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…

A vision for Ohio and America

by Ellen Ratner -- Yesterday was Father's Day. I lost my father when I was 10. He was an immigrant, and the United States allowed him to do well, earn an Army-Navy more…

Obama: Step up the oil PR

by Ellen Ratner -- The oil spill has been dominating the news, as it should. This situation has the potential of becoming an even graver catastrophe than it has been already. The more…

Stop blaming Obama!

by Ellen Ratner -- The commentators must be off their rocker. They said the president did not seem engaged and that he rambled at Thursday's press conference. No matter what they said, more…

What to expect this election year

by Ellen Ratner -- Everyone is having a field day analyzing the current primaries and the November general. Every other year it is a time to look at the state of America more…