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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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Art Buchwald And The Super Bowl

By Dick ConoboyOn Feb 04, 2017

The late humorist Art Buchwald wrote a syndicated newspaper column for decades. Each year on Thanksgiving Day, the papers would run his column Le Jour de Merci Donnant, written in [...]

“They Thought They Were Free”

By Dick ConoboyOn Feb 01, 2017

My Facebook time line is filled each day with posts about Trump and now, this weekend, about his odious executive order barring entry into the U.S. to those from [...]

The Unconscionable State of Our Rentals - Part II

By Dick ConoboyOn Jan 23, 2017

At the 18 January meeting of the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission, Bellingham Planning Director Rick Sepler provided some preliminary figures relating to the rental inspections now drawing to a close [...]

The Unconscionable State of Our Rentals

By Dick ConoboyOn Jan 18, 2017

The statistics from the first round of rental inspections in Bellingham were quite sobering, a 50% failure rate upon first inspection of rental units in the Sehome neighborhood. That is pretty [...]

Those Inalienable Rights And Your Job

By Dick ConoboyOn Jan 11, 2017

Did you even wonder what “inalienable rights” was about in the Declaration of Independence? ”WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are [...]

Stop Talking About Trump!

By Dick ConoboyOn Jan 04, 2017

Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump! This is the sound of the journalists’ and party hacks’ jackboots in the blathersphere as they march to the tune of [...]

It’s STILL The Derivatives, Stupid

By Dick ConoboyOn Dec 28, 2016

Stupid has arisen as the byword of banking. Last week I pointed out [Let’s Do Stupid All Over Again!] that banks were loosening their lending standards and taking on [...]

Let’s Do Stupid All Over Again

By Dick ConoboyOn Dec 21, 2016

According to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), banks are back to stupid in an era of debt deflation. By loosening borrowing standards they are increasing credit [...]

Hearing Examiner Halts Seattle’s ADU Ordinance

By Dick ConoboyOn Dec 15, 2016

In a decision that may have an impact on the planned update of Bellingham’s accessory dwelling unit (ADU) ordinance in 2017, Sue Tanner, the hearing examiner in Seattle, remanded to [...]

Amendment to Planning Commission Ordinance Passes Unanimously

By Dick ConoboyOn Dec 05, 2016

A month ago I wrote that there were changes in the offing with the composition of the Planning Commission to avoid possible group bias. [My original article can be found [...]

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