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.





Placemaking: Seeking our place to belong

Pause for a moment and consider your community or neighborhood. Do you thrive there? Are you attached to it? Do you belong?

Those are questi ... »

An order to do what lawmakers will not

After three years of battling unwilling lawmakers, Gov. Terry Branstad took another executive order plunge Monday.

The order — the 86t ... »

Weren’t we discussing fetal tissue?

How did we move from supposed outrage about undercover videos regarding the use of fetal tissue in medical research, to proposed legislation and Co ... »

Too bad Obama isn’t a Muslim

The first U.S. visit by Pope Francis made clear that most Americans have finally sat aside anti-Catholic prejudice, a process that began decades ag ... »

Six months? Make your voice louder

Six months have passed since federal authorities labeled an Iowa City pastor as one of the “ ... »

The changing face of rural America

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Asked to create a mental image of the people most likely to participate in a national rural conference, few would imagine ... »

Catching up on odds and ends

It’s amazing how much can pile up when you’re out of town for a few days, isn’t it?

Below are two brief follow-ups to p ... »

National Vietnam Memorial offered mirror to past

More than 45 years have passed since my brother gave his life while serving the nation. This week I stood before the national monument honoring the ... »

The view from stage right

Imagine the Iowa Straw Poll in its glory days. Now pretend that no one there really likes or trusts each other.

Pump up the humidity and tem ... »

Iowa Culture app needs our help

As a lover of historical markers and roadside oddities, I gleefully downloaded the new Iowa Culture app, but quickly learned what was and wasn ... »

Character will decide UI fate

And to think, just days ago, we thought it couldn’t get any worse than a choice between Mr. Older White Guy one, two, three or four.

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Family, loss and near drownings

When I was about 8 or 9 years old, I nearly drowned in the Illinois River.

Our family — Mom, Dad, me and various assortments of my si ... »

Immigration forum will target ugly rhetoric

Young people with handmade signs and women wearing ankle tracking devices surrounded several members of Congress to relay their real-life horror st ... »

Branstad, GOP hopefuls differ on local control

Spend a little time with the 2016 GOP presidential candidates and you’ll hear their plans to loosen government’s reins and provide lo ... »

Binders full of … hypocrisy

Pardon the dust, but it’s time we brush off one of the Republican Party’s binders full of women.

And, no, I’m not talkin ... »