Exact change by Lynda Waddington

White House Housing Toolkit a good start

Have outdated and onerous zoning ordinances and environmental protections stifled housing development and local economies? A new federal report says t ...

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Trading expectations for reality in Linn supervisor race

Seems like everyone is excited about the number of women up and down the ballot. But there is one hotly contested Linn County office where no female n ...

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Iowa families need more than platitudes, campaign rhetoric

Some Iowa lawmakers and elected officials gathered on the steps of the Capital this week to be disingenuous. It's difficult to find good news in this ...

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Bring kids together on Friday night

By my estimation, high school football games are the greatest student solidarity builders since elementary school. It's one of the reasons I love them ...

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Champions needed to address homelessness

DES MOINES - From tiny homes to renovated hotel properties, people across Iowa and the nation are coming together in new ways to tackle the issue of h ...

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Make Cedar Rapids zoning inclusive

DES MOINES - The City of Cedar Rapids is in the process of updating its zoning code and, after attending the 2016 HousingIowa Conference this week, I' ...

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In Iowa: ‘Precedent’ no reason to not seek answers

Trying to name the political elephant that won't budge from the corner and keeps mucking up the floor? His name is Precedent, and he appears to be her ...

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2016 election: Where the girls aren’t

You have heard that Iowa has a bumper crop of female candidates on the 2016 ballot? It's true. But whether or not you have the opportunity to color in ...

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Appreciating the triangulation of Pokemon Go

A mighty battle took place in uptown Marion a few nights ago. A local father and his two young sons stood at the edge of City Square Park, iPhones in ...

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More cheesy government bailouts

Hoping to bolster dairy farmers once again facing steep price declines, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it will spend $20 million to purc ...

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#RuralPride comes to Iowa

DES MOINES - Chances are, if you are asked to describe an average LGBT American, certain attributes will come to mind. The stereotype is that members ...

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Innovate funding for better refugee, immigrant integration

One of the biggest hurdles facing immigrants and refugees is integration into existing communities. And while there are innovative ideas about how to ...

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‘Fab Five’ shows Corridor’s 2016 battleground status

Iowa Democrats have their eyes on the Corridor, and are betting on the rise of the #x201c;Fab Five.#x201d;With a majority of races up and down the bal ...

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Viola Gibson’s legacy lives through us

Visiting Oak Hill Cemetery was necessary this week so that my daughter and I could pay respects to one of the newest inductees into the Iowa Women's H ...

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In Iowa: Let’s celebrate equality in Linn County

Less than 100 years ago, those who fought for women's equality were derided as inferior, lazy, oversexed, masculine, childlike and unworthy of conside ...

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