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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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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 [...]

Character — The Content of Bellingham’s Neighborhoods

By Dick ConoboyOn Feb 13, 2017

The following is an excerpt from my recent article in the February edition of the Whatcom Watch entitled “Character - The Content of Bellingham’s Neighborhoods” regarding housing and land [...]

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 [...]

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