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.





C.R. transit consumers speak out

Last week I announced a public transit experiment, and asked readers for their advice and suggestions. They didn't disappoint.

With new money soon arriving for public transit services in Cedar Rapids, many local groups are studying all aspects of ... »

Veteran who died at Normandy finally honored

No one knows exactly how many veterans are buried in cemeteries in the Corridor without headstones or other markers of their sacrifice. On this day, however, we know there is one less.

Leonard L. Kelly, area veterans believe, may be the only Ced ... »

Dutchman cares for overseas grave of Iowa WWII soldier

Just when a prolonged and extreme political season seemed to signal an end of civility, an unassuming man in the Netherlands has renewed my faith in humanity.

Pat Wilkinson, head of research for the Gen ... »

Calling all CR Transit riders

When was the last time you took a ride on a city bus?

If you are like the city council and school board candidates I've asked, the answer is #x201c;not lately,#x201d; #x201c;ahhh,#x201d; or #x201c;can't remember.#x201d;

Regular riders oft ... »

Should punishment fit the crime or the risk?

A bill intended to drastically reform punishment for domestic violence has quickly moved through the legislature this year. While good-intentioned, it opens the door for use of risk assessments in sentencing, and uses ineffective mandatory minimums.

Prepare for more food deserts

Accessing fresh produce and other healthy and affordable food will become increasingly more difficult over the next decade.

Nearly two-thirds of rural grocery store owners in Minnesota expect to step away from their business within 10 years, acco ... »

Recovery slow for Congolese immigrants

They had only been in the United States for a few weeks when an encounter with a patch of ice in the early morning hours of Feb. 4 changed everything.

Nancy Lusemo, Serge Baketela and Mirielle Mbambi were three of nine people carpooling in a mini ... »

HUD ex-offender housing rule a smart move

America should be a country of second chances.

This should be a nation in which each individual is judged on his or her own actions and merits. We don't need to blindly trust, but we must step away from stereotypes that keep certain segments of ... »

SCOTUS short one justice shortchanges Iowans

It's been said that leaving the U.S. Supreme Court with only eight members isn't a big deal, that it won't really affect Iowans. But it already has.

The most discussed SCOTUS deadlock thus far came Tuesday, when an evenly divided court couldn't fi ... »

No more lowered bar for sexism

Expecting chuckles, I was quite surprised to hear startled gasps. That was when I knew I'd crossed a line.

As part of the Pints & Politics panel March 24 at CSPS in Cedar Rapids, I was listening to ongoing discussion of the 1st and 2nd District C ... »

Unique federal program focuses on CR families
Cedar Rapids is one of only five cities in the nation chosen for a federal demonstration project to help homeless or near homeless families with an op ... »