Sharon's journey

by Ellen Ratner -- Occasionally in human affairs, the loss of a single individual can end one epoch, begin another, or unsettle a world. During these times we momentarily gasp as if more…

My 2006 predictions

by Ellen Ratner -- New Year's Day means that it's time once again for all those lying self-promises about reducing food consumption, quitting smoking and reducing alcohol intake to make room for more…

Not a suicide pact

by Ellen Ratner -- Listening to my radio last week, I heard Rush Limbaugh discuss the latest episode of Bush malfeasance on the subject of civil liberties, and misattribute the following quote more…

Time for a change

by Ellen Ratner -- Events this week offered columnists a "target rich opportunity" for subjects – what with the elections in Iraq and disclosures of President Bush's secret wiretapping and eavesdropping on more…

What kind of bird
... hawk or dove?

by Ellen Ratner -- This is a difficult column for me to write. I have been a supporter of the Clintons since 1992 when Bill Clinton first showed leadership in the primary more…

Talk Radio News'
other correspondent

by Ellen Ratner -- I'm going to use my column this week to introduce my readers to a new book written by Richard F. Miller, the military affairs correspondent of Talk Radio more…

Fire in Iraq

by Ellen Ratner -- We claimed that the reason why we invaded Iraq was to separate Saddam from his CBWs (as in Chemical and Biological Weapons) and, quite possibly, nukes. So I'll more…

Does America bear
any responsibility?

by Ellen Ratner -- "It would be meaningless to apologize now. But, I do apologize." – Last words of Perry Smith, just before being executed for the murder of the Clutter family, more…

Right turn in France?

by Ellen Ratner -- There's a social tragedy unfolding in France as ghetto rioting passes its 10th day. All of it – the kids throwing stones, the cars set afire, the random, more…

Red meat for red-meat eaters

by Ellen Ratner -- Before offering my predictions about what Friday's indictment of "Scooter" Libby means ("Scooter" is an Andover Academy graduate ... where do preppies come up with these nicknames?) let more…