Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

The rain in vain stays mainly in the lanes

Sitting here watching the weather, I was confounded to contemplate rain in Durango in January. Then, lo and behold, I witness something even more confounding – a city snowplow drives by, sparks...

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

Like everything else, inbox needs yearly deep cleaning

It’s a full week after New Year’s Day, so naturally, many of us, including Mrs. Action Line, get the urge to “clean things up around this place.” Sock drawers are organized and dust bunnies get...

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

Should the Bridge to Nowhere get a new name?

Now that the Bridge to Nowhere actually goes somewhere, what do we call it? – Rob Kolter Whenever a bridge is constructed, the strangest thing happens to elected officials. They get all giddy about...

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

Snow brings out flakiness in some fitness buffs

Now that snow is here, could you explain a perpetual Durango paradox? We live in arguably the fittest town in the fittest state in the nation. How is it that our citizens will brave the cold to...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Annual doggerel offers up a new leash on life

‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through our towns / The events of the past year brought smiles and frowns. / So readers, indulge this most heinous of verses, / You cannot be faulted for...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

When it comes to parking tickets, park users get to skate

If there is no parking allowed at the Durango Skate Park, why are cars usually parked there? – Joe Green “Durango doesn’t have a parking problem – Durango has a walking problem.” Action Line forgot...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Disappearing lights may alienate some motorists

In October, you answered my question about the blinking warnings lights at the U.S. Highway 550 and Trimble Lane intersection. The lights used to start flashing just before the stoplight changed....

DATE: Dec. 4, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Use of personal cones not legal to curb public parking

The other day, I went to a nondowntown business and saw that someone across the street had put out orange cones in front of his or her house saying “no parking.” I would love to be able to limit...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Shipping containers won’t be converted to ADU village at Durango’s Walmart

I was driving past Walmart and I noticed a bunch of shipping containers in the front parking lot. Is Walmart starting a “tiny house” development on site? The store already allows camping there. Why...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Pot tax revenue about 1.51% of all tax revenue collected by state

This question has me losing precious sleep. So voters were asked to approve more taxes for schools, roads, airport and health care. I’ve done minimal research, and I see that in 2015, some $996...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

On U.S. Highway 550/160, two mile markers miss by a mile

I go past mileposts 87 and 88 frequently while driving or riding my bike on U.S. Highway 550/160 near Home Depot. One day it occurred to me that they were not a mile apart. In repeated...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

Deck the halls with pumpkins, boughs of holly

I know you’ve answered this question before, but it’s worth asking again. Last week, Home Depot put up a small forest of artificial Christmas trees and decorations across from the barbecue grills....

DATE: Oct. 30, 2016 | COLUMN: Action Line

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