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.


My Favorite Republican

Eisenhower’s farewell address sounds like a speech not merely from another era but from another planet.

American History Requires Study, not Plastic Surgery

The Constitution, like Huckleberry Finn, is in many ways a reflection of its time.

Roadmap to Disaster

Republicans want to rip the heart out of the future and bury it at the intersection of crumbling highways and a falling-down bridge to nowhere.

Wanted: 21st-Century Gun Laws for 21st-Century Weapons

Life seldom imitates Clint Eastwood movies. Even when it does, you rarely get to be Clint.

The Right to Bear Arms, Even if You’re Nuts

Where else can a certifiable loony who looks like Charlie Manson’s creepy cousin walk into a gun store and buy a semi-automatic pistol that shoots 30 rounds in just a few seconds?

Perfect: The Enemy of the Happy

Wouldn’t be terrible if we had a great president and we didn’t notice?

America the Exceptional

Surely the greatest country on earth would have the leading educational system in the world, but we don’t.

GOP: Man of the Year

The Republicans hit on the strategy of acting as though they’d won the 2008 elections.

Why Can’t Our Politicians Get into the Holiday Spirit?

Surely life’s unfairness doesn’t have to be rubbed in kids’ faces at Christmas.

Invertebrate President

Barack Obama has been replaced by a guy who makes Jimmy Carter look like Vince Lombardi.

End the Pot Prohibition

Let’s make getting busted for marijuana possession like getting a speeding ticket.

ISO: Obama’s Campaign-Trail Eloquence

I can’t understand how the Obama administration became so inarticulate.

Good-for-Nothing Commission

No sane politician would vote for any of the changes the commission headed by Bowles and Simpson is recommending, unless he or she is planning to retire early.

Patriotic Schlunk

Always vote, even if you have to hold your nose.

GOP Magic Act

Voters responded to hard times by increasing the power of an avowed enemy of prosperity.

Responsible for his own Words

The Juan Williams debacle shows that flying-while-Muslim is the new driving-while-black.

The Year of the Screwball

A bad economy might make voters angry, but it shouldn’t make them crazy.

Tied to the Tracks

It’s beginning to look as though President Obama is going to be run over by the train that is the Angry American Voter.

Confronting the Reality of Climate Change

I think anything we do is going to be too little, too late.

Hot Fudge Sundae Diet

Republicans are promising to solve all our problems without cost or pain.

    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