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…

A free-speech folly

by Ellen Ratner -- People are always trying to define civilization. Well, here's my definition in only two words: First Amendment. That's right. In a world full of tin-pot tyrants and dime-store more…

WWIII: What would you do?

by Ellen Ratner -- I've been cruising Internet chat rooms lately, and I'm amazed what some Americans are advising Bush to do on foreign policy. On Arafat: "Nuke 'em," "Give 'em two more…

Make love, not war

by Ellen Ratner -- The other morning I had no sooner finished my radio show than the phone rang. The voice at the other end was a senior Democrat with the Democratic more…

Operation Candyman

by Ellen Ratner -- The other day, a conservative friend (yes, I have them) called and wanted to know what was the "liberal take" on Operation Candyman – the FBI Internet kiddie-porn more…

Proving our moral worth

by Ellen Ratner -- "If this woman doesn't meet the test of insanity in this state, no one does. Zero. We might as well wipe it from the books."– George Parnham, attorney more…

Warning to Daschle: Don't sink our ship!

by Ellen Ratner -- Before I say anything, let me be crystal clear about a few matters: One: I'm a First Amendment addict. People have the right to say whatever they want, more…

Biggest lies of the new millennium

by Ellen Ratner -- In the old days, the three biggest lies in the world were: "I'm from the government and I'm here to help you;" "The check is in the mail," more…