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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.

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Use actions to thank veterans

Not only is it important this Memorial Day to honor fallen veterans, we should offer more than words to those still living.

Last year was the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, our country's bloodiest conflict. Roughly 500,000 Union ... »

Party platform influence is poor concession

Word is that Democratic officials are hoping to heal the rift between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters. It's a good goal, even if the action behind the intent points to a questionable start.

An agreement allowed Sanders to ... »

VIDEO: Cedar Rapids bus riders talk pluses, minuses of system

Hoping to provide elected officials with a better understanding of how existing public transit services in Cedar Rapids impact the public, columnist Lynda Waddington recently rode the bus and spoke with other riders.

Here are a few of the people ... »

Pat Murphy campaigning like it’s 1999

Have a look around. This is the year of the political outsider. Too bad 1st Congressional District Democratic hopeful Pat Murphy was robodialing instead of reading the memo.

From the GOP's reluctant embrace of a Donald Trump presidential bid to Hi ... »

Congress takes aim at school lunch

If Congress continues on its current path, students will be eating less healthy, and less often.

Republicans in the U.S. House are advancing ... »

Investment must follow Iowa justice reforms

What will Iowa communities do with the nearly 1,000 non-violent drug offenders made eligible for early release by the justice reform bill signed into law by Gov. Terry Branstad this week?

Or maybe the better question is what will those rejoining ... »

Transit blog, day ten

I have been doing a lot of talking about Cedar Rapids Transit services. Let’s hear from someone else. Here’s a video.

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Answering your bus questions

Many readers have submitted questions regarding my two-week stint on Cedar Rapids Transit. Here are your answers.

. Will you continue to use the city buses?

I won't ride every day, at least not under ... »

Transit blog, day nine

One of my main take-aways from this project has been that many people - roughly four out of every five I've spoken with - have developed a certain perception of who uses public transit.

Some believe transit users are all homeless or nearly so. On ... »

Transit blog, day eight

At the beginning of this series I said that after I used the Cedar Rapids Transit app more, I'd offer a review. Today seems like a good day.

The first thing you need to know is that the website - rideCRT.com - ... »