Questions Amtrak should answer

by Ellen Ratner -- I am frequently asked where I live, and my answer has been "on Amtrak." The train has become my second home as I commute between Washington, D.C., and more…

Baltimore needs Haley Barbour

by Ellen Ratner -- Our high-school history teacher, Barbara Harris, used to ask, "Do people make history, or does history make people?" That is a very important question to ponder as we more…

Grateful to be an American

by Ellen Ratner -- I arrived in the United States on Saturday. I had been on my second trip to Africa this semi-sabbatical year. As I arrived and transferred to my domestic more…

Brain trauma and members of Congress

by Ellen Ratner -- Much has changed since I worked in mental health 25 years ago. We have a much better understanding of how the brain actually works, the connections it makes more…

Roger Ailes: A man I admire

by Ellen Ratner -- The headline in TVNewser about Roger Ailes saving the life of one of his reporters didn't surprise me a bit. Don't get me wrong: I was delighted to know the details of more…

Helping the mentally ill in South Sudan

by Ellen Ratner -- The mentally ill in South Sudan have extra burdens. The country has been at war for almost 45 of the last 60 years. Last week, I wrote about traumatic more…