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: 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 ...

Opinion: How the language is shifting on abortion

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” The great humanitarian, cartoonist and children’s author Dr. Suess scripted out a few phrases of wisdom on abortion. No. No, he did not. But that fact hasn’t kept anti-abortion advocates from citing him. The late Dr. Seuss, or Theodor ...

Opinion: DeSantis passing Kool-Aid to GOP

Ron DeSantis has earned some recent notoriety for casting doubt on the COVID-19 vaccines and attacking the experts who happen to know about them. “It seems like our medical establishment never wanted to be honest with people about the potential drawbacks,” the Florida governor said in ...

Opinion: Do Americans even know how to agree?

Paging through the latest survey research from More in Common, I came upon a phrase that deserves to be carved in stone: “conflict entrepreneurs.” You know them. They are the arsonists who incessantly inflame every disagreement in order to boost their own “brands.” They rile us up and ...