About the author
Donald Kaul

Donald Kaul has written columns for half a century, beginning with a long stint at the Des Moines Register that made him a household name (in a good way) throughout Iowa. OtherWords began distributing his columns in 2001 following his retirement from the Register. In July 2012, he had a heart attack and declared that he needed a break. In December 2012, he un-retired again but said he’d decided to write without the constraints of a schedule. 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. Due to a new bout of health challenges, Kaul began a new medical leave in October 2013. He has written two columns since then and OtherWords sometimes posts “flashback” columns when they may resonate due to current events.

Articles by the author

Send in the Clowns

As the 2016 presidential candidates belatedly get worked up about inequality, they're losing touch with reality.

The Road to Ruin

The race for the White House delivers either Republican presidents who favor the rich or Democrats who also favor the rich, but not as much.

The Bibi-GOP Clown Show

Republicans invited the Israeli prime minister to Congress to embarrass Obama, not to defuse a nuclear threat.

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