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About Ralph Schwartz

After 13 years in mainstream journalism, Ralph Schwartz left The Bellingham Herald in November 2015 to get more involved in the community. He's now a freelance editor and writer, and works in environmental consulting to not quite make ends meet.

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Count ‘em: 29 people seek vacancy on Whatcom County Council

By Ralph SchwartzOn Dec 20, 2017

I feel I need to walk back the statement in my last article about the importance of participating in democracy by stepping up to take public office. The Whatcom County [...]

Election recap: Conservatives start to make inroads on Whatcom Council

By Ralph SchwartzOn Nov 13, 2017

​No matter how you slice it, district-only voting is a good thing if you’re a conservative in Whatcom County. Right-wing politicos on the 2015 county Charter Review Commission managed to [...]

‘Upstream’ book review: any hope for salmon?

By Ralph SchwartzOn Jul 20, 2017

​If you’re reading this article, chances are “Upstream: Searching for Wild Salmon, from River to Table” by Langdon Cook (Ballantine, $27) won’t teach you too much you don’t [...]

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 [...]

What did Ericksen know? Trump protesters facing trial seek subpoena

By Ralph SchwartzOn Apr 04, 2017

The “Whatcom Three,” who last May blocked Guide Meridian Road in Lynden on the day President Donald Trump made a campaign appearance there, want to know whether Republican state Senator [...]

Time for white people to do something for #BlackLivesMatter

By Ralph SchwartzOn Sep 23, 2016

As of 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, two black people have died in the past week at the hands of police: Keith Lamont Scott, 43, in Charlotte, North Carolina; and Terence [...]

Seahawks fumble on awkward #AllLivesMatter play

By Ralph SchwartzOn Sep 16, 2016

The National Football League has an image problem: drugs, violence against women, and an epidemic of permanent brain damage among its players leap to mind. Just when it looked like [...]

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. [...]

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