Exact Change

Lynda Waddington

At The Gazette I serve as a columnist, blogger, community engagement co-leader and member of the editorial board. I've been both an insider and observer of Iowa politics and, shockingly enough, I still enjoy it. While I write on a variety of topics, I enjoy telling the stories of everyday people most of all. My house is home to two cats, two dogs, two children, a few hundred dust bunnies, at least a couple of MIA hamsters and, of course, my spouse. Our oldest daughter was released into the wild a few years ago, and should phone her mother more often.





Facts must drive council housing vote

With the threat of floodwaters rescinded, members of the Cedar Rapids City Council are poised to throw off the shackles of community goodwill. Unfortunately, pesky facts about a proposed mixed-income housing project remain as sturdy as temporary flood b ... »

Iowans owe debt to tribes fighting pipeline

When this election is complete, I hope to travel and stand alongside the Standing Rock Sioux. It's the least I can do for the 300 tribes who are inadvertently fighting for the protection of Iowa farmland while demanding their sovereignty be respected. ... »

Can’t blame Trump for ‘Repeal 19th’

Given the trajectory of this campaign cycle it's easy to imagine Donald Trump pushing to disenfranchise half of America. But the #RepealThe19th hashtag predates his campaign.

News stories surfaced this week linking ... »

The high cost of staying alive

Although it pains me to admit it, the truth is that I'm part of the horde of Americans who are very poor health care consumers.

My husband is a pump-carrying Type 1 diabetic, which was previously known as Juvenile Diabetes because it typically m ... »

Mike Pence did what he had to do

Do not blame Mike Pence. In this week's vice presidential debate Pence did the only thing he could.

Wisconsin radio personality Charlie Sykes said it best when he described the logical outcome of yea ... »

Aim higher for Iowa’s gun safety training

For the past five years, Iowa law has required citizens wanting a weapons permit to pay for a #x201c;safety#x201d; class that has no minimum standards. And, based on conversations with the crop of this year's legislative candidates, no changes are on th ... »

White House Housing Toolkit a good start

Have outdated and onerous zoning ordinances and environmental protections stifled housing development and local economies? A new federal report says they have, contributing to issues such as income inequality, gentrification, strained safety nets, commu ... »

Trading expectations for reality in Linn supervisor race

Seems like everyone is excited about the number of women up and down the ballot. But there is one hotly contested Linn County office where no female names appear.

The Gazette's Editorial Board has been busy with candidate interviews, which are on ... »

Iowa families need more than platitudes, campaign rhetoric

Some Iowa lawmakers and elected officials gathered on the steps of the Capital this week to be disingenuous.

It's difficult to find good news in this election cycle, but this past week offered an exception.

Both Democratic and Republican pr ... »

Bring kids together on Friday night

By my estimation, high school football games are the greatest student solidarity builders since elementary school. It's one of the reasons I love them.

I need to note up front that I grew up in the South, where football is practically a religion. ... »