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.
Real patriotism requires coming to terms with the grimmer side of American history.
One well-rehearsed performance in a single debate shouldn’t wipe out the memory of Michele Bachmann’s long public career filled with absurd misstatements of fact and bizarre conspiracy theories.
There are a thousand ways to die and every one of them has a lobbyist working for it in Washington. You are the only lobbyist working for No. 1.
Huntsman might be that magic Republican: one orthodox enough to win the GOP nomination but flexible enough to succeed in the general election. I wouldn’t bet on it.
It doesn’t take a stooge or a Nazi to take Israel’s 1967 borders as a no-brainer.
The fact that one of the world’s most powerful financial officials could be arrested and thrown in jail for assaulting a chambermaid gives me hope for my country.
Trying to hold down the deficit by not raising the debt ceiling is like trying to balance your family budget by deciding not to pay the rent or your mortgage.
We are afraid as once we were not, not even in the darkest days of World War II when the Nazi monster threatened us.
The 9-11 attacks assaulted our self-confidence and delivered a blow to our sense of well being from which we have yet to recover, a decade later.
Republican primary voters like weird, and when it comes to weird, Rep. Michele Bachmann tops the list.
In 1993, President Bill Clinton and a Democratic Congress raised taxes and lowered the deficit, at which point the economy took off and produced a budget surplus for the final four years of his presidency.
A string of high-profile blunders and trumped-up stings are endangering a key public and cultural institution.
The tea party effect: no Republican who can win the general election in 2012 can be nominated.
We were just about to start getting back into the nuclear energy business ourselves after refraining from building any new nuclear reactors for decades.
Cutting military spending would make us leaner and meaner; stronger, not weaker.
The attack on the public service unions in Wisconsin, Ohio, and Indiana is the first volley in an all-out war by conservatives on all unions.