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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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Torturous topics

By Tip JohnsonOn Nov 19, 2006

While we’re being proud to be Americans, don’t forget that George Bush just pushed through legislation that makes it legal for our boys at Abu Ghraib to have [...]

Welcome to America!

By Tip JohnsonOn Nov 19, 2006

Protesting and dissent is no longer supervised by the police. It is actively escalated to violence, punished and prosecuted. This snippet is about a fellow rotting in jail as the [...]

Let them vote on it?

By Tip JohnsonOn Nov 19, 2006

Zetta Bracher, President of the local Democratic Women’s Club, has an idea for getting consensus on our “new direction” in Iraq.When it became apparent that there were no [...]

Hot Button

By Tip JohnsonOn Nov 16, 2006

The war in Iraq is widely regarded to have been the “hot button” issue of the last election. I don’t buy it. Americans seem to like a good fight. [...]

Plenty more to flush

By Tip JohnsonOn Nov 12, 2006

Bellingham’s new, old mayor, Tim Douglas, got off to a great running start at his new job by dealing quickly and firmly with an important issue that threatened to [...]

Killers or Healers?

By Tip JohnsonOn Nov 09, 2006

Congratulations, Americans. That was certainly worth voting for! Voters thoroughly routing the entrenched Neo-Con administration will help restore our world image, so badly damaged since re-electing them in 2004 and passively [...]

Electile Dysfunction

By Tip JohnsonOn Nov 06, 2006

Nope. I didn’t make it up. It’s from the subtitle of a book by Steve Bhaerman, under the pen name Swami Beyondananda. I have to admire the guy. [...]

The 16% Solution

By Tip JohnsonOn Nov 05, 2006

Results from the 17th year of a poll routinely taken by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News show that only 16 percent approve of the job Congress is doing. 52 percent [...]

Swirling Logo

By Tip JohnsonOn Nov 05, 2006

Hopefully the City’s new swirling logo will flush itself before it ends up glued on vehicles and emblazoned on letterhead. It’s horrible, but that’s only half the [...]

The Truth Fairy

By Tip JohnsonOn Nov 04, 2006

Heading into the last days of this election season, George Bush and his Neo-Con Republicans have been strumming a familiar tune to promote their candidates. Republicans, they say, will 1) Preserve [...]

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