Note to tea partiers: Give gays a fair shake

by Ellen Ratner -- The tea-party movement is alive and well, and has expanded from just protesting the stimulus and health-care bills before Congress to all forms of government intervention in the more…

President Clinton's wonderful example

by Ellen Ratner -- I've gone hot and cold with President Clinton. I loved him when he came into office, supported him throughout the Monica Lewinsky crisis and became upset with him more…

The great cost of doing nothing

by Ellen Ratner -- If I were running communications at the White House, I would have the president get right out in front of the American people and explain why we need more…

Fat, dumb and happy

by Ellen Ratner -- When I was in the drug and alcohol treatment business, my old boss, who was a whiz at modern management, used to describe unmotivated staff members as "fat, more…

Welcome back Congress, now get to work

by Ellen Ratner -- Congress comes back into town this week. Over the past five weeks, House and Senate members alike have probably spent some time with their families and a lot more…

No 'adult time' for youth crimes

by Ellen Ratner -- In this day and age of neurobiology (understanding of brain chemistry and neuro-anatomy), it is shocking to have an organization such as the Heritage Foundation release a report more…

Woodstock reflects American spirit

by Ellen Ratner -- My friend, Kate Taylor, turned 60 on Saturday, and I went to Martha's Vineyard to celebrate with her. She has a birthday that coincides with the anniversary of more…

Howard Dean is a genius

by Ellen Ratner -- Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean is a genius. You do not have to like him, but he designed the 50-state strategy that won the House majority and helped more…

Stress and suicide in the military

by Ellen Ratner -- One great thing about the current state of journalism is that it is impossible to sweep things under the rug. Some blogger somewhere is going to take up more…

The Sotomayor hearing saga

by Ellen Ratner -- The Senate judiciary hearing room in the Hart building is a monument to power in our democracy. In a series of seats fashioned like a horseshoe, senators sit more…