Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Flying with yogurt cup? Airport security is lactose intolerant

I was going through airport security and had two new containers of yummy yogurt confiscated. The TSA agents declined, however, to confiscate an even larger container of tomatoes in salad dressing....

DATE: Oct. 15, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Grads itching to leave Durango may be making rash decision

My daughter has been invited to apply for a full-ride scholarship to any in-state college, but she says she would rather be homeless and $300,000 in debt than go to college in Colorado. Do all...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Bikes could stop vicious cycle of bear-trash dependency

I’m glad the city now has a $100 fine for first-time offenders who let bears get into their trash. However, the garbage cans behind the Durango Community Recreation Center have been knocked over...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Everyone loves recycling, right? Taint necessarily so

I share trash and recycling with my neighbor, a prominent business person in our community. When I go to add my recycling, I find things like toothpaste tubes, plastic bags and candy bar wrappers...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Santa Rita pit offers ironic scene for lookie-loos

There’s something odd at the construction site at the new Santa Rita Park sewer plant. At the base of the excavated hole was a lone porta-potty. Is this all we get for our money? Can one...

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

Protection or rudeness? It straddles a fine line

How do I go about getting a parking permit like this guy has? I assume it conveys other special privileges that us ordinary folks aren’t entitled to? – Mark D’Lanes You’d expect this kind of...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

At least school kids aren’t in the dark about eclipse

I’m a parent of a 9-R student and I keep rolling my eyes about the absurd permission form I had to sign for the solar eclipse. The district required parents to waive all liability if a kid looks at...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Sign makes perfect sense in a town that doesn’t

My son wants to ride his bike to Animas High School. So he showed me a photo of the sign directing northbound bicycle traffic how to turn west to go on U.S. Highway 160. I don’t get it. How can...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

County would scrap any initiative to limit junk

While driving around La Plata County, I wonder why the county commissions can’t enact laws that force people to clean up their abandon cars, scrap mobile homes and other junk. If you want to live...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Time stands still at the La Plata County Courthouse

For years the clock at the La Plata County Courthouse has shown the time and chimed at the top of the hour. However, the past few weeks it has been silent and the hands unmoving. Why? Will it ever...

DATE: July 31, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Traversing north Main makes pedestrians quite cross

I was waiting to cross at the 19th Street and Main Avenue crosswalk. One driver stopped. I waved him on because there was too much traffic. Instead, he said, “Step out – make those other cars...

DATE: July 23, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Neighbors bring drivers up to speed with signs

What’s up with the red yard signs along North College Drive? They say, “Drive Like Your Kids Live Here.” Maybe they could have other signs, such as “Drive Like a Person from Sun City, Arizona.”...

DATE: July 16, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

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