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.


Pumping Gas Prices for All They’re Worth

Can our nation survive $5-a-gallon gas?

Darned Ingrate Iraqis!

“Don’t let the door hit you on the way out” sounds even worse in Arabic than in English.

Iraq Takes It Personally

“Don’t let the door hit you on the way out” is terrifying in Arabic.

Party of God

You wouldn’t think it would take Him four shots to pick a winner.

The Fight over Reproductive Rights

Liberals aren’t trying to make anyone use birth control.

Un-Presidential Primaries

Despite the Santorum speed bump, it seems certain now that Mitt Romney will be the eventual nominee.

Maintaining Capability to Wage a Second War Asking for Trouble

Just like anything else, with national-security strategy nature abhors a vacuum.

Profiting from the Pentagon

A two-war strategy is like a two-car garage — you’ll own two cars sooner or later.

Destroy Our Future

I’m forming my very own Super PAC.

The End of the Iraq War: the Proverbial Tree Falling in the Forest

A zero on the home front’s Richter Scale.

A Zero on the Home Front’s Richter Scale

The end of the Iraq War was accompanied by the sound of one hand clapping.

What I’m Giving Up in 2012

Big money makes writing about climate change action and gun control a lost cause.

South Carolina on my Mind

By November, a third of the American people will believe that Barack Obama kidnapped the Lindbergh baby and Michelle drove the getaway car.

Losing My Cool

Obama seems to have confused the “bully pulpit” with a “bully suggestion box.”

Reading Frog Entrails

Although the media may behave otherwise, Iowa’s oddball caucuses are as apt to choose a loser as a winner.

At Peace with Christmas

What you call credit card debt is what some other person calls a job.

The Rich are Profiting Like It’s 1929

We’re being sold a bill of goods, people.

Ethnic Jokes are a Fool’s Game

In any case, being good at pasta is better than being good at war.

Shocked and Disappointed

Walmart’s sales are down because people are skimping on things like milk and food while Saks Fifth Avenue is selling lots of $1,000 handbags and $2,000 suits.

Vegan Misgivings

Moving to the big table wouldn’t have been such a big deal if what you found when you got there was broccoli.

    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