Keeping insurance is least of our worries

by Ellen Ratner -- There are many aspects of the health-care law that are not getting the attention they deserve and make the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) more complex than the media more…

Time for a 'bridge to prosperity'

by Ellen Ratner -- As readers of this column know, I travel a lot. The last few weeks have been no exception. What I found in my travels is that it has more…

Who does America think it is?

by Ellen Ratner -- Last week, I was in India. It has been an independent country now, not under the British rule. I remember our high-school textbook showing a drawing of Queen more…

What world is saying about America

by Ellen Ratner -- I travel a lot. In the past six weeks, I have been in Russia, India and Africa. I hear many things about America from everyone. Several times, I more…

Congress blind to 'point of no return'

by Ellen Ratner -- Washington is not a place for sissies. It is a rough-and-tumble town where people might just kill their mother to get a seat on the bus. It has more…

America, let's honor our past

by Ellen Ratner -- Few people know much about our history during the Revolutionary War. Most of us know that the Declaration of Independence has something to do with July 4. However, more…

Liberation theology and healing the Church

by Ellen Ratner -- Everyone has been commenting on Pope Francis' interview this week. Francis, who is well liked in his home of Argentina, is rattling some cages at the Vatican. More more…

Russia: Where 1 percent still reigns

by Ellen Ratner -- I just spent the last week in Moscow. I had been there twice before, once in 1978 and once in 1993. The visible change is staggering. In 1978, more…

Why is Syria any different than Iraq?

by Ellen Ratner -- This week, the House Foreign Affairs Committee had its hearings on action or inaction in Syria. Much of what was said was in the predictable category. Secretary of more…

Syria solution: Send in John Kerry

by Ellen Ratner -- Last week, I wrote a column about the need to do something concerning the Syrian chemical weapons attack and genocide. I received some comments from readers about not more…