In this time of partisan bickering and angry, sometimes uncivil, exchanges between Republicans and Democrats, the unity of the two parties on a critical issue such as the LUS FTTH plan is a like a breath of fresh air. The local party organizations both adopted resolutions in support of the issue, and while the approaches by which a decision was reached differ, they are unified in endorsing its passage on July 16.It's easy to agree with the Advertiser that such bipartisanship deserves to spread. And I'd say the perfect first place from which to "come to their senses" is on the issue that has brought the parties together locally: municipal telecom. We've proved here that viable bipartisan coalition can be built on this issue. Our legislators ought to be able to come together in so plain a situation and decide to let the reelection money that flows so freely from BellSouth, Cox and the industry they represent flow elsewhere for once and put the interest of the communities they represent first.
Hopefully, this example of bipartisanship will attract widespread attention and inspire officials at other levels of government to look at issues objectively instead of from a party standpoint only.
At the state level they can fight any further "compromise" of the compromise BellSouth and Cox agreed to last year.
At the federal level our representative need to educate themselves on the issue and stand before congress as defenders of something great that is happening in their districts. Vitter, in particular as an early supporter who has shown signs of sticking with that endorsement even after he got the job, has a great place from which to stand and defend municipal telecommunications.
We can certainly hope that our state and local officials learn from the example of Lafayette.