'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…

Recovering America's glory

by Ellen Ratner -- I have been covering Congress since 1991, when I first started in radio. I have seen the House banking scandal, the impeachment of President Bill Clinton and many more…

The legacy of Walter Reed

by Ellen Ratner -- I recently received some criticism from a reader of the this column for its being titled "Liberal and Proud." He thought the name was sinful. There are many more…

Time for Republicans to negotiate fairly

by Ellen Ratner -- Having just returned from Italy where there is fiscal madness and a crises brewing, I had time to reflect on the problems that the United States might encounter. more…

Introducing the world's newest country

by Ellen Ratner -- Saturday was the independence celebration of the world's brand new country, the Republic of South Sudan. It was a great day marking an end to South Sudan's long more…

Time for worldwide ban on ivory

by Ellen Ratner -- Yesterday I visited the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, Kenya. Watching the elephants play and dunk in the mud was very different than seeing bored elephants in more…