Exact change by Lynda Waddington

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. Locati ...

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Keep it honest, take it personally

Dubuque letter writer Barbara Rank struck a chord, according to a Washington Post headline. I have another assessment: Rank took it personally. Rank a ...

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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 be high ...

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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 jur ...

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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 pa ...

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Rod Blum’s town hall vetting stinks

If you happen to have a spare cup of courage lying around, please pass it to U.S. Rep. Rod Blum. Blum has agreed to four in-person meetings at public ...

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Rural health programs face September deadline

No doubt you've heard about the Women's March and the March for Science. Let me tell you why more than 1,000 doctors marched on Washington earlier thi ...

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Index: Iowa needs better crisis plans

The new National Health Security Preparedness Index is out, and Iowans continue to lag behind in plans for the state's most vulnerable. Across most of ...

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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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