Exact change by Lynda Waddington

Middle-aged women (still) leading political activism

A funny thing happened in the wake of last year's presidential election. No, it wasn't that more women signed up to serve as foot soldiers on the poli ...

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State won’t force my daughters

For the past several years I've searched for a way to get my oldest daughter to move back to Iowa, and ways to keep my younger daughter in state. Than ...

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An opportunity to care for Iowa’s kids

Before the General Assembly comes to a close lawmakers need take notice of new school lunch policies in the southwest. Legislators in Texas and Califo ...

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How much can your city afford?

State lawmakers are putting your city between a rock and a hard place. Either way, you'll pay. Senate File 481, which targets so-called #x201c;sanctua ...

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Parallel messaging gave GOP Statehouse control

Have casual conversations with Iowans and a pattern emerges of the ways the national 2016 election narrative did and did not apply to the Statehouse. ...

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Some more ‘woman’ law suggestons

Since it appears Republicans in the Iowa Statehouse have run the gamut of nationally-promoted bills restricting the ability of women to be productive ...

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Disability isn’t so easy, even for the desperate

As much as I need to stop thinking about the Washington Post story on Social Security disability benefits reprinted in The Gazette on Sunday, I'm havi ...

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Atheist, humanist invocations planned at Iowa Statehouse

This month the Iowa Statehouse moves closer to its #x201c;people's house#x201d; nickname when first an atheist, and then a humanist, offer invocations ...

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Let facts guide child neglect, abuse policies

Seventy percent of the roughly 1,600 children who die in the U.S. each year from abuse or neglect are under the age of three. Those most likely to die ...

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Stalking law changes need to go further

Iowa Senate members took a significant step last week to improve Iowa's lackluster stalking definition, but more should be done to align the law with ...

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Iowa HIV plan could help rural areas

Comprehensive planning and data stockpiling by state officials is now a national case study on how to effectively meet the needs of rural residents wi ...

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‘AMP’ing up possibilities for success after lockup

Communities have a good reason to invest and engage in the jail transition process: The majority of those in our jails are residents of the local comm ...

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Should we pay for bad renters?

A proposed change to theft laws will further strap local governments, clog underfunded courts and may disproportionally impact low-income Iowans. The ...

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GOP lawmakers create Saturday conflict

Some Eastern Iowans hoping to hear from both of their state legislators this Saturday will need to figure out how to be in two places at once. For dec ...

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Former inmates ‘rise’ with program’s help

Maridee Duggar won't like that I started this column with her name. Yet there's no other logical way to launch a discussion about Linn County's RISE p ...

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