Congress: Still up for grabs in 2012

by Ellen Ratner -- In a year and eight days, the 2012 presidential election will be over. Speculation on who is join got win has replaced the NBA games as the featured more…

2nd chance for a fulfilling life

by Ellen Ratner -- This week, I spent time with people who have been generous donors to a 200-year-old psychiatric hospital. They came together to learn about new treatments for mental health more…

Is this just another NAFTA-Shafta?

by Ellen Ratner -- This week saw the passage of three free-trade agreements. All smiles were seen at the press conference between President Obama and President Lee of South Korea. The free-trade more…

Message from a slave

by Ellen Ratner -- I got back from South Sudan a week ago, and on Tuesday, Chairman Chris Smith, R-N.J., held a hearing on South Sudan and slavery. Slaves were taken as more…

I have no love for al

by Ellen Ratner -- I have no love for al… -Qaida. I knew two people killed on 9/11, and my brother was in Tower 7 when he saw the planes fly into more…

'Out' gays in the military: What took so long?

by Ellen Ratner -- This week, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the policy crafted by the Clinton administration to stop the witch hunts in the military, ended. It failed miserably as a policy. more…

A lesson from United Flight 93

by Ellen Ratner -- Talk Radio News Service has covered many of the 9/11 events. I elected to go to the Flight 93 memorial. Like many Americans, I was taken aback by more…

Obama's Labor Day gift to America

by Ellen Ratner -- Today is Labor Day. Most of us think of it as the last day before we go back to work after summer vacation. But, for many people, there more…

7 lessons on turning 60

by Ellen Ratner -- As I look to beginning my seventh decade (I will be 60 in a week), I thought I would share with you some of my observations about what more…

How America can stay the greatest nation

by Ellen Ratner -- Saturday was the day of the Iowa straw poll and also the announcement by Gov. Rick Perry that he was throwing his hat in the ring. The Republican more…