Obama is gaining steam

by Ellen Ratner -- President Obama is slowly gaining in steam, and the election is just a few weeks away. He is not going to pick up enough steam to change many more…

Hope for Haiti

by Ellen Ratner -- I just returned from Haiti where I was part of a delegation of the Haiti Support Project. The project was launched a decade and a half ago by more…

Protect public from oil pipelines

by Ellen Ratner -- We tend to think of infrastructure as bridges and roads. Now in the 21st century we think of fiber optics. Rarely do we think of pipelines, and if more…

How can we not support dreams?

by Ellen Ratner -- This week's filibuster of debate on the defense bill was another gift from the "Party of No." Susan Collins, R-Maine, said she voted against it because it was more…

Honoring America's workers

by Ellen Ratner -- Today is Labor Day, and we have been celebrating the holiday for well over 100 years. According to the Department of Labor the purpose of Labor Day is more…

It has to be dark to see the stars

by Ellen Ratner -- It has to be dark to see the stars, and Hurricane Katrina has been no exception. Coming to the Gulf Coast 15 days after the storm, I saw more…

What happened to loyalty, friendship?

by Ellen Ratner -- There is a huge lack of loyalty in the United States. People are all too willing to throw people under the bus, and they do so at any more…

Kagan to bring a 'center' court

by Ellen Ratner -- Elena Kagan was sworn in, and now we have a court that is a bit more to the center. Kagan is no Justice John Paul Stevens, although my more…

Solution to America's dangerous addiction

by Ellen Ratner -- Spending the weekend in the Mississippi Gulf, I marveled at its sheer beauty. The weather was hot, and the ocean was gorgeous. The beaches looked pristine. Then, when more…