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Old 10-02-2012, 06:04 PM
 
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Wow, that's bad... Sounds like the boundaries of Texas need to be expanded
I don't think anyone in the state wants to lose the SBC area to our largest economic competitor. Except maybe SBC residents.
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:21 AM
 
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I think annie_himself may be on to something there, given that NW La. has always been treated as the red-headed stepchild as far as state politics and funding has been concerned. Wish I had a dollar for ever time I've heard people say how disappointed they were with the level of clout our region has down in Baton Rouge. Seems like anything North of Alexandria seems to not matter except when it comes election time. I've heard many a biz person in Shreveport-Bossier say they wish we were a separate state like North and South Carolina. I've also heard some say that Shreveport-Bossier would be better off if it were part of Texas. More business would probably locate here for sure.

There are other telling factors about NW La in how it differs from the rest of the state. Take our public health care system: LSU-Health Sciences Center (formerly known as Confederate Charity Hospital). It got funded with a pension fund for the widows & orphans of Confederate soldiers, hence the name "Confederate". Then it became part of the state-run charity hospital system and became known as LSU-HSC. Well we read about the dire straits our state hospital system is in. But did you know: That LSU-HSC in Shreveport is the one hospital in the state system that has been consistently operating IN THE BLACK!!
It has been actually making money!! And it has been sending a good deal of that profit down to Baton Rouge to shore up the under-performing charity hospitals in the state system. Now looks like we're going to gut the LSU-HSC in Shreveport and do a private-swap, which seems dubious given the Gov. Jindal's bent on privatization. LSU-HSC in Shreveport has been doing fine, it's what's going on down in the southern part of the state that hasn't been working out too well. But I digress.

A little trivia: back in the wild-n-wooly days of Shreveport's humble beginnings; the area was actually deemed a part of Texas . But factions kept it in the Louisiana region, I believe there was even a duel fought over the issue, with the winner making the city that was to be Shreveport a part of Louisiana.

It is what it is; while Shreveport-Bossier may be geographically and by boundary located in Louisiana, it got its basis as a more Texas community culture-wise for many, many decades until mid 1980's. As one who is from here, enlisted in the military and then came back, I was somewhat surprised at the Mardi Gras influence as it was more Tex-Mex before I left.
FWIW.
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Old 10-03-2012, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I think annie_himself may be on to something there, given that NW La. has always been treated as the red-headed stepchild as far as state politics and funding has been concerned. Wish I had a dollar for ever time I've heard people say how disappointed they were with the level of clout our region has down in Baton Rouge. Seems like anything North of Alexandria seems to not matter except when it comes election time. I've heard many a biz person in Shreveport-Bossier say they wish we were a separate state like North and South Carolina. I've also heard some say that Shreveport-Bossier would be better off if it were part of Texas. More business would probably locate here for sure.

There are other telling factors about NW La in how it differs from the rest of the state. Take our public health care system: LSU-Health Sciences Center (formerly known as Confederate Charity Hospital). It got funded with a pension fund for the widows & orphans of Confederate soldiers, hence the name "Confederate". Then it became part of the state-run charity hospital system and became known as LSU-HSC. Well we read about the dire straits our state hospital system is in. But did you know: That LSU-HSC in Shreveport is the one hospital in the state system that has been consistently operating IN THE BLACK!!
It has been actually making money!! And it has been sending a good deal of that profit down to Baton Rouge to shore up the under-performing charity hospitals in the state system. Now looks like we're going to gut the LSU-HSC in Shreveport and do a private-swap, which seems dubious given the Gov. Jindal's bent on privatization. LSU-HSC in Shreveport has been doing fine, it's what's going on down in the southern part of the state that hasn't been working out too well. But I digress.

A little trivia: back in the wild-n-wooly days of Shreveport's humble beginnings; the area was actually deemed a part of Texas . But factions kept it in the Louisiana region, I believe there was even a duel fought over the issue, with the winner making the city that was to be Shreveport a part of Louisiana.

It is what it is; while Shreveport-Bossier may be geographically and by boundary located in Louisiana, it got its basis as a more Texas community culture-wise for many, many decades until mid 1980's. As one who is from here, enlisted in the military and then came back, I was somewhat surprised at the Mardi Gras influence as it was more Tex-Mex before I left.
FWIW.
Make that Opelousas.

Don't feel bad as far as state funding is concerned, Baton Rouge and Lafayette are severely lacking in proper infrastructure compared to New Orleans and Jefferson Parish.
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