Everything in life is a compromise

by Ellen Ratner -- I am a liberal from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet. I believe the government's job is to make sure there is a more…

Paul Ryan's budget is bad for America

by Ellen Ratner -- There has been much talk about Rep. Paul Ryan's budget that he outlined this past week. Republicans are hailing it as the austerity budget that we need for more…

When water is more precious than gold

by Ellen Ratner -- Spending almost two weeks in Asia, there is one thought that kept careening through my mind: How is it possible to feed all of these people, and how more…

6 life lessons from Sudan

by Ellen Ratner -- Last week, I came back from my semi-regular visit to South Sudan with a stopover in Ethiopia to see the work of Dr. Rick Hodes. As I settled more…

When your smartphone becomes your doctor

by Ellen Ratner -- When Congress is not in session, then Washington can let other voices and issues have a stage. During last week's President's Day recess, the National Geographic Society and more…

Where 20,000 kids don't have a home

by Ellen Ratner -- I come from the great state of Ohio, where it is said, "So goes Ohio, so goes the nation." No one really says that about New York or more…

What can prevent the next epidemic?

by Ellen Ratner -- Having been mostly sick for the last two weeks with some kind of virus, I am reminded that getting one is not fun. It can lay you up more…