America's gift of a diverse society

by Ellen Ratner -- Ten years and 11 months after Brown v. Board of Education, I landed in Memphis, Tennessee. "Landed" is the best term to describe it because I felt like more…

Is it ethical to play God?

by Ellen Ratner -- This week, an announcement that a new kind of DNA could be made in the lab was greeted as a marvel of technology. The discovery was hailed, but more…

Close gap between 'haves,' 'have-nots'

by Ellen Ratner -- This week, an unusual seminar was held at the Capitol. Called "The Color of Wealth Summit," it highlighted the racial disparities between the "haves" and "have-nots." The Color more…

The kind of leaders America needs

by Ellen Ratner -- Seeing two plays in one week is not only rare for me, it almost never happens. This week the two plays I saw were about the tactics and more…

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…