Paul Ryan's dreadful Medicare plan

by Ellen Ratner -- An election which was supposed to be a shoo-in for Republicans in a solid GOP upstate New York district is suddenly very close. Why? Because the citizens of more…

Goats for the old goat

by Ellen Ratner -- My lifelong friend, whom I met in first grade, turned 60 on Thursday. Karyl celebrated by getting a massage and taking the day off of work. Another friend more…

Forget the sex scandals

by Ellen Ratner -- Sex scandals in Washington are nothing new. People are elected to be politicians, but that does not stop them from being human. For those of us who have more…

Budget fights

by Ellen Ratner -- This has been quite a week in Washington politics. If your living comes from talk and news as mine does, you were overjoyed at the characters and goings more…

Educate, don't incarcerate

by Ellen Ratner -- When American's For Tax Reform's Grover Norquist and the NAACP's Ben Jealous get together, you had better pay attention because it does not happen often. Last week the more…

A great American humanitarian

by Ellen Ratner -- Having just returned from Sudan (see last week's column), I made the usual rounds of telling people the story of what I had seen. My traveling partners and more…

Change comes to new South Sudan state

by Ellen Ratner -- I am bone tired as I have just arrived in Kenya from Southern Sudan. South Sudan is going to be the world's 193 country on July 9. The more…

Time for news media to wake up!

by Ellen Ratner -- As news media, we are supposed to be reporting the news, not making it. However, in the last two weeks – during Libya and before the Japan earthquake more…