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…

Janet Reno for governor!

by Ellen Ratner -- We live in an age of blow-dried, face lifted, hair transplanted and botoxed politicians, who poll their way to their opinions and whose fingers are in the wind more…

What happened to rule of law?

by Ellen Ratner -- "While people may fear a downward spiral toward brown-shirts and book burnings, the truth is that an American police state may show up in a Brooks Brothers suit more…

Summer of our discontent

by Ellen Ratner -- This year threatens a long, hot summer. This time however, the action's not in America's inner cities, but around the world. Consider the reasons for worry: 1,000,000 nuclear-tipped more…

Removing Norquist's burkha

by Ellen Ratner -- Everybody knows that the issue of patriotism belongs to the right – right? And everybody knows that all those Americans who consort with those hostile to America are more…

Straight talk about reparations

by Ellen Ratner -- In the 1960s, if you wanted to upset "The Man," all you'd have to say was, "Burn, Baby, Burn!" Today, in our more material world, the hot-button race more…

Carter, Bush and Cuba

by Ellen Ratner -- Smashing success aren't two words normally connected with the name of Jimmy Carter. But this time, they should be. The ex-president's tour through Cuba was a tour de more…

Ozzy Osbourne

by Ellen Ratner -- British born Ozzy Osbourne – as American as apple pie? You betcha! And what's so American about some guy old enough to be your grandfather whose hairdo, perpetual more…

Suicide bombers and bumper stickers

by Ellen Ratner -- Like most Americans, I've been appalled by the recent spate of suicide bombings in Israel. And like most Americans, I've also asked myself, what could drive children, whose more…

Give Saudi Arabia a chance

by Ellen Ratner -- To walk a mile in another person's shoes before passing judgment – this is true American wisdom. Well, I've just walked a mile – actually, about 7,000 miles more…