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.





Big ROI in living a grateful life

Did the Thanksgiving holiday help you to physically feel better? If not, you may have been doing it wrong.

Researchers have found that people who practice gratitude or thankfulness report a variety of very tangible benefits, including:

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Plans for potential pipeline problems should be public

Last week, Todd Stamm, vice president of the company that would operate the proposed Bakken oil pipeline, told Iowa Utilities Board members that threat assessments were created in relation to spill scenarios. According to a Des Moines Register ... »

Learn to live despite risk, fear

Although only a handful of people know it, there was a time when I couldn't get behind the wheel of a car without having a panic attack.

It started late one night when I was traveling through fog on Hwy 151. I had just passed the Springville exi ... »

Missouri professor no longer deserves position

University of Missouri Assistant Professor of Communication Melissa Click must be fired.

If you've watched the video, then you are hereby excused from reading this rest of the column. If not, let me set the stage for you.

The video, shot by ... »

Let’s remember, mourn all changed by Vietnam

No matter how personal or distant the connection, it's difficult to reconcile emotions surrounding the Vietnam War.

Several readers, many of them veterans and friends, reached out to me after reading a ... »

Moving beyond projects to philosophy

Since returning from the National Rural Assembly I've been reaching out to small town leaders and advocates with a question: #x201c;Why does so little of the federal grant money set aside for creative placemaking flow into Iowa?#x201d;

The Nationa ... »

An opening, but not yet a mandate

Progressives in Iowa City are excited, and rightfully so, but shouldn't be lulled into believing that electing a city council majority is the end game.

Tuesday was historic for Iowa City municipal politics. In its most boiled down sense, the cont ... »

Minorities, especially, should cast a local ballot

There's no doubt that a mere handful of votes can change the outcome of a city election, but there is even more at stake for Iowa's underrepresented minority communities.

Study voter turnout for any length of time and you'll find political scienti ... »

Political training added to Iowa Renewal Project

If a national movement coming to Des Moines is successful, Iowans may see many more conservative pastors and church leaders on their 2016 ballots.

The movement - the Men and Women of Issachar - is the brainchild of David Lane, a politically-conne ... »

Can rural K-12 achieve the promise of NGSS?

IOWA CITY - Two days of meetings this week highlighted the latest national standards that will change K-12 education in Iowa.

The Next Generation Science Standards, rolled out in 2013 and adopted by Io ... »