Tip Johnson

Citizen Journalist and Editor • Member since Jan 11, 2008

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.

Articles by Tip Johnson

Sitting on a Gold Mine?

By Tip JohnsonOn Feb 09, 2020

What if public agencies were sitting on a gold mine, a mineral deposit worth potentially billions? OK, not gold, but a large quantity of a valuable element? The Department of [...]

Vote Like Your Life Depends On It

By Tip JohnsonOn Jan 28, 2020

Almost everyone agrees that health care in USAmerica is broken and too expensive. Our costs are higher than other developed nations but our outcomes no better. In some cases they [...]

Jail Tax: Third Time’s a Charm?

By Tip JohnsonOn Jan 22, 2020

The County Council has started their third attempt to pass the fourth tax since 1998 earmarked for repair or replacement of our jail - effort seven for four taxes. Sheriff Elfo’[...]

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Recent comments

"I agree that actual available beds should be known. I have been unable to find any hospital daily census reporting.  Staff attrition is another concern. If we are at [...]

Apr 05, 2020 on
COVID-19 Hospitalizations in Whatcom County

"Ah! But, judging from the chemfix slab DOE findings (http://www.skookum.us/fowcweb/GP/chemfix/pages/76.9.17.GP.htm), and assuming this “influent sludge” was generally characteristic, the concentration was [...]

Feb 17, 2020 on
Sitting on a Gold Mine?

" Oh, plenty keen, Larry.  I was just poking you. And I agree with your as usual well formed thinking on the subject. I keep wondering if we wouldn’[...]

Jan 23, 2020 on
Who’s Running Your Neighborhood Association? And Why Care?

"Ha ha, Larry.  Call me out!I agree there should be a more uniform framework for n’hood associations.  Zoning should be returned to the n’hood elements [...]

Jan 23, 2020 on
Who’s Running Your Neighborhood Association? And Why Care?

"Indeed, when our first Comp plan was adopted, neighborhood elements of the plan included the zoning and often specialized, site specific prerequisite conditions.  MNAC was designed to get started [...]

Jan 20, 2020 on
Who’s Running Your Neighborhood Association? And Why Care?