National Columns

The Washington Post, beginning Nov. 1, 2019, will allow its syndicated columns to appear only in print. The columns will still be available as part of our e-edition newspaper online, but they will not be available as separate pieces on our website, ljworld.com. These columnists include George Will, David Ignatius, Michael Gerson and others. This does not affect other columnists like Leonard Pitts, Mona Charen, Connie Schultz and Mark Shields, who are not affiliated with the Washington Post.

Opinion: Good journalism costs money

Consider this, with apologies to Jonathan Swift, a modest proposal. Or call it — apologies to Charles Dickens — a tale of two cities. We begin in 2000 as Napster, a service that allowed music lovers to receive music without paying — i.e., to steal it — is meeting its Waterloo. Sued ...

Opinion: Joe Biden well-suited to unifier role

Elizabeth II’s speech to the United Kingdom was moving, even for those of us who are lifelong small-r republicans. In some respects, her model cannot be copied in the United States. She is a monarch, and we had some disagreements about that matter in 1776. She is a living link to the most ...

Opinion: The peril of making faith a gantlet

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” — John 3:16 So one day, the skies crack open and a deluge falls upon this small town. Soon, the waters rise, and the streets become impassable. And this ...

Opinion: Bad advice for Asian Americans

This is for every American of Asian heritage, but one in particular. That would be Andrew Yang, the former Democratic candidate for president. Last week, with surely the best intentions, he gave Asian Americans the absolute worst advice imaginable. Indeed, advice so bad as to be painful. In ...

Opinion: Scattershot approach on pandemic is failing badly to meet crisis

Faced with the greatest public health threat in a century, we are stumbling in the dark. Each day’s death toll is treated as a shock, rather than what it ought to be — a fire bell in the night. Only on April 1, for example, did Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issue a stay-at-home order. As ...

Opinion: Wednesday is now just … Wednesday

Al Green was famously “tired of being alone.” Me, I’m great at it. As an introvert, I can happily spend hours in my own company, behind my own walls. So I figured this period of quarantine would be much easier for me than for many of you. And I was mostly right. Until ...

Opinion: The new dynamic of parents working from home

Earlier this week, our daughter Cait texted a photo capturing a moment of her juggling her job and her two young children at home. At first, I noticed only Cait’s hand on the laptop, but as I studied it I saw the reason for snapping the picture. Two-year-old Ela was wedged next to her, ...

Opinion: Surrounded by ordinary heroism

My editor groaned when I told her the subject of this column. In a moment, you’ll be groaning, too. Last week in this space, I opined upon “the quiet death of an Italian priest.” Giuseppe Berardelli was 72 and died of the novel coronavirus. This happened, I reported, after he gave away ...

Opinion: Creativity, compassion continue to combat virus

It’s easy to feel depressed and scared these days. News about the impact and death toll of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, is constant. Government responses have been chaotic, ranging from near-indifference to suddenly shutting down the economy, with politicians offering to pay for ...

Opinion: China’s lies — and America’s lies

This is a tale of two governments. Both were faced with a potential disaster — a new and deadly epidemic. Both made choices that the world will judge. China. The virus made its first appearance in a Wuhan “wet market,” an emporium (apparently common in China) that featured live and ...

Opinion: Sorry fellows, this grandma wants to live

My, these aging men with their bright ideas. First, it was the president, who has been openly contradicting medical experts with his pining for an early end to social distancing. This would threaten the lives of millions of Americans during the pandemic. Oh, well. As he said, via tweet ...

Opinion: In Trump these people still trust

“We have it totally under control. It’s going to be just fine.” — Donald Trump, Jan. 22, 2020 “One day — it’s like a miracle — it will disappear.” — Donald Trump, Feb. 27, 2020 “Anybody that wants a test can get a test.” — Donald Trump, March 6, 2020 “No, I ...

Opinion: A rare model of selflessness in a crisis

A few words on the quiet death of an Italian priest. His name was Father Giuseppe Berardelli, and he served in Casnigo, a small village not far from Milan. He was 72 and died in a hospital of the novel coronavirus. This was on March 15, though reports are just now filtering out. Again, it ...

Opinion: When crisis ends, we’ll have decisions to make

A favorite book I try never to be without is by the late Irish poet and priest John O’Donohue. It’s on my bedside table, on my Kindle and on the Kindle app on my phone. One needn’t be Catholic (I’m not) or Irish (I am, but I try not to brag) to appreciate O’Donohue’s calm and ...

Opinion: Is there still a place called ‘us’?

Saturday night, I ordered takeout from my favorite Chinese place. I did this as a gesture of solidarity after hearing that people have been avoiding Chinese restaurants because of the coronavirus pandemic that originated in Wuhan, China. I also did it because I had a taste for egg foo ...

Opinion: Voters, take responsibility seriously

“Let’s blow it all up.” That was the sentiment that animated any number of Republican primary voters in 2016. The “it” was (take your pick) the Republican Party, the “establishment,” the country. There were many good reasons for voters to be dissatisfied with the state of things ...

Opinion: Justice comes for Harvey Weinstein

He said, she said. Then Justice James Burke said: “Although this is a first conviction, it is not a first offense. There is evidence before me of other incidents of sexual assault involving a number of women, all of which are legitimate considerations for sentence.” And he gave ...

Opinion: Coronavirus in the ‘truthiness’ era

There’s an old song by The O’Jays that seems especially apropos to this moment. The refrain goes: “Those lies done caught up with you this time.” The song was about a faithless lover getting her comeuppance. But it also works as a verdict on so-called conservatives in an age of ...

Opinion: With Trump, we miss the voice of leadership

We’re traveling in a crowded subway car somewhere under Manhattan when, without warning, the car comes to an abrupt halt in a tunnel in between stations. The subway car is plunged into darkness, and our own growing anxiety, along with that of our fellow passengers, is almost palpable. After a ...

Opinion: Biden’s 2nd chance one for history

Sweet relief. Super Tuesday was the worst setback for left-wing populism since Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party crashed and burned. But while the voters have handed Joe Biden another chance, it’s important to recognize why they’ve had doubts. From the start of this election cycle, ...