Sam Hieb

Contributing Editor

Posts by Sam Hieb (page 5)

  • Megachurch’s prayer for Trump

    While scrolling through the Facebook recently, I came across video of David Platt, pastor of the megachurch, praying for President Trump, who paid an impromptu visit following a round of golf. I watched with interest, and –in all honestly—anticipation— of Platt somehow elevating to Trump to God-like status.
    Sam Hieb, June 12, 2019
  • Rep. Lambeth’s “working families” healthcare bill

    As JLF’s Brenee Goforth posted earlier today, the heartland Institute recommends North Carolina reject calls to expand Medicaid, arguing the state would “need to reduce provider payments, divert resources from other important parts of the budget such as education or transportation, or greatly increase taxes.” With that in mind,…
    Sam Hieb, June 11, 2019
  • Re: Former Sen. Hagan’s public appearance

    It’s an understatement to say that I was shocked to see the condition of former Sen. Kay Hagan at her recent appearance for the groundbreaking of the $61 million air traffic control tower at Piedmont Triad International Airport. I knew she had been seriously ill with brain inflammation from…
    Sam Hieb, June 7, 2019
  • 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