Sam Hieb

Contributing Editor

Posts by Sam Hieb (page 5)

  • 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
  • Charlotte council extends controversial land swap deal with Mecklenburg County

    Charlotte Observer reports the City Council extended the deadline for Mecklenburg County to sell property it had obtained in a 2007 land swap with the city that opened space for BB&T Ballpark. The land swap deal deal dictated the city would regain control of the land–the site of Marshall…
    Sam Hieb, October 15, 2019
  • Mecklenburg sales tax hike: Charlotte culture at the crossroads or ‘total BS’?

    Charlotte Observer article on ‘culture at the crossroads’ as Mecklenburg County’s vote for a quarter-cent sales tax hike to benefit the arts approaches: To hear some arts leaders tell it, cultural groups in Charlotte face a financial crisis — and they’re hoping voters will deliver much-needed aid next month…
    Sam Hieb, October 11, 2019
  • Questions about former CMS superintendent’s dealings

    Big Charlotte Observer article on former Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox, who resigned under pressure earlier this year. The Observer probes whether or not Wilcox sought to benefit a digital learning technology company that employed his son: The Observer reviewed hundreds of pages of school district documents obtained through…
    Sam Hieb, October 10, 2019