Sam Hieb

Contributing Editor

Posts by Sam Hieb (page 823)

  • Merry Christmas, Stanley Battle

    This is just what every incoming chancellor needs: A high-ranking university official faces criminal charges after an internal N.C. A&T audit found someone created a slush fund to funnel rebates on school equipment purchases, records show. Rodney Emile Harrigan, 61, vice chancellor for information technology and telecommunications, turned…
    Sam Hieb, December 19, 2006
  • Doesn’t make sense

    The Rhino’s John Hammer wonders why City Manager Mitchell Johnson overpaid the contract to tear down Willow Oaks Shopping Center: Suddenly it is the city’s responsibility to prove that the contractor should not be paid an additional $35,006 on a $30,959 initial contract. The statement doesn’t make any…
    Sam Hieb, December 18, 2006
  • Unalienable right

    I recently saw a very interesting bumper sticker: “Annoy a liberal. Work hard, be happy.” I thought of that bumpers tickewr after seeing the new Will Smith movie The Pursuit of Happyness. The theme of the movie follows the statement made by the bumper sticker, sort of. Throughout the…
    Sam Hieb, December 18, 2006
  • Political crystal ball

    Sen. Kay Hagan ponders her political future: “I think I’ve heard quite a bit of speculation that if Howard Coble were to step down, she’d be an ideal candidate for the 6th Congressional District,” said Jerry Meek, chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party. Coble, a Republican, has held…
    Sam Hieb, December 18, 2006
  • Supernanny

    The Journal supports the American Academy of Pediatrics’ call for Congressional oversight of advertising that may be harmful to children: The academy wants Congress to step in. The pediatricians want junk-food ads banned during children’s programming, alcohol ads restricted to the product alone without any cartoon characters or beautiful…
    Sam Hieb, December 18, 2006
  • Defibrillation

    The N&R discusses open heart surgery. I think a defibrillator is more in order: Heart of the Triad is a tough sell. Against the uncertain backdrop of hot and cold relations, the hardest part may be building and sustaining buy-in from six governments. Only two elected officials attended the…
    Sam Hieb, December 18, 2006
  • A modest proposal

    Gov. Mike Easley elaborates on his proposal for a $5000 adoption tax credit: “There’s always been so much talk about pro-choice vs. pro-life, and we need to have a culture of life — you hear that one side — or we need to protect a woman’s right to choose…
    Sam Hieb, December 17, 2006
  • To privatize or not to privatize

    …That’s the decision DOT Secretary Lyndo Tippett in the wake of an I-40 screw-up: To reduce the risk of such mistakes in the future, Tippett said he will consider whether some DOT roles should be shifted to private industry. DOT managers will take more care in planning “unique and…
    Sam Hieb, December 17, 2006