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…

Conservatives: Hold Breitbart accountable

by Ellen Ratner -- When I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, I learned that we had trial by jury and that people were innocent until proven guilty. We watched courtroom dramas where more…

Haley's Navy

by Ellen Ratner -- First, truth in advertising. I am a liberal Democrat who knows Gov. Haley Barbour, as I am president of the Marsha Barbour Center in Pass Christian, Miss. The more…

America turns its back on the hungry

by Ellen Ratner -- Today is a holiday, and yesterday we celebrated the birthday of our nation. America was founded as a place "with liberty and justice for all." That would be more…

Soccer captures America

by Ellen Ratner -- There have been only two times that I have seen the press act out of character. The first was in the mid-'90s and six of us were touring more…