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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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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 [...]

Fire on Jersey St. - An Investigation - Part III

By Dick ConoboyOn Oct 29, 2017

The Bellingham Fire Department (BFD) report of investigation (see attachment below) concludes that the fire at 1017 Jersey St. started in a daylight basement on the lower level, at an undetermined [...]

Fire on Jersey St. - An Investigation - Part II

By Dick ConoboyOn Oct 24, 2017

Serious health and safety conditions existed in the rental at 1017 Jersey St. BEFORE the fire. Telephone interviews I conducted with several of the former tenants of the rental that burned [...]

WWU Alumni - Stop the Fireworks

By Dick ConoboyOn Sep 22, 2017

You may remember several months ago when I asked the Bellingham Bells baseball team to cease their fireworks displays in an article entitled Bellingham Bells, Stop the Fireworks. At the [...]

Dick’s Pick - Jean Layton for City Council At-large

By Dick ConoboyOn Jul 15, 2017

Jean Layton should be our next at-large council member. One need go no further than looking at the web sites of Layton and her opponent, Roxanne Murphy. Layton provides the [...]

Time to Audit Private Rental Inspections - Part II

By Dick ConoboyOn Jul 13, 2017

Several weeks ago, I wrote about a case at 420 Lakeway Drive in which a rental unit that had passed inspection by a privately hired inspector in November 2016 had a plumber [...]

Time to Audit Private Rental Inspections

By Dick ConoboyOn Jun 22, 2017

With the passing of the Bellingham rental registration and inspection ordinance, thousands of rental units have been inspected during the first year the law has been in effect. We saw [...]

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 [...]

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