Alcohol, the brain and murder

by Ellen Ratner -- Last Thursday's Science Times section of the New York Times presented stunning evidence that, if acted upon, will put a cork in teen drinking and hopefully change the more…

'Desecration' of the American worker

by Ellen Ratner -- This Fourth of July, the 230th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, is the appropriate time to examine exactly what is meant by the flag more…

Rove creates the Democratic Straw Men

by Ellen Ratner -- Bush advisor Karl Rove's brilliant doll-making abilities were on display this week as Congress helped him build the latest version of the Democratic Party Straw Man Model Scarecrow more…

Same-sex marriage and Emperor Bush

by Ellen Ratner -- Given the events of last week, if I were a conservative, I'd be feeling mighty insulted by President Bush. After all, the right has supported Bush through thick more…

A leftist's defense of war

by Ellen Ratner -- Today is Memorial Day, once called Decoration Day and set aside after the Civil War as the occasion to place flowers and other remembrances on the graves of more…

Losing America

by Ellen Ratner -- A recent column on the Internet asked the question: Why now? Why here and now, has immigration become an issue unlike any in recent memory? Some of the more…

Patrick Kennedy a victim of addiction

by Ellen Ratner -- This was a great week for the Kennedy haters. All of those who despised JFK for his courageous stand on civil rights and nuclear disarmament, RFK for his more…

Republican $3 bills

by Ellen Ratner -- This week, President Bush decided to recognize National Volunteer Week by calling for volunteers to help rebuild the mess that Hurricane Katrina left behind. Does Bush's call strike more…

Bush's bad credit rating

by Ellen Ratner -- What's wrong with this administration's policy regarding Iran? A few right-wingers cheered President Bush's recent saber rattler that "all options were on the table" regarding a response to more…

The pusillanimous president

by Ellen Ratner -- The latest flap within the Bush administration illustrates better than nothing else what has gone wrong with our war in Iraq. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recently understated more…