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: Biden has to make the most of upcoming debates

Until he challenged Donald Trump to debate, President Joe Biden seemed in denial about the state of the race. He’d been saying for some time that the polls were wrong. This was disturbing for a couple of reasons, the first being that, if anything, the polls have underpredicted, not ...

Opinion: Identity may be fluid, but chromosomes are not

To what extent should a transgender woman be treated the same as women who started life as female? That depends. Let’s start with a definition. A trans woman is someone assigned male at birth but who identifies as a woman. There is a transitioning process that can include legal, social ...

Opinion: The Supreme Court vs. democracy

Washington — The silence from the Supreme Extreme Court is deafening. News broke that a Republican member’s house flew a “Stop the Steal” American flag days after the Jan. 6 mob attack on the Capitol. This kind of defiance, actually applauding the violent takeover of democracy, is ...

Opinion: Debates are less important than they are made out to be

The Biden and Trump campaigns agreed to two presidential debates last week. Who among us can contain our excitement? Well, it depends on what you mean by “us.” In my corner of the professional world — pundits, commentators, political junkies — there was much rejoicing. Watching the ...

Opinion: Democrats should let Greene be the Republicans’ problem

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s nasty remark about a fellow congresswoman’s appearance was characteristically stupid. But the Georgia Republican is hoist on her own petard on such a regular basis, why would Democrats want to stop her? You may have seen the video of the House Oversight ...

Opinion: Graduates need to know life is bigger than GPAs

By Bonnie Jean Feldkamp “Your success in high school does not determine your success in life.” My high school English teacher Chuck Keller told me this, and it was exactly what teenage me needed to hear. Chuck was right, and I’m here to pass on this little nugget to young adults ...