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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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By Tip JohnsonOn Oct 20, 2016

Following David Camp’s post about The Royal Bank of Scotland pillaging their own customers, it is worth revisiting the Wells Fargo debacle of faking 2 million accounts to pad [...]

Good News, Trekkies

By Tip JohnsonOn Oct 13, 2016

The discovery of a watery planet circling Proxima Centauri only 25 trillion miles away is said to “give us hope to start anew on another planet”. Of course, we [...]

Batten Down the Hatches!

By Tip JohnsonOn Oct 12, 2016

Warning: Major Storms Threaten the Pacific Northwest. Nuff said.

Dumbing Down

By Tip JohnsonOn Oct 06, 2016

Apparently, we have irrevocably exceeded 400 parts per million (ppm) of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. It could be burning fossil fuels, increased volcanic activity or something unicorns are doing [...]


By Tip JohnsonOn Sep 29, 2016

When zerohedge.com, publishes an article about debunking the Obama Recovery Farce, many will take it with a grain of salt. But when the guts of it are coming out [...]

The Misery Money Medical Machine

By Tip JohnsonOn Sep 22, 2016

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News [...]

York Neighborhood Town Meeting a Smashing Success

By Tip JohnsonOn Sep 15, 2016

My apologies. This is the wrong photo. This one is from the election circus in the year 2024 when all will be better with a new, improved Clinton-Trump dynamic duo. In [...]

Bellingham’s Critical Housing Affordability Policy Failure

By Tip JohnsonOn Sep 08, 2016

Everyone knows there is an acute housing shortage in town, especially those who are looking for digs. We’ve had some recent shenanigans over policies originally designed to protect neighborhood [...]

Council President: Government is “Not a Back and Forth”

By Tip JohnsonOn Sep 01, 2016

Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) policy by all accounts is ripening. Meanwhile, other important policies seem unfortunately in decay - like opportunities for public discourse. As with all public policy, change [...]

Obamacare is Better - But than what?

By Tip JohnsonOn Aug 25, 2016

In the theory of market economics, government involvement should be limited to providing services the private sector can’t profitably or reliably provide. Obamacare may be inexorably proving the [...]

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