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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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Update on University Ridge Student Dormitory Development

By Dick ConoboyOn May 08, 2013

The revised University Ridge dormitory apartment proposal was submitted by Ronald Jepson and Associates on behalf of Ambling University Development to the Planning Department on April 29th. The most basic [...]

Status of the Move to Ban Fireworks in Bellingham

By Dick ConoboyOn Apr 06, 2013

To begin with, why is this child involved in the sale of fireworks? The photo above appeared last year in several publications as preparations were underway for fundraising efforts of [...]

Is That Apple Hard Drive Really Yours?

By Dick ConoboyOn Apr 04, 2013

“My only option for the wrecked drive, the specialist told me over the phone, was to send it to a company called Data Savers. For between $750 and $2,500, a man [...]

University Ridge Height Variance Hearing Postponed

By Dick ConoboyOn Mar 12, 2013

The variance hearing for an exception to building height restrictions for the University Ridge student housing project has apparently been postponed, although such an amendment has not yet appeared on [...]

Obamacare and the Coming (Not Again?) Wealth Transfer

By Dick ConoboyOn Mar 06, 2013

It is called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (short form: “Obamacare”). As with most laws nowadays, you can be sure that the effect of the law [...]

Support our Troops - Ban Fireworks

By Dick ConoboyOn Mar 03, 2013

Over two years ago I wrote a column for NWCitizen entitled “Fireworks in Bellingham” in which I explained the reasons there should be a total ban on public [...]

University Ridge Student Housing - What is it?

By Dick ConoboyOn Feb 25, 2013

Coming soon (fall of 2014) to the Samish and Puget Neighborhoods may be a privately-owned student housing project of four buildings. It will have 164 units (allowed density is 176 units) and be [...]

Behind the Charter Schools Initiative

By Dick ConoboyOn Oct 19, 2012

Washington voters have wisely turned down three attempts to create charter schools in this state, once in 1996, once in 2000 and again in 2004. They should replicate these defeats in 2012 with Initiative 1240. ([...]

Petition Drive to Ban Consumer Fireworks Underway

By Dick ConoboyOn May 24, 2012

Last year I wrote an article explaining the rationale for banning consumer fireworks in Bellingham. (You can review that article at this link below - 1) The reasons I outlined in [...]

Padden Trails.  It Is Not About Infill; It Is About Profits

By Dick ConoboyOn Apr 07, 2012

On April 1st, Linda Twitchell, government affairs director for the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County, published an editorial in the Herald [1] in support of the rezone of the 113-acre [...]

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