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.





Reynolds, Upmeyer must take over sexual harassment investigation

Any hope that Iowa Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix is either prepared or willing to resolve ongoing sexual harassment issues at the Statehouse ended Tuesday.

Dix, a Shell Rock Republican, sat down with reporters and did not directly answer questio ... »

Time to stop the Chicago blame game

There's a persistent rumbling of how Chicago transplants are to blame for just about every negative trend in Eastern Iowa. Perhaps you've heard it?

The lack of affordable housing in our communities, as well as the strain on local social services ... »

Recommit to support veterans

Parades, free meals and organized ceremonies took place Friday as Iowans observed Veterans Day. That leaves this day, the actual date of Veterans Day, open for personal reflection and recommitment to those who wore the boots.

Since 1775, nearly 1. ... »

Iowa misses opportunity to curb teenage risky behavior

DES MOINES - Sex educators who gathered here last week for an annual conference have reason to be concerned. Iowa's family planning landscape has changed, making it more difficult for teens to get needed information and services.

The Legislature's ... »

Support sexual assault survivors

Recent social media initiatives have shown how prevalent sexual harassment and assault are, and that's left some men (and women) wonderi ... »

Iowa must raise the bar for immigrant families

A new national report makes clear that children of color and children living in immigrant families face persistent challenges that Iowa and other states aren't adequately addressing.

The report, #x201c; ... »

New bus shelter at Westdale

A lot of amazing things can happen in just a few months.

In May 2016, I spent two weeks riding Cedar Rapids Transit buses and blogging about my experiences. At the request of transit riders, I tried to replicate some of their frustrations regardi ... »

#NoMore hashtags to say #MeToo

How many sexual predators, victims of abuse and hashtags does it take before society comes to terms with #x201c;locker room talk#x201d; and the harm it causes?

Sexual harassment and assault aren't just #x201c;women's issues,#x201d; they are a com ... »

Hopeful past presidents speak out

President George W. Bush set down his paintbrushes this week to issue a very public assessment of U.S. politics. Let's hope everyone was listening.

#x201c;Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cru ... »

Fort Madison prison advocates pray for public reprieve

Driving by the original Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison, I always wondered if the offenders housed within were tormented by happy sounds emanating from the miniature golf and ice cream stand located just outside its sandstone walls. This past we ... »