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: Beware of aggrieved empires China and Russia

China sent 71 aircraft and seven ships toward Taiwan in a 24-hour period, while Russia shelled the Kherson region more than 70 times. These acts of aggression —occurring 5,000 miles apart, one in a grinding war of attrition, the other as part of an ongoing political and diplomatic struggle ...

Opinion: People I don’t want to see next year

There are media heavies we saw written about, talked about, day after tedious day, month after tiresome month. May the obsession over them fade in 2023. Mehmet Oz. Donald Trump’s hand-picked TV doctor lost his quest to win an open Senate seat in Pennsylvania, but his ads live on. One ...

Opinion: What do we do about Clarence Thomas?

Donald Trump’s legal problems are mounting — with growing probability of criminal prosecutions for his attempted coup, theft of top-secret documents, and tax fraud. You know where all this is going to end up, right? The Supreme Court. What are the chances that Trump’s three appointees ...

Opinion: Being ‘woke’ is something to be proud of

Growing up in the small town of Delaware City, one of the first lessons I learned, playing in the dirt street in front of our house, was: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” It’s so true. It makes so much sense. It’s such a powerful lesson it’s hard ...

Opinion: The naysayers are wrong; fusion will change the world

A government laboratory, after decades of tireless effort and many a disappointment, announces that it has achieved the holy grail of green energy: nuclear fusion ignition! And the response has been ... a damp squib. A reporter at The Guardian sniffed that what happened at Lawrence ...

Opinion: TikTok needs to leave American shores

I’ve whiled away the half-hours on TikTok, time I’ll never get back. I won’t say there haven’t been moments. I’ve seen some super breakdancing, useful cleaning tricks and a cat working a door knocker. But the scrolling short videos do turn tedious after a short while. At least for ...