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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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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 [...]

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 [...]

Bellingham Bells - Stop The Fireworks

By Dick ConoboyOn Jun 16, 2017

Several years ago the Bellingham City Council banned the possession or use of consumer fireworks within the city limits (BMC 10.24.130). The ban was the result of a citizen push led [...]

Rental Inspections in Happy Valley - A Report

By Dick ConoboyOn Apr 07, 2017

Rental inspections continue in Bellingham with the latest round in the Happy Valley Neighborhood. While statistics are not yet available the raw report indicates many of the same issues as [...]

Thoughts on St. Patrick’s Day

By Dick ConoboyOn Mar 17, 2017

Were Saint Patrick alive today he would have more to drive out of the four provinces of Ireland than snakes. Today’s equivalent “snakes” are the British with their colonial [...]

City Planning Commission Transformed

By Dick ConoboyOn Mar 03, 2017

With the appointment of Mike Estes to the seven member Bellingham Planning Commission at the last City Council meeting, and the pending appointment of Iris Maute-Gibson in April, the development [...]

Wither Goes the DNC?

By Dick ConoboyOn Feb 25, 2017

In the introduction to Dante Alighieri’s Inferno he describes the entry to the gates of hell over which is written “Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate”, meaning “Abandon hope [...]

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