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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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Public Banks Are the Answer

By Dick ConoboyOn Feb 27, 2017

The Case for Public Banking Public banks are an effective way to use public funds for the good of communities, much like public utilities, instead of for the profit of [...]

Rental Inspections and the York Neighborhood

By Dick ConoboyOn Feb 06, 2017

The Sehome and York Neighborhoods have been inspected with an initial failure rate of about 50% in Sehome and approximately 31% in York. In Sehome, 748 units passed on either the first or [...]

“Gort, America barada nikto”

By Dick ConoboyOn Jan 19, 2017

Unfortunately there is no Gort to save us from the ghastly death of sanity tomorrow at noon and bring our republic, as Klaatu, back to life . The fictional Ellen Benson [...]

A Brief Primer on Neoliberalsim

By Dick ConoboyOn Nov 16, 2016

The name Friederich* Hayek is not a household name, bandied about during dinner conversation, but it ought to be for we are seeing with the present election the very manifestation [...]

Changes May Be In Store For The City Planning Commission

By Dick ConoboyOn Nov 07, 2016

Update Sun afternoon, Nov 13: We have added a link below Dick’s article to a 4 page pdf by the Responsible Development organization that provides an action plan on the issue [...]

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 [...]

Pigs in a Poke for Residents on Land Issues and Zoning

By Dick ConoboyOn Jan 20, 2018

The recent Determination of Non-significance (DNS) on the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) ordinance now before the Bellingham Planning Commission raises a profound problem in the current review of land issues [...]


By Dick ConoboyOn Jan 11, 2018

N’Oprah…that is… NO to Oprah. The January 11th Guardian announced boldly that none other than Steven Spielberg has come out for Oprah for president, a sure sign that [...]

Murphy to Lead Bellingham City Council

By Dick ConoboyOn Jan 08, 2018

Roxanne Murphy has been selected by her colleagues as president of the city council through 2018. Major committee assignments are lining up as: 1. Finance and Personnel: Hammill, Barker Vargas 2. Public Works [...]

Cognitive Dissonance Я Us: Meet the Planning Commission

By Dick ConoboyOn Jan 07, 2018

That loud and incessant clanging you heard last Thursday night emanating from city hall was from the heads of the Bellingham Planning Commission members as the clapper of cognitive dissonance [...]

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