Mike Smedley
Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Pooch owner pooh-poohs property protocol

There’s a person who walks her dog by my home every morning and evening and religiously lets her dog poop in my yard. She always picks it up, but then walks further onto my property and deposits...

DATE: April 24, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Horoscopes aren’t helping with your hazy fortunes

A weighty concern struck me this morning as my husband and I sat down to do our morning astrological reading. With the newspaper coming out every other day now, which dates do the horoscope apply?...

DATE: April 17, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Finding a handyman shouldn’t be a hands-off task

I’m an older resident of La Plata County, and on occasion, I need a handyman. Right now, the inside of my toilet needs to be replaced. Looking at the classified ads, I noticed that one handyman has...

DATE: April 10, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

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Action Line Pueblo plates get a chile reception from New Mexico

What’s your take on the looming Chile War between Colorado and New Mexico? It all stems (pardon the pun) from a bill in the Colorado Legislature to put “Pueblo Chiles” on a custom license plate. –...

DATE: April 3, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

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When is it time to replace the city’s asphalt?

With all this talk of repeal and replace, at what point does the city decide to replace asphalt rather than repair with streaks of tar in the pattern of an Afghan? See my attached photo of the...

DATE: March 26, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

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The fluoridation debate: Water worriers go with the flow on chlorine

The people wanting Durango to get rid of fluoride seem deeply concerned about chemicals added to our drinking water. If they are so worried, why don’t they eliminate chlorine, which is also a toxic...

DATE: March 19, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Thrift store workers curb diving by talking trash

What are the laws, if any, about dumpster diving within the city limits? As they say, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” A certain thrift store on East Second Avenue throws away some...

DATE: March 12, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

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Animas City puts its stamp on rural-style mail

East Third Avenue between 29th and 32nd streets is a popular place to access the Animas River Trail, the park and the river. Parking is in high demand especially for rafters, kayakers and tubers....

DATE: March 5, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

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Carcass becomes lively topic thanks to endearing typo

Please investigate possible illegal voter suppression at Miller Middle School. Earlier this month, The Durango Herald reported that wildlife officials removed a “deer caucus” from the school...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

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Weekly trip to the grocery store can be quite taxing

I’m wondering about taxes we have to pay at the grocery store. I’m attaching my Walmart receipt. I know that the city tax is 3 percent, the county is 2 percent and the state is 2.9 percent for a...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

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Utah’s ‘Mount Trump’ could make Bears Ears great again

While backpacking this autumn in Grand Gulch, Utah, we came across the beginning of a Mount Rushmore-type of monument. It’s 40-foot by 50-foot and closely resembles our 45th president. Could our...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

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There is a reason for the no-smiling rule on driver’s licenses

While getting my driver’s license renewed, the technician said, “no smiling!” when it came time to take the photo. He clarified this to say that I wasn’t allowed to show any teeth in the picture....

DATE: Feb. 5, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line