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.

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Let’s not forget the ladies

Thanks to Schoolhouse Rock, I can no longer read the preamble to the Constitution. I must sing it.

“W ... »

More than words at open mic night

It is not easy to battle inner demons, even when they block something important. What should make the process easier, however, is knowing that each ... »

Keeping the ‘Faith In Iowa’

Civil rights vanguards aren’t immediately appreciated and are rarely comfortable. Iowans know this from experiences dating to the early 1800 ... »

Deportee, son discuss separation on Father’s Day

The connection left a lot to be desired. But, actually, that was the point.

Pastor Max Villatoro and his son, Anthony, reunited in a public ... »

Of bullets, Bibles and bullies

Nothing I write can return Andrea Farrington to her family and friends. That truth rests like a chunk of lead in my stomach. It has been sitting th ... »

Even in death, straw poll hype continues

Candidates, please idle your wallets.

Members of the Republican State Central Committee voted Friday morning to officially end the Iowa Stra ... »

Time for some more ‘real talk’

Suicide rates for young black children have nearly doubled over the last two decades, even as rates for white children in the same age group have d ... »

Offer youth another perspective of success

Back roads have always been my friends, offering equal helpings of calm and clarity via a car window.

I turn on two-lane highways and gravel ... »

Larger issues hidden in Chauncey’s shadow

When a city or region grows, change is inevitable ­— and often painful.

Iowa City’s growing pains have most recently been ... »

The Duggar children will remember

Another day, another cringe-worthy scandal courtesy of reality television.

Based on ... »

Childhood in the rearview mirror

Back when blogs were still referred to as weblogs, I publicly detailed angst and dismay about all the things I swore would never happen on my paren ... »

Providing for the living honors the dead

Monday I will honor my brother, who gave his life in Vietnam while serving our nation.

I won’t stand at his gravesite and mourn, nor w ... »

Variety by choice, not mandate

Column readers, some in dismay, have been reaching out over the past few weeks while channeling Ronald Reagan.

“There you go again&#x ... »

Eminent domain bill deserves fair hearing

A  decade has passed since the U.S. Supreme Court decided private property could be legally seized by the government and handed to a differe ... »

Losing the wisdom of strangers

Since grade school, I’ve kept a notebook to document the pearls of humor and wisdom dispensed by strangers.

The first entry was court ... »

Villatoro closer to deportation

An Iowa City pastor swept up in a federal initiative to arrest and expel migrant criminals from the country has been relocated to a detention facil ... »

There’s still time to be brave

Sit down and have a conversation with Iowa City blogger Brook Easton and you won’t walk away with the impression that she is a person coping ... »

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. ... »