Heroes amidst the scandal

by Ellen Ratner -- This week, 58 Boston-area Catholic priests did more to emulate the moral courage of the early church fathers (and mothers) than anything the American Catholic bishops have done more…

The real Bush plan

by Ellen Ratner -- Many people, especially on the left, were surprised when Capt. Ahab Bush finally agreed to send U.N. inspectors to Iraq in search of the Great White Whale of more…

'No' to Dr. Strangelove!

by Ellen Ratner -- In announcing the appointment of former National Security Adviser and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to head the Sept. 11 investigation charged with lifting the rocks of the more…

Why Roger is right

by Ellen Ratner -- First, I want to get a couple things straight. I'm a commentator for Fox News and an admirer of its chairman, Roger Ailes. I've known the man for more…

Ford would've been better choice

by Ellen Ratner -- Last week, my advice for the Democratic Party was a paraphrase of Horace Greeley: "Go Left, Young Man!" This week, I want to suggest something paradoxical: The Democrats more…

Democrats: Into the wilderness

by Ellen Ratner -- Tuesday's election was a reckoning. The Republicans did what no party in power is supposed to be able to do in a midterm vote: They kept control of more…

Unworthy heirs

by Ellen Ratner -- In our age of blow-dried political gutlessness wrapped in an empty suit (I envision the Invisible Man wearing new threads and a toupe), Paul Wellstone was unique, maybe more…

Sniper scorecard

by Ellen Ratner -- Finally, it's over. After a few weeks on the learning curve, the cops appear to have pulled off a stunning investigative coup using lots of brains, shoe leather more…

How stupid are we? Part II

by Ellen Ratner -- Last week, I wrote about how stupid the right-wing was in failing to promote even minimal steps to protect ourselves from this murdering sicko currently wreaking havoc inside more…

How stupid are we? Part I

by Ellen Ratner -- In Maryland, some maniac/terrorist/serial-Tarot-Card-flipping murderer plays a local version of Saddam Hussein – randomly executing innocent men, women and children – while politicians pose, sheriffs speechify and the more…