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.





People, struggles get lost in transgender hype

Like many readers, I observed Caitlyn Jenner’s coming out party from afar. Unlike many of you, it wasn’t the first time I or those cl ... »

Pardon me for not rejoicing

Another day, another spitting match between Gov. Terry Branstad and a public employee union.

The latest lawsuit was launched by AFSCME in res ... »

The big issue with the other Branstad veto

Perhaps Gov. Terry Branstad doesn’t have a clear understanding of what benefit cliffs are or how they hamper economic advancement.

Ami ... »

Johnson County Community ID begins next week

Rollout of the long anticipated Johnson County Community ID begins Friday, another Midwestern first courtesy of the People’s Republic.


No room for hate in our state

This may be what happens when history is hidden or allowed to fall into the trap of selective memory.

Cedar Rapids police believe ... »

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 ... »

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 ... »