Tom Sluis

Durango’s tree huggers now smell-turriffic

Dear Action Line: What is the bright yellow flame burning from the metal chimney at the city’s water reclamation facility? Is it methane from, well, you know? There was no hint of the old smel-turd...

DATE: June 29, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

How would James Madison handle an epidemic of selfish jerkiness?

Dear Action Line: What gives regarding the disregard some folks feel about wearing masks to reduce COVID-19 transmission in their communities? Is it really a fear of losing some constitutionally...

DATE: June 22, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

County’s Shrek grass weathers COVID-19

Dear Action Line: The grass in the parks and baseball fields throughout the city, and at the fairgrounds, look like they may have been hit hard by COVID-19. Just curious as to if the sprinklers...

DATE: June 15, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Have your COVID-19 cake and eat it, too

Dear Action Line: If we have a birthday party at work and the birthday boy blows out the candles, can we still eat the cake even though it may have been doused with COVID-19? – Hungry but concerned...

DATE: June 8, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

When dealing with miller moths, go batty

Dear Action Line: How can we eradicate those fuzzy gray moths that are everywhere these days? We are infested with them. – Swarmed Dear Swarmed: Those are most likely the miller moths, according to...

DATE: June 1, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Filling the dog days of COVID-19

Dear Action Line: What am I supposed to do with all this unemployment money I’m getting but cannot spend because all the businesses are closed? – Cash hoarder Dear Hoarder: Do what Little Action...

DATE: May 25, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Don’t scratch that grass itch at Santa Rita Park just yet

Dear Action Line: Can I run on the new grass at Santa Rita Park? How about now? Now can I run on that grass? How about now? Can I? Can I? Can I? – Itching To Go Dear Itching: The new grass is an...

DATE: May 18, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Extend olive branch to trim tree

Dear Action Line: My neighbor’s tree has branches that extend into my yard. Can I cut them? – Branching out. Dear Branching: Action Line does not condone violence of any kind. Dear Action Line:...

DATE: May 11, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Action Line returns, none the wiser

So, you’re back? Yep: 16 years was a sufficient sabbatical from writing Action Line. Well, what in the holy heck were you doing? The usual. Playing musical chairs with jobs. Paying bills. Worrying...

DATE: May 4, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Having the last word requires a dictionary and 3 z’s

It’s been a thrill and honor to write Action Line for the past 16 years. But all good things must come to an end. This is my final Action Line column. There. Those Seven Words were penned a couple...

DATE: April 20, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Action Line pulls column, apologizes to readers

Editor’s note: The Durango Herald has removed Saturday’s Action Line column from its website and regrets that it was published. It targeted New Mexico visitors and offended many of our readers in...

DATE: April 14, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Horoscope’s advice comes from another planet

I’m worried about my horoscope and whether it’s offering the best advice. In the Herald’s Friday (March 27) edition, Scorpios are told: “Grab every chance to party and have fun today. Enjoy sports...

DATE: April 6, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

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