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…

Ego fest or words of inspiration?

by Ellen Ratner -- This is the graduation season. The president and first lady are giving graduation speeches, and so are many others. I have sat through many graduations in my day, more…

Satire: How our democracy can remain strong

by Ellen Ratner -- I have traveled to many countries, including Soviet Russia, Africa, China in the '80s and Romania under Ceausescu. I have seen what totalitarian and corrupt governments will do, more…

History repeats itself

by Ellen Ratner -- There are times in Washington when genuine bipartisanship exists. It's rare. The press does not cover it, and we rarely hear about it, but it exists. Such is more…

A new approach to mental health

by Ellen Ratner -- Having spent 15 years working in the mental health-care field, I got a birds-eye view into some of the cost challenges within the nation's health-care system. Recently, a more…

Fat, dumb and happy?

by Ellen Ratner -- I just left a country (Southern Sudan) where there is very little food. In the parlance of development talk, it is called food insecurity. What it means is more…