Lynda Waddington
At The Gazette I serve as a columnist, blogger, community engagement co-leader and member of the editorial board. I've been both an insider and observer of Iowa politics and, shockingly enough, I still enjoy it. While I write on a variety of topics, I enjoy telling the stories of everyday people most of all. My house is home to two cats, two dogs, two children, a few hundred dust bunnies, at least a couple of MIA hamsters and, of course, my spouse. Our oldest daughter was released into the wild a few years ago, and should phone her mother more often.





What might be lost in Iowa City cottage dispute

This past week has been filled with listening and searching, both producing little satisfaction.

On Tuesday night about 80 people gathered a ... »

Let’s drop the SOTU responses

Let’s be honest: the state of the union response is not strong, nor is it necessary.

This is not a slam against newly minted U.S. Sen. ... »

Let Mason departure herald new age of messy

The People’s Republic of Johnson County is a messy place, often overrun with public meetings and task force investigations. Everyone, it see ... »

Confessions of an Iowa gun snob

Have you ever written or said something from a centrist position only to have those on either side of the issue overreact, confirming your centrist ... »

And thus begins the real work

While some would argue most political campaigns ended last November, I’m not among them.

National campaigns officially ended this week ... »

Why your gun makes me nervous

There's a mantra quickly repeating in my head: “Please have a badge. Please have a badge. Please have a badge.” It's a steady heartbeat ... »

Sweet land of subsidies

The latest population numbers are out and, once again, it isn’t good news for Iowa.

Overall the Hawkeye State is growing, but slower t ... »

May 2015 be a very gray year

There may be only one thing, packaged in a million variations, that can get our society back on track.

We’ve got to forcibly remove o ... »

Another bunkhouse of horrors

It is hard to forget the Atalissa Boys, especially when the ugliness repeats.

Four men with intellectual disabilities were recently removed ... »

Let Santa bring the small stuff

What are your favorite childhood memories of Christmas?

I remember getting up early and pouncing on my stocking, which was always filled wit ... »

Sally Mason refills DI’s dance card

Don’t forget to enjoy the dance.

That’s the advice my first newspaper editor offered nearly every time I left to do an intervie ... »

Bringing the University of Iowa out of its fog

Last Friday morning, as I turned the corner of Clinton and Washington streets en route to a breakfast meeting, a figure on the Pentacrest caught my ... »

Coffee (and more) with cops

It may have hit a nerve.

My ... »

There is no solitary path to economic diversity

With or without the blessing of federal assistance programs, the existing strategy for economic diversity in the Iowa City Community School Distric ... »

Protests are evidence of exclusion

One of the best things about working in the media is the access it provides to all facets of the community. When combined with innate curiosity and ... »

Let’s drop the SOTU responses

Let’s be honest: the state of the union response is not strong, nor is it necessary.

This is not a slam against newly minted U.S. Sen. ... »

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