Sam Hieb

Contributing Editor

Posts by Sam Hieb (page 4)

  • Which fork in the road will the 2020 election take?

    Interesting letter to the editor in today’s Charlotte Observer: Will we be lucky a third time? If Lincoln had not been elected would there be a United States? If FDR had not been elected would the fascists be ruling half the world? Will the election of 2020 be looked…
    Sam Hieb, April 20, 2020
  • Coronavirus, the post office, ballot harvesting and–last but not least–North Carolina

    As long as coronavirus casts its pall over society–who knows how long that will be–the call for national voting by mail will no doubt increase. It’s certainly no mistake that today’s NYT editorial page had former presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s call to require every state to allow…
    Sam Hieb, April 15, 2020
  • Charlotte Observer to readers: Help, please

    I’ll just cut to the chase because anyone paying attention knows that– like the rest of us—- the newspaper business is suffering from the fallout of coronavirus–especially a bankrupt media company like McClatchy. In today’s Charlotte Observer, executive editor Sherry Chisenhall pleads for help: Dear readers,…
    Sam Hieb, April 13, 2020
  • Coronavirus isn’t derailing plans for Greensboro’s downtown trolley

    I got an email from the City of Greensboro’s Participatory Budgeting division: It will be a few months before funding is available to start any of the Participatory Budgeting (PB) Greensboro projects residents approved during Cycle 3. But City staff is already doing the legwork on one big project:…
    Sam Hieb, April 9, 2020
  • Charlotte makes NYT front page on coronavirus

    NYT front-page, above the fold headline: Black Americans Face Alarming Rates of Coronavirus Infection in Some States Three graphs down (empahsis mine): There is Donnie Hoover, a judge from Charlotte, N.C., who could not shake a dry cough that arrived in March. On the South Side of Chicago, LaShawn…
    Sam Hieb, April 8, 2020
  • Re: NYT calls out Guilford County for not staying home

    I have a confession to make–I read the print edition of the New York Times every day. It’s complicated; it involves a deal within the capitalist system with my local carrier. But somehow I missed this story, so hat tip to Rhino Times county editor Scott Yost for passing…
    Sam Hieb, April 6, 2020
  • 2020 RNC-‘The Show Must Go On’

    By now you’ve probably heard the Democratic National Convention has been pushed back to August. Before the news broke, New York Times analyzed the status of both the DNC and the Republican National Convention, which is scheduled for late August in Charlotte. Far as the RNC is…
    Sam Hieb, April 3, 2020
  • Re: Medicare for all and coronavirus

    In the middle of an otherwise reasonable editorial on North Carolina legislators’ response to the coronavirus, the Winston-Salem Journal can’t help but get in a little dig (emphasis mine): This would also be a good time to conveniently forget all the weak excuses for not passing Medicaid expansion. Yesterday…
    Sam Hieb, April 1, 2020