Vaccinate now!

by Ellen Ratner -- I oppose the idea of a preemptive strike against Iraq. Working through the U.N. to first attempt a peaceful disarmament is the adult way to go. But that more…

'The Sopranos'

by Ellen Ratner -- The American people – at least those who can write the check for cable HBO – have collectively raised a mirror to themselves. Guess who's staring back? It's more…

America the better

by Ellen Ratner -- The images will last forever and perhaps define a generation: the Twin Towers burning, the fiery gash in the Pentagon and the silence of the dead slice of more…

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…