Congressional cowardice and the risks of war

by Ellen Ratner -- Last week I (and many other Americans) called upon President Bush to seek the approval of Congress before proceeding with the war against Saddam. I stated that I more…

A collective decision

by Ellen Ratner -- However you feel about a preemptive military strike on Iraq – and I oppose it – hawks and doves alike should be very disturbed about reports that the more…

Seeds of hope, seeds of peace

by Ellen Ratner -- The headlines coming out of the Holy Land couldn't be worse. Homicide bombings, retaliatory strikes, white-hot hatred and on all sides, its inevitable byproduct: dead children. At this more…

Bring back the draft!

by Ellen Ratner -- I can't stand Saddam Hussein, the self-styled neo-caliph of the Arab street. He's a people-gassing, dissident-crushing, Kurd-killing war criminal of the worst kind – a fiend whose personal more…

The Traficant railroad

by Ellen Ratner -- The other evening, I watched the greatest hypocrisy-fest ever committed to public video since Nixon declared he wasn't a crook and Marc Rich received the best pardon money more…

Gambling: A scam against the 'little guy'

by Ellen Ratner -- In the year 2000, the American people – mostly the little guys – sunk some $866 billion into "it," most of which was lost. The dollars thrown into more…

Keep Harvey Pitt!

by Ellen Ratner -- While stock frauds look bad these days, it is a pittance compared to what Franklin D. Roosevelt faced during his presidency. Besides the worst depression in American history more…

All politics are international?

by Ellen Ratner -- The late, great Tip O'Neill once famously observed that all politics are local; but in our post 9-11 world, it seems some politics are less local than others. more…

Our Declaration

by Ellen Ratner -- WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are more…

Watch your dollars!

by Ellen Ratner -- If there's one thing that unites Americans even more than religion, race, creed or political party, it's concern for their money. And I don't care if you call more…