The economic price of climate change

by Ellen Ratner -- In Washington, D.C., both sides almost never agree. It also takes people not serving in elected or appointed office to tell the truth. People in politics don't want more…

Germany: 'A sign of hope' for all of us

by Ellen Ratner -- This week was the eighth United Nations' "Talk Radio Day," a time when ambassadors and other United Nations officials tell the radio world what the U.N. really does. more…

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…