further remark or explanation transformed into an anti-LUS, anti-city group? We all know it will be the latter. Nobody believes they will go away--because nobody believes they "just" want a vote.

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