Wanted: 1 great president

by Ellen Ratner -- This week I had the fortune of observing the Democratic and Republican candidates up close and personal at radio row and the New Hampshire primary. It was an more…

'Charlie Wilson's War'

by Ellen Ratner -- A favorite holiday pastime, especially when one needs a break from the holiday visitors, is to escape into a comfy, dark theater and watch the annual holiday blockbuster. more…

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…