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…

Helping souls recover from a living hell

by Ellen Ratner -- It was the week before Easter two years ago that I was in Southern Sudan. I went there again and just returned yesterday – the week before Easter. more…

3 heroes with political courage

by Ellen Ratner -- "Profiles in Courage," written by then–Sen. John F. Kennedy, highlighted people who went against the grain and against their party and took actions of political courage. As the more…

The wrong kind of unit cohesion

by Ellen Ratner -- I was quite amazed to see a commentary in the Friday edition of the New York Times written by Merrill A. McPeak, also known as Gen. Tony McPeak, more…

U.S. needs 'serious medicine'

by Ellen Ratner -- Amid all the health-care hoopla this week, a few hearings took place that went unnoticed. These hearings also had quite a bit to do with health care, but more…

A firsthand look at Haiti

by Ellen Ratner -- I have been to some pretty horrible places in my work as a journalist. I saw the Kosovo refugees in Macedonia and Albania, visited the slums of Nairobi, more…

The dropout disaster

by Ellen Ratner -- Former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise is on a mission. Ever since he was governor of West Virginia, he has been pushing high-school graduation as a major goal more…

Straight from the horse's mouth …

by Ellen Ratner -- The president traveled Friday to Baltimore, Md., to deliver a speech and answer questions at the GOP House issues conference. I was quite unsure that this was a more…

2 small victories for Republicans

by Ellen Ratner -- Benjamin Franklin once said that a week is a long time in politics. Weeks like this sure make what one of our most famous Founding Fathers said look more…

Reach out and rebuild Haiti

by Ellen Ratner -- Many of us have been glued to our television sets this week watching the earthquake disaster in Haiti. It is incomprehensible that the kind of devastation and damage more…