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 sentences. Dick owes his writing ability to consuming large amounts of chemical laden and fried fresh water pike and perch fished from Lake Erie in the 40s and 50s near his native Cleveland whose Cuyahoga River regularly catches on fire.

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Veterans, COVID, and a Flag at Half-Staff

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At the end of April, the group of veterans who care for the Veterans Flag in Fairhaven decided to keep that flag at half-staff. This decision was made in an effort to honor all those who had died of COVID-19, as well as the immediate caregivers and first responders who had given their lives to transport and treat COVID-19 affected individuals. At that time, a few thousand Americans had died of this virus. Today, the total stands at 150,000 +/-, a ghastly toll.

Little did the group know at the time that their fellow veterans would be dying daily in our VA medical facilities nationwide. Since the lowering of the flag to half-staff in April, and very likely before then, an average of 15 veterans a day (probably an under-count) have been dying in VA medical facilities of COVID-19 – over 1,500 total veterans dead as of the end of June. Several dozen VA caregivers have also died of COVID-19 while treating our fellow veterans. And for those, too, the flag should be kept at half-staff. [Military Times article of June 26th: Grim COVID-19 milestones for Veterans Affairs: 20,000 cases, 1,500 deaths in the last 100 days]

Let it be known to the residents of Bellingham that the group of vets who take care of the Veterans Flag in Fairhaven have renewed their agreement among themselves and are proud to maintain this flag. It is tragic that it must fly at half-staff to honor veteran-victims of COVID-19, men and women who might otherwise have had many years of life, love, and the ability to contribute to their families and their communities.

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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 [...]

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Veterans, COVID, and a Flag at Half-Staff

By Dick ConoboyOn Jul 30, 2020

At the end of April, the group of veterans who care for the Veterans Flag in Fairhaven decided to keep that flag at half-staff. This decision was made in an [...]

Western To Go All Online In September

By Dick ConoboyOn Jul 29, 2020

A memo from the Provost of WWU to the teaching staff announced today that classes for the fall session will be “predominantly online or remote” except for “face-to-face delivery for [...]

4 comments, most recent 1 week ago

There Will Be No Phase 3

By Dick ConoboyOn Jul 28, 2020

“There is no getting out of this until we have a vaccine. There is no getting out of this. This will be in our community until we have a vaccine, ...” [...]

29 comments, most recent 1 week ago

Open The WWU Campus In September?  What Then The Toll?

By Dick ConoboyOn Jul 23, 2020

Upate: In a related development Washington State University announced today that all undergraduate classes at its Pullman campus would be online for in the fall 2020. “Given the alarming rise in [...]

11 comments, most recent 1 week ago

WWU Campus is Closed And Should Stay That Way

By Dick ConoboyOn Jul 06, 2020

Any substantial number of the student body at Western Washington University who physically return to campus in the fall will constitute a reverse Spring Break, an infectious phenomenon verified after [...]

23 comments, most recent 3 weeks ago

Just Whose Flag Is It Anyway?

By Dick ConoboyOn Jun 30, 2020

Who the patriot? Who the abuser? Speak! 4 U.S. Code § 8. FLAG AND SEAL, SEAT OF GOVERNMENT, AND THE STATES: Respect for flag; No disrespect should be shown to the flag [...]

15 comments, most recent 1 week ago

Reminder - Fireworks Are Banned In Bellingham

By Dick ConoboyOn Jun 26, 2020

This 4th of July will be the first celebrated under the oppressive miasma of pandemic. Bellingham’s prohibition of consumer fireworks has been in effect for six years now with [...]

2 comments, most recent 1 week ago

State Street Creamery Reborn! Sort Of.

By Dick ConoboyOn Jun 25, 2020

State Street Creamery? It never existed, at least under that name. The parcel in question was originally the site of a dairy whose building from 1949 still stands although now occupied [...]

3 comments, most recent 1 month ago

Gridlock In The Making - An Update

By Dick ConoboyOn Jun 07, 2020

Ali Taysi, a land use consultant and founder of AVT Consulting, hosted a neighborhood meeting on June 1st to present the plans for a project they are promoting, Samish View, [...]

7 comments, most recent 1 month ago

Gridlock in the Making

By Dick ConoboyOn May 29, 2020

Yet another set of apartment buildings with a total of 118 studio units, called Samish View, is now proposed for the two parcels between the Elks Club and the Community Baptist [...]

4 comments, most recent 2 months ago

CityView Apartment Development - Update V

By Dick ConoboyOn May 18, 2020

An astounding 150+ comments have been received by the Planning Department regarding the CityView dormitory apartment complex. The initial comment period closed on May 8th, so the staff could begin preparing [...]

Corner of Elwood and Lincoln Soon to Be a Wee Tad Crowded

By Dick ConoboyOn May 16, 2020

As part of the pre-application process (Type II Process), Arbour North Architects hosted a public meeting for Samish residents, held on May 12th by way of a video conference call. [...]

2 comments, most recent 2 months ago

CityView Apartment Development - Update IV

By Dick ConoboyOn Apr 26, 2020

Morgan Bartlett, the developer of CityView, the student rental dormitory project in the Puget Neighborhood, submitted his final application to the city and the city has deemed the application complete. [...]

5 comments, most recent 3 months ago

Fairhaven Flag To Remain At Half Staff

By Dick ConoboyOn Apr 25, 2020

The American flag located in front of Bellinham’s Fairhaven Library has been lowered to half staff to recognize those who have died as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic [...]

When Did The U.S. Know About the COVID-19 Outbreak in China?

By Dick ConoboyOn Apr 18, 2020

Having worked for three years at the level of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at what now is called the National Military Joint Intelligence Center (NMJIC), I can tell you [...]

16 comments, most recent 3 months ago

Close The Bellingham Parks…NOW!

By Dick ConoboyOn Mar 23, 2020

Friday afternoon, as I drive by the skateboard park at Civic Field, there are several dozen youths and a few adults (parents?) congregated in small groups while some of the [...]

13 comments, most recent 4 months ago

Understanding The War On COVID-19 or Channeling Our Inner Hilda

By Dick ConoboyOn Mar 19, 2020

The dialogue above comes from a scene in the original 1951 sci-fi movie The Day The Earth Stood Still (not the 2008 junk remake). Klaatu, an extraterrestrial visitor, arranges to demonstrate the [...]

3 comments, most recent 4 months ago

City Council Resolution Supports A Washington Public Bank

By Dick ConoboyOn Feb 27, 2020

The Bellingham City Council unanimously approved a resolution in support of a state bank in Washington. This follows on the heels of a December presentation on the benefits of public [...]

2 comments, most recent 5 months ago

Density Allowances for CityView Development Challenged

By Dick ConoboyOn Feb 14, 2020

An attorney for a working group* drawn from nearly 100 interested and affected residents from the Puget and Samish Neighborhoods has challenged the 176 unit density allocated to the 11.5 acre Tract F [...]

3 comments, most recent 5 months ago

Stop The Nonsense Talk About Public Banking

By Dick ConoboyOn Feb 12, 2020

I find it interesting that a continuing objection to public banking is rooted in the fear that the funds deposited in these banks will not be cared for, or may [...]

5 comments, most recent 5 months ago