Sam Hieb

Contributing Editor

Posts by Sam Hieb (page 2)

  • Charlotte Observer accused of racism in Mecklenburg County budget controversy

    Last week the Charlotte Observer reported Mecklenburg County commissioners had email and phone conversations about the county’s proposed budget, prompting the question of whether or not commissioners violated state open meetings law. The nearly $2 billion budget passed by an 8-1 vote, complete with a tax hike. But…
    Sam Hieb, June 5, 2019
  • Apparently the lesson of the Durham-Orange light rail line has been squandered

    Just last week I noted head-scratching by taxpayers in Durham and Orange counties over the $159 million bill for the light rail project that will not happen. You’d think that would give politicians in Wake County pause to reconsider any future light rail projects. Bad on you.
    Sam Hieb, June 4, 2019
  • Taxpayers scratching their heads over cost of failed Durham-Orange light rail

    There’s really not much I can add to WRAL’s lede: Some taxpayers in Durham and Orange counties are wondering why nearly $159 million of their dollars will be spent on a light rail project that will not happen. A couple of things to keep in mind here–voters in both…
    Sam Hieb, May 30, 2019
  • Greensboro’s new mental health department….

    Rhino Times’ John Hammer reports on the City of Greensboro’s proposed mental health department. Let’s go ahead and get the obvious out of the way–mental health is traditionally a county function, so the city getting into mental health is brand new territory. And –if you keep up with…
    Sam Hieb, May 29, 2019
  • Guilford legislators want to bring home the bacon

    Greensboro News & Record reports on efforts by Guilford County legislators to bring home “a larger share of the state budget for their constituents.” A cursory scan of the N.C. General Assembly website for bills that directly affect the county, one or more of its communities or a mix…
    Sam Hieb, May 28, 2019
  • Quick review of ‘All in the Family’ reboot

    In case you missed it, last night ABC ran a reboot of the classic 1970s TV shows”All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons.” Norman Lear–creator of both shows—endorsed the remakes, and the 90-minute live special began with Lear–sitting in Archie Bunker’s famous chair–giving a somber speech on “how…
    Sam Hieb, May 23, 2019
  • Greensboro scraps glass recycling

    WFDD reports the City of Greensboro will no longer accept glass at its recycling facilities, effective July 1. The City Council voted to make the move at last night’s meeting. The reason—Greensboro would soon start paying its recycling service to handle glass, instead of the other way around:…
    Sam Hieb, May 22, 2019
  • News release: Guilford County sheriff will do his job

    Incredible news release from Guilford County Sheriff Danny Rogers: Sheriff Rogers has met with several groups regarding immigration both formally and informally. He has issued statements regarding his position on immigration matched with that of public safety. Some members representing the immigrant community have asked the Sheriff to…
    Sam Hieb, May 22, 2019