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Primary: I’m voting Jean Layton for city council—and you should, too

By Ralph SchwartzOn Jul 09, 2017

​Before Democrats in the Whatcom establishment raise an objection, let me say up front this is not an endorsement for the general election. This is not an endorsement of any [...]

Stephanie Kountouros To Receive Paul deArmond Citizen Journalism Award

By John ServaisOn Feb 07, 2017

Update, Tue, Feb 7: This Friday, Feb 10, is the award dinner for Stephanie. (Feb 8 - 5 pm—Reservations are now closed.) The MC for the evening is the political junkie himself, Riley [...]

Being Thankful on Thanksgiving

By John ServaisOn Nov 24, 2016

Most - maybe all - reading this have much to be thankful for. Many may feel grief or despair because of the elections. They should not because what we have [...]

A Millennial Response to Deja Vu Article

By Guest WriterOn Nov 12, 2016

It scares me to think of the president of the United States turning this country into a police state. The idea of the ‘strong man, taking charge, making the correct [...]

Whistleblower Defenders

By Anne MackieOn Oct 26, 2016

The role of the investigative journalist is to shine a bright light on corruption, expose misuse of power and backroom deals, and to be a resource for whistleblowers. It’s [...]

Erin Jones’ campaign for boss of state schools takes a hit

By Ralph SchwartzOn Sep 02, 2016

Living in a left-leaning state with a top-two primary, liberal voters in Washington sometimes must look for finer shades of distinction between the candidates who make it to the general [...]

Where’s the accountability, Bellingham police?

By Ralph SchwartzOn Aug 26, 2016

Apparently, Bellingham police are unhappy with criticism stemming from the ongoing wave of cops killing black people. One Bellingham officer, Michael de Ruiter, penned an op-ed for The Bellingham Herald [...]

NPR abandons doomed experiment in online commenting

By Ralph SchwartzOn Aug 20, 2016

“On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog.” But they find out quickly enough. New Yorker cartoonist Peter Steiner captured something true about our virtual reality with this 1993 caption. [...]

The state of citizen journalism is strong: Two receive deArmond awards

By Ralph SchwartzOn Mar 11, 2016

The third annual Paul deArmond Citizen Journalism award dinner on Feb. 12 in Bellingham was bigger than ever—a bigger venue, more guests, a higher bar tab and, most notably, not [...]

Dwindling Information Makes Voters Susceptible to Spin

By Guest WriterOn Oct 27, 2015

Whatcom Citizen guest writes this article and is a pseudonym for a local writer whom we know and respect. The writer must remain anonymous, and is not necessarily the same [...]

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