Exact change by Lynda Waddington

Jobs and housing go hand-in-hand

Two news items caught my eye last week - one a human interest piece, the other a business announcement. Yet at their heart, they pointed to the same n ...

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Learn how to put art to work

People want to live in communities that make them feel connected to one another, neighborhoods and towns that are diverse, vibrant and inviting. If Io ...

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Long road ahead for Iowa political equity advocates

The 2016 election will go down in Iowa history as a time when a record number of women sought office. It won't, however, be remembered as one where wo ...

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Still a lot of work to do

Throughout the community one question seems to dominate personal interaction: #x201c;How are you feeling?#x201d;I've been asked by people I see each d ...

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In Iowa column: ‘Circulator’ worth Marion investment

City Manager Lon Pluckhahn and Marion Economic Development Corporation President Nick Glew made the pitch to Cedar Rapids Transit: Expand public trans ...

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Let’s just leave ‘rape’ out of it

A not-so-funny thing happened in the wake of the latest politically-charged dust-up between Linn County Auditor Joel Miller and his former primary opp ...

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Break free from personality politics

When I made the first trips south to visit family and friends after moving to Iowa, diminishment of my homespun accent drew the most curiosity and con ...

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Good for Regents to explain

Pretty soon the Iowa Board of Regents will need to explain its actions.A Polk County lawsuit by University of Iowa alumnus and former staffer Gerhild ...

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Facts must drive council housing vote

With the threat of floodwaters rescinded, members of the Cedar Rapids City Council are poised to throw off the shackles of community goodwill. Unfortu ...

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Iowans owe debt to tribes fighting pipeline

When this election is complete, I hope to travel and stand alongside the Standing Rock Sioux. It's the least I can do for the 300 tribes who are inadv ...

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Can’t blame Trump for ‘Repeal 19th’

Given the trajectory of this campaign cycle it's easy to imagine Donald Trump pushing to disenfranchise half of America. But the #RepealThe19th hashta ...

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The high cost of staying alive

Although it pains me to admit it, the truth is that I'm part of the horde of Americans who are very poor health care consumers. My husband is a pump- ...

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Mike Pence did what he had to do

Do not blame Mike Pence. In this week's vice presidential debate Pence did the only thing he could. Wisconsin radio personality Charlie Sykes said it ...

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Aim higher for Iowa’s gun safety training

For the past five years, Iowa law has required citizens wanting a weapons permit to pay for a #x201c;safety#x201d; class that has no minimum standards ...

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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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