Exact change by Lynda Waddington

Democrats still are grappling

CLEAR LAKE - Each year the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding lives up to its unusual and playful name by being slightly unorthodox. Last year, for instance, a ...

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DHS director sends mixed messages on juvenile justice

Amid allegations of mistreatment at the Boys State Training School in Eldora, Iowa Department of Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven says there's n ...

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Postcards offer love, bolster unity

Hate crimes are on the rise in America, and religion-based violence leads the pack. As a May Senate Judiciary Committee hearing led by Sen. Chuck Gras ...

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Women’s equality, a work in progress

Women across the nation will come together this month. They'll recognize each other, applaud successes and resolve - as so many demonstration signs ha ...

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National monuments under fire

Maybe, if the review of national monuments ordered by President Donald Trump directly targeted Effigy Mounds or the Herbert Hoover Historic Site, Iowa ...

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Statewide conversation on affordable, supportive housing begins

DUBUQUE - Every county in Iowa lacks a sufficient number of affordable housing units, which, in turn, contributes to the prevalence of homelessness mo ...

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Temper home-school response

The latest Iowa Poll shows state residents are reacting to recent deaths and abuses within the foster care system with more scrutiny of state home-sch ...

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How far has culture of sexism at Statehouse spread?

Been thinking there must be some deeply rooted cultural phenomenon that led Iowa lawmakers to propose - and, unfortunately, pass - bills that negative ...

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Health care failure is bipartisan

#x201c;Think of it as a starter house,#x201d; former U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin said in 2010 of the newly minted (and already dented) Affordable Care Act. H ...

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Does Cedar Rapids need to address panhandling?

With an eye toward the city of Cedar Rapids' latest ordinance intended to curtail roadside panhandling, I took to social media and the streets Thursda ...

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Bucking against serenity

My Mom displayed a copy of the Serenity Prayer prominently in our home. A Reader's Digest Condensed Book turned religious knickknack, the volume had b ...

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Act now for net neutrality

Following the major win for net neutrality in 2015, many may have thought it was a moot issue. It isn't, and we all need to act this week to protect a ...

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Ferret out root causes of opioid epidemic

Locals gathered at diners and other venues, I thought, would be abuzz with news of a man who crashed into a parked semi-trailer only moments after inj ...

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Get more creative in protesting

If those opposing a certain political candidate or personality didn't line up on sidewalks shaking signs and screaming chants, how could they still be ...

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Godfrey court decision good for Iowans

Iowa Supreme Court Justices narrowly decided last week that citizens can sue government officials who violate their rights. The 68-page decision, whic ...

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