Exact change by Lynda Waddington

First in a series: Weighing the benefit of a ‘Fresh Start’

Hundreds of people quietly working behind the scenes on behalf of Fresh Start Ministries can't be easily labeled. Then again, neither can those who se ...

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Lawmakers are wrong to rely on bubble

Raise your hand if you've been blocked on social media by an elected official. If my feed is any indication, quite a few Iowa hands just flew into the ...

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Last-minute public schedules benefit no one

Are we witnessing the final throes of the #x201c;full Grassley#x201d; era? Some readers may remember the Congressional recess in the summer of 2009. A ...

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GOP bills give ‘Big Gov’ a hug

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice John Forrest Dillon is looking down - perhaps from atop the pillar of his namesake fountain in Davenport - reading pr ...

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In turbulent times, Des Moines’ Roosevelt gets it right again

Fairness isn't owned by any political party, which sometimes trips up adults who aim to keep their political footing firmly on the side of justice. Th ...

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Extreme measures rarely last

In politics, there's at least one thing you can always count on: Power exists on a pendulum. Public sentiment is always shifting. For years this incon ...

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Vaccine bill risks health for freedom

A bill working its way through the Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature casts public safety concerns aside, and relies on #x201c;freedom#x201d; as j ...

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Little, if any, local impact from Trump immigration orders

Immigration reforms as outlined in two of President Donald Trump's executive orders don't change much for American cities and counties - yet. I took a ...

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Video: Conversations from the Iowa Women’s March

DES MOINES - Thousands of Iowans gathered at the State Capitol last weekend as part of the Women's March, a movement that began as post on social medi ...

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Is it OK to coddle, or not?

Few things are as frustrating as legislative hypocrisy. Remember a few months ago, just after the presidential election, when Iowa Rep. Bobby Kaufmann ...

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Cedar Rapids women discuss why they’ll march

Calling these three Cedar Rapids women who will be part of the Women's March on Washington #x201c;precious snowflakes#x201d; is a waste of time. The # ...

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Just about abortion? Not hardly

Has contraception use or pictures of babies on social media contributed more to Iowa's declining abortion rate? Jennifer Bowen, executive director of ...

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‘Sanctuary’ label or not, Iowa City right to listen to its own

Members of the Iowa City Council deserve praise for weathering a barrage of politically-motivated ugly comments and threats from people in surrounding ...

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State funding too tight for unnecessary Voter ID

Secretary of State Paul Pate says a slate of expensive proposals will clinch the future integrity of Iowa elections. Now he needs to prove it. As tel ...

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Offerings to the New Year pyre, 2016

Next week, six months, a year or five years from now, will it matter? When I took my first journalism job and had difficulty deciding what to write ab ...

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