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.


We Don’t Need a Secretary of Militarism

At the very least least, Chuck Hagel knows war intimately.

My Broken Heart

I have to figure out whether I want to spend my last years writing about this new country.

The War on Soda Pop

We’re famous for embracing the freedom to do the wrong thing, as often as we please.

Pennsylvania’s High-Profile Pedophile Scandals

The Penn State and Philadelphia archdiocese cases are parallel examples of two grand, exalted institutions fleeing their moral responsibilities.

Save Austerity Measures for the Next Boom

Obama should reject the conservative mantra that equates government and family spending.

One Weak Domino

Other countries have problems, but Greece’s are an encyclopedia of bad behavior.

Running for Magician-in-Chief

Republicans are embracing a dangerous Marxist philosophy.

Recalling the Gilded Age

Americans just won’t take greed from their next-door neighbors.

Bitter Broccoli

Life without funny is too great a price to pay for good health.

Walmart’s Unsurprising Bribes

Bribery is as American as apple pie.

Remembering Charles Colson

Tricky Dick’s master of dirty tricks became a Christian prison reformer but was no saintly do-gooder.

Our Ruinous Game

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.

Vegan Confessions

The vegetable is a quick cure for much if not most of our health problems.

Declaration of War

Republican firebrands want to set Romney’s agenda.

The Freedom to Fear

The only change the Supreme Court’s majority believes in is change that takes us back to the 18th century.

Breathing While Black

Strip searches are now legal after arrests for violating leash laws or riding a bicycle without an audible bell.

Chairman of the Con Man Committee

It’s hard to take Rep. Paul Ryan’s proposal seriously.

Riding on the Wrong Track

Stop the world; I want to get off.

Grand Old Pedagogy

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.

I Don’t Like Ike’s Memorial

If you’re going to do something that big, don’t put it on the National Mall.

    My Broken Heart

    The Winston-Salem (NC) Journal | July 26, 2012

    The War on Soda Pop

    The (Biloxi MS) Sun-Herald | July 22, 2012

    My Broken Heart

    The Des Moines (IA) Register | July 22, 2012

    The War on Soda Pop

    The (Prestonsburg KY) Floyd County Times | July 20, 2012

    Pennsylvania’s High-Profile Pedophile Scandals

    The Youngstown Vindicator | July 11, 2012

    Pennsylvania’s High-Profile Pedophile Scandals

    The Springfield (MO) News-Leader | July 11, 2012

    Save Austerity Measures for the Next Boom

    The Holland (MI) Sentinel | July 6, 2012

    Save Austerity Measures for the Next Boom

    The Winston-Salem (NC) Journal | July 3, 2012

    One Weak Domino

    The Indianapolis Star | June 30, 2012

    One Weak Domino

    The Des Moines (IA) Register | June 30, 2012