Sam Hieb

Contributing Editor

Posts by Sam Hieb (page 3)

  • “As you know, tax increases are not easy. It takes money.”

    So says someone advocating for Mecklenburg County’s proposed quarter-cent sales tax hike on Tuesday’s ballot: “It just takes a lot of money to educate and to get our message out,” said Darrel Williams, who chairs the Partnership For A Better Mecklenburg. “As you know, tax increases are not easy. It…
    Sam Hieb, October 30, 2019
  • RIP former Sen. Kay Hagan

    Sad news yesterday that former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan died yesterday at her home here in Greensboro. Hagan had been in poor health since contracting the Powasan virus from a tick bite during a hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains in 2016, speculated her husband, Charles Hagan III. Hagan…
    Sam Hieb, October 29, 2019
  • Charlotte’s $50 million ‘first step’ toward new light rail line

    At Monday’s meeting, the Charlotte City Council will vote on a $50 million contract that would begin preliminary work on a 26-mile light rail line running from Matthews to Belmont. As the Observer reports, “the cost of the rail line is unknown, but it’s the biggest in a…
    Sam Hieb, October 25, 2019
  • Alamance commissioners put 1/4-cent sales tax hike on March primary ballot

    By a 4-1 margin, the Alamance County Board of Commissioners voted to put a quarter-cent sales tax hike on the March 2020 ballot. The rationale for putting the sales tax hike on the March primary ballot, as opposed to the November general election ballot, is to give commissioners…
    Sam Hieb, October 23, 2019
  • High-speed rail from Charlotte to Atlanta?

    The “tantalizing prospect” as the Charlotte Observer puts it: a high-speed rail line from Charlotte to Atlanta that would reduce the trip to just two hours: The Charlotte-to-Atlanta portion of the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor would not be in use for years, largely because it has no federal…
    Sam Hieb, October 22, 2019
  • Charlotte Observer says thumbs down on sales tax hike

    In yesterday’s Sunday lead editorial, the Charlotte Observer says citizens should vote against the proposed sales tax hike on the November ballot: There should be little doubt that a robust arts scene and parks system are vital to our thriving city and county. There also is little question that…
    Sam Hieb, October 21, 2019
  • N&O columnist’s ‘humorous’ examination of Lindsey Graham’s spine

    In today’s News & Observer, North Carolina writer Celia Rivenbark takes a ‘humorous,’ down-home home look at Sen. Lindsey Graham’s spine, or lack thereof: South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham reports he’s feeling “fit as a fiddle” after spine surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina last week. “See,…
    Sam Hieb, October 18, 2019
  • Mecklenburg commissioner weighs in on proposed sales tax hike

    Letter to the editor from Mecklenburg County Commissioner Pat Cotham on the proposed quarter-cent sales tax hike to benefit arts and parks that will be on the ballot next month: In the interest of truth and transparency, I would appreciate it if supporters of the quarter-cent tax would stop…
    Sam Hieb, October 16, 2019