The Opinion desk is excited to dive into the blog in the weeks and months to come. Get to know your staff columnists as they sound off regularly on the issues of the day. Watch them fire back at commenters on video in our new multimedia feature, Op-Ed Live. On the blog, our writers will explore new topics, from niche to profound, freed from the confines of ink and paper. We hope you’ll join the conversation.

— Alex Klein and Andrew Squire