Spending to increase

July 30, 2004 LITTLE ROCK - This year Medicaid spending nationwide is expected to grow by 13.4 percent, a faster rate of growth than in any other spending category in state government.

Talent plus TV, works

July 29, 2004 OK, I'll be the first to admit that the music industry is a mystery to me. Maybe that's why my musician son calls me his "mis-manager" instead of his manager.

Everybody needs a hero

July 28, 2004 Everybody needs a hero, and to my four-year-old grandson, Zach, I'm a her-o. Well, that's what he told me last week when I told him he was a hero for rescuing a cat.

Cook one’s goose

July 27, 2004 I don't want to interfere with anyone's hunting around here, nor do I want to offend animal-rights groups, but I wanted to add my two cents on the recent slaughter of geese in St. Louis.

Water leak woes

July 26, 2004 Home ownership comes with many woes, Like a mortgage, taxes and termites. Sometimes the uncertainty runs down to my toes And keeps me awake into the darkness of the night.

Mid-year review

July 23, 2004 How about a mid-year review of the good, the bad and the ugly in our little metropolis in the hills - all with the intent of encouraging more of the good and improving the rest.

Who’s training who?

July 23, 2004 She doesn't know it yet, but I've got her housebroken exactly the way I want. Well, most of the time.