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…

Youth incarcerated

by Ellen Ratner -- Hardly a week goes by that there isn't something shocking in the news. This week the startling announcement included the terrible employment figures as well as Harry Reid's more…

2010 predictions

by Ellen Ratner -- We are beginning the second decade of the millennium. We'll see congressional elections, the winter Olympics and a few Republican candidates beginning the Iowa and New Hampshire slog more…

America: Going 'New Age' since the old days

by Ellen Ratner -- I stumbled across a USA Today headline last week that made me pause for a moment: "More U.S. Christians mix in 'Eastern' New Age beliefs." I wondered, was more…

A Tiger Woods lesson for America

by Ellen Ratner -- Once a year, Talkers Magazine and Liz Claiborne, the well-known fashion house, team up to produce a radio row on the issue of domestic violence. This year was more…