What Americans don't know about D-Day

by Ellen Ratner -- The 70th anniversary of D-Day took place Friday. There were many ceremonies in France that day, including the American-French Ceremony at Omaha Beach. President Obama spoke before a more…

Time for America to embrace transgenders

by Ellen Ratner -- In 1966, Time Magazine published a cover story, "The Homosexual in America," and acrostically referred to the homosexual as "him" in the piece. This was before the Stonewall more…

Never forget America's greatest heroes

by Ellen Ratner -- Washington, D.C., has been embroiled in a Veterans Affairs hospital scandal just in time for Memorial Day. All eyes have been on the care veterans get or don't more…

America's gift of a diverse society

by Ellen Ratner -- Ten years and 11 months after Brown v. Board of Education, I landed in Memphis, Tennessee. "Landed" is the best term to describe it because I felt like more…

Is it ethical to play God?

by Ellen Ratner -- This week, an announcement that a new kind of DNA could be made in the lab was greeted as a marvel of technology. The discovery was hailed, but more…

Close gap between 'haves,' 'have-nots'

by Ellen Ratner -- This week, an unusual seminar was held at the Capitol. Called "The Color of Wealth Summit," it highlighted the racial disparities between the "haves" and "have-nots." The Color more…

The kind of leaders America needs

by Ellen Ratner -- Seeing two plays in one week is not only rare for me, it almost never happens. This week the two plays I saw were about the tactics and more…

Everything in life is a compromise

by Ellen Ratner -- I am a liberal from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet. I believe the government's job is to make sure there is a more…

Paul Ryan's budget is bad for America

by Ellen Ratner -- There has been much talk about Rep. Paul Ryan's budget that he outlined this past week. Republicans are hailing it as the austerity budget that we need for more…