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    The question lingers—Will Charlotte host RNC?

    Every day there is uncertainty about coronavirus and its impact on the economy is a day closer to the scheduled Republican National Convention in Charlotte. But NYT reports even Republican lawmakers are becoming uneasy: President Trump has made clear that he wants a traditional political convention in Charlotte, N.C.,…
    Sam Hieb, May 12, 2020
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    Will Louis DeJoy ‘weaponize’ the U.S. Postal Service?

    Surely by now you’ve heard that President Trump has named Greensboro businessman Louis DeJoy as the new postmaster general. Didn’t take long—NYT expresses concern, given the call for national mail-in voting for the 2020 election: The installment of one of President Trump’s financial backers and a longtime Republican donor…
    Sam Hieb, May 8, 2020
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    UNCG professor wins $360k grant to study student debt

    And some say the “system” is breaking down—looks to me like it’s working just fine—in what other world (in the middle of a pandemic no less) would a professor get a $360,000 grant to study the impact of student loan debt, which (by the way) averages $30,000 per student?…
    Sam Hieb, May 7, 2020
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    Surprise—coronavirus impacting city budgets

    Well it’s budget season for cities in North Carolina and everywhere else—and forgive me for stating the obvious–the coronavirus outbreak will seriously impact those budgets. The North Carolina League of Municipalities warned back in April: North Carolina cities and towns face urgent needs in three areas. Financial: Sales tax…
    Sam Hieb, May 5, 2020
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    Is massive GCS bond–and the sales tax hike referendum to pay for it—dead?

    The proposed $1.6 billion Guilford County Schools bond–and the proposed sales tax hike referendum to pay for it—were on thin ice anyway in the wake of the coronavirus. But Rhino Times county editor Scott Yostreports they might be dead on arrival, dead on the water–however you want to put…
    Sam Hieb, May 4, 2020
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    Greensboro temporarily suspends bus service after driver tests positive for coronairus

    News & Record reports Greensboro Transit Authority’s employee walkout forced temporary suspension of all fixed routes after a driver “became ill and subsequently was diagnosed with” coronavirus.Later, the transit authority’s contractor told the N&R that 20 percent of normal weekday runs resumed later Wednesday.
    Sam Hieb, April 29, 2020
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    Meanwhile in Winston-Salem–the federal gov’t wheels keep churning

    Lest anyone think coronavirus means the end of civilization as we know it, there is comforting news* from down Interstate 40—the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem received a $30 million grant “designed to bring improvements to an area in eastern Winston-Salem stretching from 25th Street to the Innovation Quarter downtown.”…
    Sam Hieb, April 24, 2020
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    Look who’s exposing the environmental movement–Michael Moore. But…….

    Michael Moore’s new documentary Planet of the Humans was released at no cost on YouTube earlier this week. Moore is the producer, while his longtime associate Jeff Gibbs is the director. Full disclosure –I have not yet seen it. But apparently it skewers the environmental movement, including —you…
    Sam Hieb, April 23, 2020