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.

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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 Highway 151. I had just passed the Springville e ... »

Partisan messaging won’t help rural Iowa

Maybe I set too high a bar for former Lt. Gov. Patty Judge's initiative to engage rural Iowa voters.

The first news release from the organization, Focus on Rural America, arrived Tuesday afternoon. It contained a summary of the group's revelations ... »

Resignation can’t stymie DHS probe

Two of three teens the state pledged to protect were placed in homes where they were subsequently neglected and abused to death. The third fled her torturers.

More than 4,000 other Iowa children are overseen by this most likely flawed system.

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Affordable housing tour offers necessary spotlight

Work on a project for months, put your heart and soul into it and, even so, you'll be hard-pressed to pick it out of the pack. This is the lesson lost to those who skipped the Cedar Rapids Metro Affordable Housing Bus Tour last Thursday.

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CR Transit changes nearly here

Proposed changes to Cedar Rapids Transit passed their first public hearing hurdle this week.

The upcoming changes are a result of recommendations from the 2016 Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) ... »

Iowa winnowing of health care begins

News that health care advocates had been dreading came Thursday: Planned Parenthood of the Heartland will shutter a third of it's Iowa clinics.

Locations in Bettendorf, Sioux City, Burlington and Keokuk will ... »

Keep it honest, take it personally

Dubuque letter writer Barbara Rank struck a chord, according to a Washington Post headline. I have another assessm ... »

A Mother’s Day question: Do we really value moms?

This year many Iowans and Americans will splurge on Mother's Day gifts.

Consumers told the National Retail Federation that their spending will b ... »

Oklahoma provides template for pipeline protest backlash

Dakota Access Pipeline protests have sparked changes to the Oklahoma criminal trespass code. The measures could become boilerplate bills for other jurisdictions.

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Iowans ‘growing bolder’ in fight against senior hunger

Are Iowans doing enough or the right things to help older residents get the nutritious and affordable food they need to thrive? That's the question participants at the Growing Bolder Hunger Summit this we ... »