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…

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…