Beware of massive hack attacks

by Ellen Ratner -- Often there are themes in our lives. This week's theme is cyber hacking. At the end of last week, there was a report of a massive hacking attack more…

Mastermind of death and his bookshelf

by Ellen Ratner -- This week there was a release of "Osama bin Laden's bookshelf" by the U.S. government. The first question to ask is, "Why now?" The second question to ask more…

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…