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.
I Coulda Been a Hedge Fund Manager
A guidance counselor cast me rudderless on the uncharted waters of higher education, where I drifted into journalism.
What’s so Great About Freedom from Health Care?
It’s the other guy’s government benefits that bother them.
Church’s Sex Abuse Scandal Reflects Deep Flaw
There’s a systemic flaw in the way the Church does things, involving hundreds of priests and thousands of victims of abuse, mainly children.
It’s not Government’s Size, It’s the Stupidity
There are few things more powerful than a bad idea that gets made into legislation.
Racism Just Isn’t Funny
The Compton Cookout was so egregious that the situation demanded a dramatic response.
Recipe for Fighting the Party of No
Obama should slim down his agenda to two things: health care and jobs.
Don’t Apologize if You’re Sorry about Getting Caught
I don’t see why I’m supposed to feel better because you apologize for getting caught.
Dealing with the Deficit
Everyone wants a solution to our problems, but no one wants to pay a price.
Palin’s Tea Party
At first glance it’s easy to dismiss the Tea Partiers as bumpkins with the political acuity of a box of rocks.
Next, We’ll Sell Senate Seats to Exxon Mobil and AT&T
Our democracy has been in decline for some time but this decision closes the books on it.
Massachusetts: The Democrats Blew It
The only sound worse than a Democrat whining about a loss is a Republican crowing about victory.
Our National Pastime Is Too Brutal
Football uses its combatants like Kleenex, then discards them with hardly a thought.