'Sicko' exposes wounded health care system

by Ellen Ratner -- Like many Americans I went to see "Sicko" this weekend, the second-highest-first-weekend-grossing documentary of all time. Sicko brought in $4.5 million in just three days. Yes, there were more…

Cost of Iraq war is much too high

by Ellen Ratner -- As I write this column, the cost of the Iraq War is about $439 billion. By the time we reach the five year mark, we will have spent more…

New Orleans: Turning headlines into action

by Ellen Ratner -- "New Orleans deaths up 47 percent" was the USA Today above-the-fold headline in last Friday's paper. The number 47 percent is one number. We could add to that more…

Outsourcing our military responsibilities

by Ellen Ratner -- My cousin, a "hawk" and previous supporter of the war in Iraq, returned from being an embedded correspondent a year ago. This war, he said, is a "contractors" more…

New election, new world

by Ellen Ratner -- Many of the traditional press at the White House and around Washington have been discussing what this presidential election year is going to be like. The one thing more…

The folks who really did 'a heckuva job'

by Ellen Ratner -- I attended the groundbreaking for the Marsha Barbour Community Resource Center in the Gulf Coast of Mississippi last week. The center, located in Pass Christian-DeLisle, Miss., is named more…

Pundits: Deaf, dumb and blind

by Ellen Ratner -- After watching the Democratic presidential debates last week , I saw a side of the media that I would like to pretend I had not seen. Anyone who more…

Harry Reid and the 'lost' war

by Ellen Ratner -- In politics, honesty is never the best policy. If you doubt that, just ask Democrat Sen. Harry Reid. He simply gave voice to what 99 percent of the more…