Exact change by Lynda Waddington

Hopeful past presidents speak out

President George W. Bush set down his paintbrushes this week to issue a very public assessment of U.S. politics. Let's hope everyone was listening. #x ...

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Fort Madison prison advocates pray for public reprieve

Driving by the original Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison, I always wondered if the offenders housed within were tormented by happy sounds emana ...

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21 years of opening minds and doors

When my middle daughter, now a high school senior, began to talk about pursuing a degree in biology or chemistry, I was initially surprised. I shouldn ...

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Food is critical part of academic achievement

Researchers have long highlighted links between academic achievement and food, noting that hunger eventually manifests as cognitive issues. Newer stud ...

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Should we oust sexual harassers?

Should Iowa voters have to wait until the next election to oust officials engaging in sexual harassment? The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a c ...

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Transparency’s best hope: Regents lawsuit

Iowans are one step closer to learning how far former Board of Regent President Bruce Rastetter diverged from the University of Iowa president search ...

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Bad teen behavior is a mirror reflecting

Can you believe it? This and similar sentiments arrive by inbox and social media feed each time teens are caught behaving badly. And, for the record, ...

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Concerts remember victims of gun violence

A national coalition of gun violence prevention artists, activists and organizations are coming together for a second annual Concert Across America. I ...

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When local government goes viral

Johnson County officials address zoning requests throughout the year, without much fanfare. Thursday night was different. Grant Schultz, who works a 1 ...

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Suggestions go beyond Appalachia

Economic recommendations for Appalachia unveiled by a nonprofit and four U.S. senators this week could benefit the whole of rural America, if they gar ...

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Lessons from the dinner line

Sometimes we make things more difficult than they need to be. I was standing in line at a restaurant this week. In front of me was a man in an automat ...

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American culture, not Congress, is changing

New cultural research shows bumpy paths forward for both dominant political parties and better explains why economics wasn't the sole booster of Donal ...

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Trump’s top chemical hits keep coming

Between devastating hurricanes, ongoing Russia investigations and White House staffing musical chairs, it's been difficult to track policy decisions b ...

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Polk Democrats’ expletive-worthy choice

Democrats will take the stage Sept. 30 when Polk County revives the state's long-standing steak fry tradition, but one female candidate has been asked ...

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How place-making can help fight opioid addiction

Six people in Council Bluffs were taken, unresponsive, to the hospital this month, apparent victims of painkillers so powerful that first-responders h ...

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