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Opinion: Who knew?

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Who knew that Bossier City was one of the best places to get a job?  Well, obviously those persons who have moved to Bossier City and now live there.

Their faith in the city is now being verified by Money Magazine, which recently released its study on the best places to find a job in America.

lou BurnettAnd there was Bossier City, listed at No. 7.  Here is what the study had to say about the city:

  • Population – 66,514.
  • Job Growth Since 2010 – 19%.
  • Projected Job Growth Through 2018 – 11.9%.
  • Bossier City is located in the northwest corner of Louisiana, across the Red River from sister-city Shreveport.  The city is a modern-day Southern river town, complete with four riverboat casinos, outlet shopping, and a 14-screen movie theatre.
  • Bossier City is a great spot for regional foodies, with plenty of unique Cajun-style cuisine and Southern barbecue to be had.  The big industries here are tourism and recreational gaming, though there are also many military jobs in the area.

So now you know.  Also in the Top 10 were Sugar Land, TX; Flower Mound, TX; Carmel, IN; Allen, TX; Highlands Ranch, CO; Franklin, TN; Bismarck, ND; Cary, NC; and Bellevue, NE.

U.S. Senate debate

Centenary College will be the site for a U.S. Senate debate featuring the three major candidates – incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, and Republican retired Air Force Colonel Rob Maness.

The event is set for Tuesday, October 14 in the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse from 7 to 8 p.m.  It will be broadcast live on Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) stations around the state.

Forum organizers are the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) and LPB.  It is being underwritten by AARP with additional support provided by the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce.

Attendance at the debate is by invitation only.  It will be moderated by Dr. Christopher Parker, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Centenary.

While there are eight candidates on the ballot in the U.S. Senate race, Landrieu, Cassidy, and Maness were the only ones to meet the criteria set forth by CABL.

Candidates had to receive at least 5% support in a recognized, nonpartisan or news media poll prior to the debate; or raised and spent at least $250,000 in campaign contributions, established a campaign committee with a treasurer and campaign staff, and filed campaign  finance reports with the Federal Elections Commission prior to the debate.

It is the second and final time the three candidates will appear together in a debate.  Cassidy has refused to participate in three of the five debates that were scheduled.

While he appeared in one at the Baton Rouge Press Club, he has turned down a joint debate by KNOE-TV in Monroe and KALB-TV in Alexandria, as well as debates sponsored by WDSU-TV in New Orleans and WWL-TV in New Orleans.

The KNOE/KALB debate was canceled because  the stations did not feel a partial date was productive.  No word on the other debates, which are scheduled in October.