Reality check

by Ellen Ratner -- As I listen to President Bush's campaign stump speech, I can't help but think he, not Ronald Reagan, is the actor. The president is as slow on his more…

Big business politics

by Ellen Ratner -- After spending this past week at the Republican National Convention, I am convinced more than ever that the Republican Party is run like a big business. They treat more…

The green, green grass of a police state

by Ellen Ratner -- I celebrated another birthday this past Saturday. Without giving away my age, let's just say that I came of age during the turbulent 1970s. It was a time more…

Nobody left to speak

by Ellen Ratner -- I have penned a slight variation on Martin Niemoller's haunting quote: When they sold out the steel workers, I did not say anything because I was not a more…

Strong leadership or hot air?

by Ellen Ratner -- It's easy to tell how popular a TV program is by the advertisers it attracts. Take the Super Bowl, for example – advertisers pay a million dollars a more…

Baby boomers: Wake up!

by Ellen Ratner -- President Bush finally revealed his true "vision" for the American worker last week at a Bush-Cheney '04 rally. He said American workers used to work for one company more…

'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…