Stop stealing from artists

by Ellen Ratner -- My friend Kate Taylor is a wonderful recording artist. She was on an amazing career path in her younger years but stopped to raise a beautiful family on more…

Swine flu hits U.S.

by Ellen Ratner -- I spent the last week on the ocean liner The Queen Mary 2. I flew to England and boarded the ship because I wanted to recreate my father's more…

Sickening trend of legal drug addiction

by Ellen Ratner -- Many issues that columnists write about stem from personal experience, and this column is no exception. Recently, I succumbed to the mental state that seems to be an more…

No way to run a competitive country

by Ellen Ratner -- It is Saturday evening, and I am sitting at the airport waiting for a plane that was going to take off two hours ago. It is not an more…

Reduced charity deductions? Bad idea!

by Ellen Ratner -- The Tuesday press conference in the East Room Tuesday night was laden with old stalwarts as well as many new faces. There were not many surprises and, in more…

What took Bernanke so long?

by Ellen Ratner -- Last week Ben Bernanke announced that he would soon be opening the Federal Reserve's money window to the tune of $1.2 trillion. The purpose? Approximately $750 billion of more…

Obama walks the walk

by Ellen Ratner -- Who can forget the mess that had various names during the 1993 "Health Care that is Always There" campaign during the Clinton administration? There were committees, closed meetings, more…

Newt's new drug for America

by Ellen Ratner -- This week, the president is having his first health-care summit. He has proposed changes in the budget for what he calls a down payment for future health care. more…

Taxing to 'deshabby' America

by Ellen Ratner -- This weekend the University of Virginia held a debate on the question of infrastructure with two "experts" as well as Gov. Ed Rendell, D-Pa., and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, more…

Is America becoming Afghanistan?

by Ellen Ratner -- Last July I wrote an article titled "Is America Cleveland?" I went to my hometown and described how the stores were empty, the infrastructure was falling apart and more…