3 ways violence thrives – but shouldn't

by Ellen Ratner -- It is the Christmas season, and I am distressed that in our own country, one of the hallmarks of democracy, we have so much violence and rancor. Just more…

A goat and medicine make a world of difference

by Ellen Ratner -- Once a year, we celebrate Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and now Giving Tuesday. There is now an organization devoted to Giving Tuesday. GivingTuesday.org says more…

Illegal immigrants have a right to stay here

by Ellen Ratner -- My nephew has been working during the past few years organizing farm workers with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers Campaign for Fair Food. They say, "Since 2001, farmworkers more…

If I were king of America

by Ellen Ratner -- Covering the Clintons as a member of the White House press, I was often impressed by their initiatives. Some worked; some needed improvement, but often they were cutting more…

Real lessons for GOP from midterms

by Ellen Ratner -- Much has been made about the Democrats' spectacular loss this week. Republicans were rejoicing that the spending, Obamacare Democrats had been roundly defeated. Were they really defeated? I'm more…

Midterm meanness takes vitriol to new level

by Ellen Ratner -- Midterm elections happen Tuesday. The Republicans are focused on winning the Senate and picking up House seats while the Democrats are using a probable strong showing in the more…

U.S. is not an Ebola-free island

by Ellen Ratner -- Reading through Newsweek magazine this week, there was an article about the television, radio and newspaper topic of the day: Ebola. It is not surprising that this week's more…

Hero saves lives around the world

by Ellen Ratner -- I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where we ranked as the eighth largest city in the United States. We were all proud of our city and felt it more…