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I suspect my child has a disability, what can the AEA do to help?

February 4, 2015 Have you ever wondered if your child is behind in any area of their development or education? Is your toddler not yet speaking or walking? Is your school-age child not reading at their grade level?... more »»

Bad policy, bad politics

February 4, 2015 Word comes that Barack Obama’s budget will, not surprisingly, call for ending the sequester spending limits now in effect. That’s not surprising. more »»

Praise God and bash the gays

February 4, 2015 This past week, I read that “social conservatives” will attempt to reinvigorate their anti-gay campaign for the 2016 presidential race. Briefly, I succumbed to the old response of bracing myself. more »»

The work continues in Des Moines

February 4, 2015 Committee work on bills is in full swing. more »»

What teachers want for Christmas

February 3, 2015 I’ve never been a school teacher, but I’ve been a parent. I wish I’d known years ago what I know now about what gifts of thank teachers really want. more »»

Generating passive income

February 2, 2015 Dear Dave, I’ve been following your plan, and I’d like to find a way to make a little more money on the sid. more »»

With all due respect to the lizard people

February 1, 2015 Today is the day, ladies and gentlemen! Today is the day that we, as a nation, gather around our televisions, eat what can only be described as an irresponsible amount of dips and/or chips and watch... more »»

'Swimmin' with the fishes'

February 1, 2015 Several years ago before we were married, my wife and I dated and lived apart. more »»

Global turmoil roils commodities

January 31, 2015 Foreign currencies, crude oil and other markets felt shocks this week as momentous changes came in foreign lands, including Russia, Saudi Arabia and Greece. more »»

Random thoughts

January 31, 2015 Random thoughts on the passing scene: Who says President Obama doesn't promote bipartisanship? His complicity in Iran's moving toward nuclear bombs has alarmed some top Senate Democrats enough to ge... more »»

The Internet of everything

January 31, 2015 Federal Trade Commission head Edith Ramirez put the matter plainly: "If I'm wearing a fitness band that tracks how many calories I consume, I wouldn't want to share that data with an insurance... more »»

Not lovin’ it

January 31, 2015 McDonald’s is scrambling, and I’m not talking about eggs. more »»

Coping with pet blindness

January 30, 2015 Dear Readers: Our BELOVED PETS are like family. Like family, they age, but unfortunately dogs age more rapidly. Older dogs and cats face many of the same medical problems humans do. more »»

Bud Selig’s winning legacy

January 30, 2015 WASHINGTON — The business of baseball and the nation’s business used to be conducted in Washington with similar skill. more »»

A sorry Republican preview for 2016

January 30, 2015 WASHINGTON — As the likely coronation of Hillary Clinton as the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee quietly progresses without serious opposition, the Republicans seem to be working overtime... more »»

Regents’ funding proposal will increase tuition, student debt

January 30, 2015 Iowa taxpayers have much to be proud of for the smart investments we have made establishing one of the best higher education systems in the country. more »»

Work to keep intimacy alive marriage

January 29, 2015 Q: My fiance and I can't to wait begin our new lives together. I'll confess, though, that I'm afraid this excitement will wane into routine and familiarity -- particularly with our sex life. more »»

Abortion protesters don’t count?

January 29, 2015 Hundreds of thousands of protesters descend on Washington every January to “March for Life,” protesting the horror of more than a million abortions in America every year. more »»

Say it ain’t so

January 29, 2015 What should sports fans do when our heroes turn out to be frauds? Maybe you grew up watching Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire breaking home run records, as I did, only to find out that they (and just... more »»

Getting down to business in Des Moines

January 29, 2015 The formalities that mark the first week have given way to committee meetings. Bills are getting filed and assigned to committees and subcommittees. We’ve gotten down to business. more »»



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