Reality education:
Guns and sex

by Ellen Ratner -- Hate may not be a family value, but I have to admit that there are still a few things that I hate. Here are the two that top more…

Bush's comic-book budget

by Ellen Ratner -- Do you like comic books? Ever read the funny papers? Well this year, the Bushies took a stab (actually, a machete) at producing a brand new federal budget, more…

Priestly celibacy

by Ellen Ratner -- Last week, a sad, sad story that began in Boston had suddenly burst onto the national scene. It had what journalists call "legs" – not because it was more…

Stress balls in Mideast

by Ellen Ratner -- I had planned to write a funny – that's right, a funny article – about Enron. If you want to buy Enron stock through your broker, it'll cost more…

Searching for higher truths

by Ellen Ratner -- First, I have to make a disclosure – a proud one. Bruce Ratner, the man whose company paid for the controversial statue of the three firemen raising the more…

The politics of 'cha-ching'

by Ellen Ratner -- I can't stand "isms" of any kind. Fascism, communism, Islamism, extremism, they only produce three things: death, destruction and a lot of tedious conversation. It's the predictability that more…

Right vs. Left, or
Right vs. Wrong?

by Ellen Ratner -- My fellow Democrats are at a strategic crossroads. As the loyal opposition, they have a duty to speak for those who have a different view from the Republicans more…

Back the democracy!

by Ellen Ratner -- I had planned a sort-of funny, end-of-the-year column – you know, like handing out my Osama bin Falwell Award or asking America's school children to donate $1 each more…

Beyond the veil

by Ellen Ratner -- Nobody knows what the next stop will be on the president's Anti-Terrorism Express. There's certainly no shortage of candidates: Iraq, Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, Syria, Lebanon or Iran – more…

John Walker Lindh

by Ellen Ratner -- John Walker Lindh has become a symbol for every armchair patriot and jingoist – and even many Americans who are understandably wondering how any young man, especially one more…