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.





Jobs and housing go hand-in-hand

Two news items caught my eye last week - one a human interest piece, the other a business announcement. Yet at their heart, they pointed to the same need.

Gazette business reporter George C. Ford detailed plans by an Alliant Energy subsidiary to ... »

Learn how to put art to work

People want to live in communities that make them feel connected to one another, neighborhoods and towns that are diverse, vibrant and inviting. If Iowans can cultivate and nurture those types of spaces, cultural and economic stability will follow.

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Long road ahead for Iowa political equity advocates

The 2016 election will go down in Iowa history as a time when a record number of women sought office. It won't, however, be remembered as one where women saw gains.

While women nationally continue to absorb the loss of the presidency, Iowa women ... »

Still a lot of work to do

Throughout the community one question seems to dominate personal interaction: #x201c;How are you feeling?#x201d;

I've been asked by people I see each day and those I only have occasional opportunity to speak with. Convenience store clerks, local m ... »

In Iowa column: ‘Circulator’ worth Marion investment

City Manager Lon Pluckhahn and Marion Economic Development Corporation President Nick Glew made the pitch to Cedar Rapids Transit: Expand public transit services farther east, across Highway 13, to the police station and 184-acre business park known as ... »

Let’s just leave ‘rape’ out of it

A not-so-funny thing happened in the wake of the latest politically-charged dust-up between Linn County Auditor Joel Miller and his former primary opponent Joe Stutler.

My colleague, Todd Dorman, offered a ... »

Break free from personality politics

When I made the first trips south to visit family and friends after moving to Iowa, diminishment of my homespun accent drew the most curiosity and confusion.

#x201c;What did you say?#x201d; one of my sisters, a Texas resident, asked, repeating th ... »

Good for Regents to explain

Pretty soon the Iowa Board of Regents will need to explain its actions.

A Polk County lawsuit by University of Iowa alumnus and former staffer Gerhild Krapf questions the methods used by certain Regents during the University of Iowa presidential s ... »

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. ... »