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…

Investigate – now!

by Ellen Ratner -- There is an elephant in the parlor so big and fat that everybody – politicians, journalists, cops, soldiers and citizens – has to squeeze real tight just to more…

A liberal's manifesto

by Ellen Ratner -- Over the last 20 years, there's been a lot of confusion about what a liberal is and what a liberal stands for. Well, we're in a shooting war more…