Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Roads could be fixed with tax on trikes, skateboards

What does the upcoming sales-tax hike really mean? It’s supposed to be for road repairs. Voters rightly didn’t trust the City Council in the last election, so should we ever? Are we voting for more...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Light at Elmore’s Corner has a dark backstory

The traffic light at Elmore’s Corner (I call it “El No-mores”) has got to go. Drive east on “the 160” and all the lights seem to be timed. Through Bodo – green. WallyWorld – zip-a-dee-doo. Home...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

All are welcome, sort of, in many public places

There are “No Trespassing” signs around the Mason Center, including on the path I use every day. Isn’t this public property? Then there are “No Trespassing” signs around the School District 9-R...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Action Line: Options for Snowdown provide comic relief

I didn’t get Snowdown Follies tickets. And I don’t want to dress up in tights and a cape for the comic-con theme. What am I supposed to do this week? – Putting the “down” in Snowdown Action Line...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Code office is a ‘fine’ way to report city to itself

On the heels of the column reminding residents and business owners to remove snow from their sidewalks, who fines the city when the city neglects to do the same with city properties? – Sandy It’s...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

A brush with greatness? Not for snow-top drivers

With all the recent winter weather, we see many a car driving along with snow piled on the roof. What’s the purpose of this? Is it to show that it snowed? Or do these drivers have no garage and...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

In a turn for the worse, cars drive on train tracks

I heard through the grapevine that a car got stuck driving up the railroad tracks downtown. Could you try to (ahem) “track” down this rumor. If true, do we need to erect Do Not Enter signs at every...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2019 | COLUMN: Action Line

Shovel your hovel? Some folks flake out after storm

I know this is a yearly request, but last week’s storm demonstrated Durango’s utter cluelessness when it comes to snow, inability to drive notwithstanding. Could you please once again inform the...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

Yuletide doggerel unleashed as poetic license expires

‘Twas the day before Christmas and all through our towns, Events of the past year brought smiles and frowns. Traditions aplenty for this time of year; So here is your poem with holiday jeer. The...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

Free downtown parking, for a limited time only

Could you clarify the city’s loading-zone policy? A meter reader told me that the city changed its policy a year ago. The “Commercial Loading” signs no longer apply, but will be left there. The...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

Predicting foul weather can be a chancy job

As the one who answers pesky practical questions, please tell us what the “chance of precipitation” means. Thursday evening’s forecast was for 40 percent snow. Does that mean it will snow 40...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

By posting, USPS put its stamp on social media

I noticed these signs at the local Post Office. I can’t help but wonder why anyone would follow the U.S. Post Office on social media. Facebook? Instagram? What’s next, following the IRS on Twitter?...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

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