Santa's China sweatshop

by Ellen Ratner -- Everyone likes a pretty Christmas – a Christmas filled with family, lights, decorating and giving. None of us wants a season where joy is based on someone else's more…

Rice burns over heat of charred resolution

by Ellen Ratner -- Here's a modern proverb about an ancient land: After one week in Israel/Palestine, you're qualified to write a book; spend a month, and you can write an article; more…

Iraqi 'weekend marriages'

by Ellen Ratner -- Thanksgiving is gone, and the Christmas season is upon us. It is a time to think about how we can be responsive to others. I am particularly mindful more…

Boy Scouts 1, U.S. gov't zilch

by Ellen Ratner -- This Thursday America will engage in an annual ritual celebrated since 1863 after Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday. This is an excellent time of year to more…

It's the economy, stupid

by Ellen Ratner -- In three short months, the country will be graced (cursed?) with a Republican and a Democratic candidate for president. Sure the race will still technically be in primary more…

Let's be honest

by Ellen Ratner -- The events of the last week in Pakistan have been unsettling to say the least. We went to war in Iraq to effect "regime change" and to end more…

Contraceptives for 11-year-olds isn't so crazy

by Ellen Ratner -- Yesterday on "Fox and Friends," Jim Pinkerton and I debated a Fox news poll concerning children and the availability of contraception. Fifty-seven percent said giving contraceptives to children more…

Rooting for Ron

by Ellen Ratner -- U.S. Rep. Ron Paul I attended my second college football game last weekend. The United States Air Force Academy Falcons handily defeated the Wyoming Cowboys, (alma mater of more…

Why Al Gore deserves the Peace Prize

by Ellen Ratner -- Getting up Friday morning, I immediately checked the Web to find out if former Vice President Al Gore received the Nobel Peace Prize. He did, and I was more…

50 years since Sputnik, who cares?

by Ellen Ratner -- Last week I wrote about the "No Child Left Behind" bill, which is currently up for reauthorization in Congress. I received several e-mails asking me, "Where in the more…