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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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District-only dead? Whatcom council to weigh return to countywide vote

By Ralph SchwartzOn Nov 20, 2017

Update by publisher: Wed, Nov 22. At last night’s county council meeting, the two proposed ordinances were not brought forward. They were not voted on. Apparently they were discussed in [...]

Conservative Whatcom candidates distance themselves from GOP

By Ralph SchwartzOn Aug 21, 2017

​Four conservative candidates for elected office in Whatcom County have gotten together to chart a third way through local politics—one that doesn’t involve Republicans or Democrats. The four—[...]

If Donovan defeats Glasser in county race, can she take his old seat?

By Ralph SchwartzOn Aug 11, 2017

Whatcom County government is in the midst of what can be a confusing transition, as the seven seats for County Council leave behind the old three-district system and begin to [...]

Democrat infighting emerges in Bellingham’s at-large race

By Ralph SchwartzOn May 14, 2017

​Democrats are in a major fight in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election. Sure, they are throwing everything they can at the new White House, [...]

100 days: Largest Wash. Trump donor, from Fairhaven, likes what he sees

By Ralph SchwartzOn May 03, 2017

​Not one to shy away from a media cliche, I followed up with Peter Gigante on the occasion of Donald Trump’s 100th day in the White House. OK, so [...]

Women speak in Bellingham on International Women’s Day

By Ralph SchwartzOn Mar 08, 2017

​About 70 people gathered in front of Bellingham City Hall on Wednesday, March 8, to rally for women’s rights under the shadow of the Trump administration. “I’m pissed that it’[...]

Ericksen faces his detractors at town hall

By Ralph SchwartzOn Mar 04, 2017

I don’t know what state Sen. Doug Ericksen, the Ferndale Republican who represents north Whatcom County in Olympia, thought he would accomplish by hosting an unfettered discussion dominated by [...]

Trump: Savior of liberal American values?

By Ralph SchwartzOn Jan 18, 2017

On Friday, Donald Trump will be our president. The fact that he’s a misogynist is not up for debate. His racism is well documented. His election was an affront [...]

Swift Creek, loaded with asbestos and heavy metals, is getting out of control

By Ralph SchwartzOn Dec 05, 2016

The side of Sumas Mountain, laden with asbestos and soil-killing heavy metals, is sliding slowly but steadily into Swift Creek and then into the farmlands of north Whatcom County and—[...]

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 [...]

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