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About Dick Conoboy

Dick Conoboy is a recovering civilian federal worker and military officer who was offered and accepted an all-expense paid, one year trip to Vietnam in 1968. He is a former Army Foreign Area Specialist for Western Europe and Southeast Asia, counter-terrorism intelligence analyst and information/security manager at the Defense Department. Dick also worked as a resource manager at various government offices to include then VP Al Gore’s National Partnership for Re-inventing Government, now recognized as having been a shamefully neo-liberal “think tank”. He speaks fluent French and a passable English learned through many years of elementary school experience diagramming [...]

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Articles by Dick Conoboy

“Gort, America barada nikto”

By Dick ConoboyOn Jan 19, 2017

Unfortunately there is no Gort to save us from the ghastly death of sanity tomorrow at noon and bring our republic, as Klaatu, back to life . The fictional Ellen Benson [...]

A Brief Primer on Neoliberalsim

By Dick ConoboyOn Nov 16, 2016

The name Friederich* Hayek is not a household name, bandied about during dinner conversation, but it ought to be for we are seeing with the present election the very manifestation [...]

Changes May Be In Store For The City Planning Commission

By Dick ConoboyOn Nov 07, 2016

Update Sun afternoon, Nov 13: We have added a link below Dick’s article to a 4 page pdf by the Responsible Development organization that provides an action plan on the issue [...]

Housing Forum on Wednesday, Sep 14

By Dick ConoboyOn Sep 07, 2016

Housing concerns? Bring them to the forum! The York Neighborhood is sponsoring a forum on housing concerns on Wednesday, Sept 14th at the Garden Methodist Church at 7pm. [1326 N. Garden [...]

Fire on Jersey St. - An Investigation - Part III

By Dick ConoboyOn Oct 29, 2017

The Bellingham Fire Department (BFD) report of investigation (see attachment below) concludes that the fire at 1017 Jersey St. started in a daylight basement on the lower level, at an undetermined [...]

Fire on Jersey St. - An Investigation - Part II

By Dick ConoboyOn Oct 24, 2017

Serious health and safety conditions existed in the rental at 1017 Jersey St. BEFORE the fire. Telephone interviews I conducted with several of the former tenants of the rental that burned [...]

WWU Alumni - Stop the Fireworks

By Dick ConoboyOn Sep 22, 2017

You may remember several months ago when I asked the Bellingham Bells baseball team to cease their fireworks displays in an article entitled Bellingham Bells, Stop the Fireworks. At the [...]

Dick’s Pick - Jean Layton for City Council At-large

By Dick ConoboyOn Jul 15, 2017

Jean Layton should be our next at-large council member. One need go no further than looking at the web sites of Layton and her opponent, Roxanne Murphy. Layton provides the [...]

Time to Audit Private Rental Inspections - Part II

By Dick ConoboyOn Jul 13, 2017

Several weeks ago, I wrote about a case at 420 Lakeway Drive in which a rental unit that had passed inspection by a privately hired inspector in November 2016 had a plumber [...]

Time to Audit Private Rental Inspections

By Dick ConoboyOn Jun 22, 2017

With the passing of the Bellingham rental registration and inspection ordinance, thousands of rental units have been inspected during the first year the law has been in effect. We saw [...]

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