Donald Kaul wrote columns for 50 years, beginning with a long stint at the Des Moines Register that made him a household name (in a good way) throughout Iowa. OtherWords distributed his columns from 2001 through July 2012, when he had a heart attack and declared that he needed either a temporary or permanent break. Kaul, who was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for commentary in 1987 and 1999, lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. You can read more about his career in this column.
At the very least least, Chuck Hagel knows war intimately.
I have to figure out whether I want to spend my last years writing about this new country.
We're famous for embracing the freedom to do the wrong thing, as often as we please.
The Penn State and Philadelphia archdiocese cases are parallel examples of two grand, exalted institutions fleeing their moral responsibilities.
Obama should reject the conservative mantra that equates government and family spending.
Other countries have problems, but Greece's are an encyclopedia of bad behavior.
Republicans are embracing a dangerous Marxist philosophy.
Americans just won't take greed from their next-door neighbors.
Life without funny is too great a price to pay for good health.
Bribery is as American as apple pie.
Tricky Dick's master of dirty tricks became a Christian prison reformer but was no saintly do-gooder.
Football fans have a high tolerance for pain -- in others -- and show little sympathy for the plight of the players who now are seeking redress for their injuries.
The vegetable is a quick cure for much if not most of our health problems.
Republican firebrands want to set Romney's agenda.
The only change the Supreme Court's majority believes in is change that takes us back to the 18th century.
Strip searches are now legal after arrests for violating leash laws or riding a bicycle without an audible bell.
It's hard to take Rep. Paul Ryan's proposal seriously.
Stop the world; I want to get off.
We're a diverse nation of many religions and each has the same rights as any other group, including the right to be left alone.
If you're going to do something that big, don't put it on the National Mall.