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About Tip Johnson

Tip Johnson is a longtime citizen interest advocate with a record of public achievement projects for good government and the environment. A lifelong student of government, Tip served two terms on the Bellingham City Council and has worked on many community boards and committees. He travelled with the Federal Transit Administration and Department of Commerce on mass transit trade missions in SE Asia and Africa before settling down to focus on keeping public interests at the fore of local government and the course of growth and development.

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Interstate 5: Washington’s Longest, Slowest Parking Lot

By Tip JohnsonOn Aug 18, 2016

Took a trip down to Oregon last weekend, about 225 miles. Google said about 3 hours, 42 minutes. Slowdowns encountered in every metropolitan area added 3 hours to the total each way, much of [...]

The Two Party System - Gack!

By Tip JohnsonOn Jul 23, 2016

An astute political observer just brought this to my attention. Clinton’s selection of unknown Kaine as running mate signals that Democrats are willing to throw the election to [...]

Northwest Citizen Publisher goes punk

By Tip JohnsonOn Jul 18, 2016

Well, steampunk that is. Watch here to see Northwest Citizen publisher, John Servais, promote an upcoming Fairhaven Steampunk festival on big city television: Tip Johnson

Lummi Island Drawbridge

By Tip JohnsonOn Jun 25, 2016

A drawbridge these days is usually a symbol of mutual public cooperation. They rise to let ships pass and close so surface transportation can resume. In days past, it was [...]

Dogged Pursuit of a Failed Vision?

By Tip JohnsonOn Mar 08, 2016

Author's Note: I was wrong and owe the prosecutor an apology. I'm sorry. I am told on good authority that the header designating the Chief Deputy Prosecutor on [...]

Idea for Our Times: Puget Sound Repair Project

By Tip JohnsonOn Mar 07, 2016

Imagine a toilet that can’t flush but still gets used. OK, sorry about that, but it’s exactly the problem with Puget Sound. Like any water body [...]

Punishing the Wrong Guys

By Tip JohnsonOn Mar 01, 2016

Ralph Schwartz is to be commended for his excellent reporting of the Coast Guard’s ongoing intimidation of climate activists Chiara D’Angelo and Matt Fuller, who shared [...]

Elfo: Enforcement, Litigation or Risks?

By Tip JohnsonOn Feb 27, 2016

In the original Whatcom County Council Agenda for Tuesday, February 23, 2016, the Finance Committee was scheduled to hear an “Update from Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo regarding jail use agreement [...]

Jail Notes - Elfo and Everyone Else

By Tip JohnsonOn Feb 22, 2016

Sheriff Bill Elfo is scheduled to make a presentation to the County Council tomorrow. Agenda Bill 2016-100 states only that the presentation is about the Jail Use Agreement with the [...]

Jail Reform: Music to My Ears

By Tip JohnsonOn Feb 14, 2016

The life of a lowly editorialist is such that we often don’t have access to the resources needed to redress the grievances we detail. Such is the case [...]

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