'Running from Crazy'

by Ellen Ratner -- This weekend, I went all the way to Salt Lake City to see a movie by two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple. The movie is documentary about the more…

No place for guns in civil society

by Ellen Ratner -- Today, as the president begins his second term, we have many leftover issues. One of the most important is gun control. I know the audience that reads this more…

What's wrong with HIPAA?

by Ellen Ratner -- The Wall Street Journal ran a Jan. 11 op-ed headlined "The Tragedy of Mental Health Law," written by Lloyd Sederer, who is the medical director of the New more…

Lessons from the Galapagos Islands

by Ellen Ratner -- I am just returning from a week in the Galapagos Islands. These are the famous islands that Charles Darwin visited when he was in his twenties. I wasn't more…

Time to eliminate guns and football

by Ellen Ratner -- We've stopped believing that Earth is flat. We've stopped believing that the sun revolves around Earth. With a few exceptions, most of us understand that the earth is more…

Bring on Obamacare!

by Ellen Ratner -- I finally had a free weekend, so I spent an hour or so looking over my most recent mail that was not a must-be-paid bill. I savor the more…

There ought to be a law

by Ellen Ratner -- On Thursday this week, there was almost no press in the hearing room at Chairman Darrell Issa's House Government Reform Committee. Had it been a hearing on Benghazi more…

Your government is spying on you

by Ellen Ratner -- Our Founding Fathers would be turning over in their graves. They would not be very upset about Gen. David Petraeus and his affair, as Ben Franklin is said more…

Why do people act this way?

by Ellen Ratner -- Just when we thought all the lunacy and hubbub of the election was done, we were pushed straight into the Gen. Patraeus mess. It became more and more more…

8 lessons from the election

by Ellen Ratner -- I am writing from a liberal perspective, but the lessons that should be heeded by all. There was no partisanship in what was learned Tuesday; the numbers speak more…