Articles by Tip Johnson
"Big shoes to fill, but I hope some try.A Tribute to Wendy Harris
"Sadly not the only administrative effort exhibiting a lack of leadershipLeadership
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.
"Big shoes to fill, but I hope some try.
"Sadly not the only administrative effort exhibiting a lack of leadership
The President of the American Red Cross has come out in support of the Gold Medal for the Dollies who served in Vietnam
We reprint the 2014 speech she gave upon accepting the Paul deArmond Award.6 comments, most recent 2 weeks ago
$3.5 million Point Roberts Broadband project: is it worth it?
This legislation calls for a $5 trillion National Infrastructure Bank that will finance the nation’s infrastructure needs without involving the budget or adding to the national debt.4 comments, most recent 4 weeks ago
Whatcom County Council District 4 position is voted for only by those living in the 4th District, the center of the county including Lynden.1 comment, most recent 1 month ago
Whatcom County Executive election, voted on by all residents of our county
Whatcom County Council At Large position, voted on by all residents of the county.
Experience counts.3 comments, most recent 4 weeks ago
The developer, who bought the property to build the private student dormitory, CityView, now has a very, very large white elephant on his hands.3 comments, most recent 2 months ago
The Port contends it is mandated to increase revenue and jobs for the Port. But just what does that mean?18 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Bellingham City Council, At Large position, voted on by all residents of Bellingham.
Meridian School Board election, position 5
They died in Vietnam supporting and entertaining the troops. Memorial Day is for them too. So is a Congressional Gold Medal.
Anika Sirois comments on the idea of a new jail for Whatcom County
The state of Washington has much to gain by the passage of a bill that will provide for $5 trillion to finance infrastructure nationwide.3 comments, most recent 4 months ago
This is not a new phenomenon in our city.
[The following is reprinted from The Retiree Advocate, monthly newsletter of Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA). &...1 comment, most recent 4 months ago
Toxic waste, scrap recycling, jarring noise, and dubious processes on the waterfront: How did this happen?10 comments, most recent 2 months ago
A review and update of Bellingham’s rental registration and inspection program is long overdue.10 comments, most recent 4 months ago
Moreover, is a new jail of any size necessary?2 comments, most recent 4 months ago
In 2020, there were 464.29 abortions per 1,000 pregnancies among women aged 15-19 in Whatcom County.2 comments, most recent 5 months ago
David Netboy contends “business as usual” is no longer acceptable, and here’s why.15 comments, most recent 4 months ago
Long-time Port watcher, Doug Karlberg, suggests a different point of view on the waterfront scrap pile.5 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Ban them all. Forever. Every single, solitary firearm in the U.S.18 comments, most recent 4 months ago
Including others when developing solutions is a hallmark of leadership. It was not evident at the March 13th City Council meeting regarding new drug use sanctions.7 comments, most recent 5 months ago
David Netboy writes: So how, exactly, does ABC Scrap Metal “restore the health of the land and water” on our waterfront?11 comments, most recent 5 months ago
Garrett O’Brien guest writes. And just how do we get out of this housing mess?21 comments, most recent 5 months ago
The Senate Committee on Business, Financial Services, Gaming & Trade failed to vote the bill out of committee, but it can be revived in the second year of the biennium.
The program appears to be dying of self-inflicted wounds that were long predicted. Supporters stiffened their spines instead, ignoring the obvious blood loss.11 comments, most recent 4 months ago
Millions of Medicare recipients have already been schnookered into Medicare Advantage. Don’t be a victim. Fight back.6 comments, most recent 6 months ago
If we do not speak out NOW on the privatization of Medicare, the system will effectively be eaten alive from within.3 comments, most recent 6 months ago
Stoney Bird, local writer and activist, was severely injured in a fall at this home. He has helped many. Now it is our time to return the support.3 comments, most recent 6 months ago
At least with a real joke, you get to laugh. Here, the government seem to laugh at you.7 comments, most recent 6 months ago
Atul Deshmane explains his dissenting vote on the new jail recommendation report of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee to the County Council9 comments, most recent 6 months ago
With the loss of Michael Gan, TAGNW has become a puppet organization of big telecom that is aggressively working against the public interest.4 comments, most recent 6 months ago
Gene Marx is a Vietnam Veteran and past National Board of Directors Secretary of Veterans for Peace. A retired Federal Administration employee, Gene lives in Bellingham, Washington, with his wife Victoria.17 comments, most recent 7 months ago
Actually, it is Exploitation Day all around.3 comments, most recent 7 months ago
This is a quote from President Biden during his State of the Union address on February 7th, 2023. Your bullshit meter ought to be in the red now.7 comments, most recent 7 months ago
How Democratic Party Leaders and Elected Officials Are Abusing “Signal” to Have Secret Conversations about Public Topics5 comments, most recent 7 months ago
Excellent and succinct overview of Traditional Medicare, now under a very real threat. People are now waking up!4 comments, most recent 7 months ago
Public funds belong to all the residents of Washington state. Why give that money to private banks so they can make a fortune for themselves?5 comments, most recent 6 months ago
Public Works successfully gave the impression of progress, without actually having to bother
Hillsboro Oregon’s higher median income and lower cost of living could be ours if we push our public officials into public fiber internet.
Holiday Greetings to the troops. A middle finger.10 comments, most recent 8 months ago
The tab created by the risibly-named Oath Keepers was stolen from the U.S. Army. It is an insult to every Army veteran, especially those qualified as Ranger or Airborne.2 comments, most recent 9 months ago
Is the passing of Prop 5 a genuine reflection of the will of the people of Whatcom County? John Marshall guest writes.9 comments, most recent 9 months ago
Part C is really for sh*t but that word does not start with a “C.”2 comments, most recent 9 months ago
A running Record of the Zero Transparency Policies of the PUD, Port, County and City Councils From 1/12/2022 Onward6 comments, most recent 9 months ago
A must-read for anyone who knows a war veteran… and anyone who never met one.10 comments, most recent 10 months ago
A lifetime dealing with abortion, an account by a lifelong advocate.6 comments, most recent 10 months ago