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Tip Johnson

Writer • 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


By Tip JohnsonOn Apr 09, 2018

Editor’s Note: Mercury Victims of Whatcom County is an anonymous, loose-knit organization that credits itself with having delivered the final blow that prompted Georgia-Pacific to end its Bellingham operations. [...]

Something Stinks at the Post Point Wastewater Treatment Plant

By Tip JohnsonOn May 10, 2017

Something smells, but it is not just the screened sewage pouring into Bellingham Bay since early Saturday morning. A report at the City of Bellingham’s website says a “pipe [...]

That Big, Flat, Rural Jail or Regional Detention Center?

By Tip JohnsonOn Dec 29, 2016

I don’t really know Amy Glasser, but I’m starting to like her. She recently sent a letter to the County Council, asking some pointed questions about the highly [...]

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Recent comments

"With the caveat that perhaps no cops could be worse than some bad cops, the question remains how much is too much of a necessary thing? For another emerging perspective:[...]

Jun 19, 2018 on
The Traumatization of Our Police

"The proposed development immediately abuts the minimum required setback from Padden Creek - one half the recommended setback.  There is evidence that sloughing from these very lots changed the [...]

May 04, 2018 on
Perspective: Greenways could buy Padden Creek property

"On the subject of pedestrian safety, I might agree sandwich boards can impede walking, though they don’t usually bother me.  However, with an elevation similar to pedestrians’ feet [...]

Apr 03, 2018 on
Forbidden Signs of the Times Part II - The Central Business District

"COB has just started replacig a waterline from Donovan at Old Farihaven Parkway that will extend eventually under the Freeway up to 34th or 36th, don’t recall.  Seems [...]

Mar 18, 2018 on
12 Questions (Michael Lilliquist Interview)

"Can’t even hold my nose tight enough for this one.  Certainly hope Inslee makes them override a veto. After that, it would be very nice to know who [...]

Feb 26, 2018 on
What Are Our Lawmakers Hiding?
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