'Extreme makeover'

by Ellen Ratner -- The Republican Party characterized the Democratic National Convention as an "extreme makeover" of the Democratic Party. It is a catchy sound bite and elicits a smirk in the more…

Campaign tipping points

by Ellen Ratner -- I write this column from Boston, home of the Democratic National Convention 2004. It's the third week of July and the presidential race is in a statistical dead more…

Hijacked Christianity

by Ellen Ratner -- This may not come as a surprise to many, but I receive a ton of "hate mail." More hate mail is generated by this column than from my more…

'And a little child shall lead them'

by Ellen Ratner -- I have traveled the world over to know this one truth: There is no force of nature as powerful as the joy of a child. Children have the more…

President Bush gives in to terrorists

by Ellen Ratner -- It's important to pay attention to the actions, not the words when it comes to Bush administration policy. President Bush says we will not give into terrorists. His more…

Blank check

by Ellen Ratner -- Given the weeklong 24-hour coverage of President Reagan's death, it is quite likely that most missed Attorney General Ashcroft's Senate testimony. It is a shame that the testimony more…

A moment of silence

by Ellen Ratner -- In the spirit of Memorial Day, I am going to take a break from finding fault in our government. Instead, I ask each reader to take a moment more…

Sarbanes-Oxley for the Bush administration

by Ellen Ratner -- Remember Enron, Global Crossing, MCI, Tyco? Do the names Ken Lay, Gary Winnick, Bernie Ebbers, Dennis Kozlowski ring a bell? They were the men who violated the public's more…

Trust us

by Ellen Ratner -- The Bush administration's motto is "Trust us." The people should never completely trust the government. Our Constitution was founded on the principle that no governing body deserves the more…

3 strikes and you're out!

by Ellen Ratner -- Editor's note: Cholene Espinoza, former U-2 pilot and twice-embedded journalist with the military in Iraq contributed to this column.The ever-evolving justification for the Iraq war has included weapons more…