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.


What Would Palin Do?

Sarah, tell us what to do about the BP oil disaster.

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.

Keep Grant on the $50 Bill

Compared to Reagan he was a giant.

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.

GOP Obstructionist Antics Signal its Demise

Do we really need a Republican Party?

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.

Toyota: Japan’s General Motors

Dethroning GM cost the Japanese automaker its soul.

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.

Wall Street Gets It

They’d keep laughing all the way to the bank, except they are the bank.

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.

Race and the Rapture

There are three subjects we can’t discuss rationally: Israel, Cuba, and race.

Fly the Unfriendly Skies, if You Dare

I blamed Joe Lieberman, but that’s just me.

Our National Pastime Is Too Brutal

Football uses its combatants like Kleenex, then discards them with hardly a thought.

    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