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.


Austerity Won’t Restore our Prosperity

We are trying to prop up an economy that is a giant Ponzi scheme.

Religious Freedom isn’t just for Christians

You can’t judge Islam exclusively by its worst moments.

Beck’s Civil Rights Delusion

You don’t start an historic movement just by getting a few clowns up on a stage and waving a flag.

Setting the Record Straight

What we have in place of ideology is single-issue politics.

Much Ado about Non-News Stories

From the first lady’s Spanish foray to the flight attendant who went postal, the media indulged in an annual ritual this August.

The Case for Killing Bush’s Tax Cuts for the Rich

Two GOP ghosts bravely argue for fiscal responsibility.

We’re Not Colorblind

Racism is woven into the very fabric of our society.

Remembering George Steinbrenner

His flaws far outweighed any public virtue he might have possessed.

Our Grandchildren Deserve Better Politicians

If I sound a little more dispirited than usual, it’s because I am.

Remembering John Wooden

He was a deeply religious, non-swearing coach who saw to it that his players graduated.

Detroit Farm Concept Belongs in the Junkyard

It’s an urban ruin; barely recognizable as the city it once was, but still a city for all that

No Drama, Not Even Angry

How would other presidents have reacted to a multinational corporation based in a foreign country using our coastline for a toxic dump?

We’ve Got to Get out of There

Strategies that depend on invading and pacifying Afghanistan–thereby bending it to the invader’s will–never work

Joe Barton’s Honest Mistake

The GOP believes in standing up for the rich and powerful against the tyranny of the weak, but without having its lawmakers do it in public.

Running on Hot Air

Whether you’re part of the problem or part of the solution, you can extort a ton of money from corporations that want to buy your vote.

It’s Your Fault

BP is out there drilling in deep water to feed our oil addiction.

God’s to Blame Too

We don’t seem to hold this Omnipotent Being responsible for His or Her actions.

Do Yourself a Favor, Rand: Stop Talking

If these people ever do get into office, we won’t need term limits.

Academic Diversity on the Supreme Court

I’m against Kagan because she went to Harvard.

Wake Me Up When It’s June

Seldom has so much stupidity, past and present, been on display simultaneously.

    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