Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Crumbling cob bench doesn’t sit well with some

Have you seen the “cob bench” in Buckley Park lately? It doesn’t look like it even lasted as many days as it took to construct. I wouldn’t recommend sitting on it. Hope the guy who built it has his...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

Drivers can enjoy ‘Street Rapids’ for while longer

When will the city install appropriate road signage for 32nd Street from the north Main Avenue intersection, past City Market and down to East Third Avenue? I was thinking something such as “Road...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

On yellow arrow, one good turn deserves another

The new flashing yellow-arrow traffic lights have made it very difficult to turn left during peak traffic hours. It feels at odds with what residents used to and still wish to do: make a left turn...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

Easter Bunny muscles way into Santa’s territory

While picking up Christmas dinner groceries at south City Market, I saw something strange. In the aisle of the self-checkout lane, there was a display for Easter candy on sale. Isn’t this a tad bit...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

Wag more, bark less with this Yuletide doggerel

’Twas the week before Christmas and all through our townsEvents of the past year brought smiles and frowns;So here we are, readers – it’s time that we show ’emThe annual doggerel, the Action Line...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

Blame the Nazis for ‘Jingle Bells’ sung by dogs

Who really wants to hear Christmas music for a month (or more)? Has anybody done a study about the percentage of people who can’t live without hearing those long-dead crooners vs. those who think...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

Wacky Boulevard block stumps local brain trust

While walking on historic East Third Avenue the other day, I noticed something odd. On the east side, between Eighth and Ninth streets, the road is wider than the rest of East Third. It’s only on...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

Yellow turn arrows, tailpipe scrubbers cause angst

It seems a lot of people don’t understand what to do with the new yellow (blinking) left-turn arrows installed at many intersections. Can you impart some wisdom about this new technological wonder?...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

Peace, quiet hard to find in some parts of county

Email doesn’t take a vacation. That fact became evident after taking last week off at an undisclosed location with Mrs. Action Line.The Mea Culpa Mailbag was bursting at the seams. Egads! Sort of...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

Fewer kids, more daylight pose bewitching problem

As the definitive source on protocol, please clarify when we should take kids trick-or-treating next year, and also the time to have our candy bowls ready. A few years back when Daylight Saving...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

Action Line Concerns about local water quality are all wet

There has been much attention given to Silverton mines’ heavy-metal contamination of the Animas River with cadmium, manganese, copper, lead and zinc. As some of our city’s drinking water comes from...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

It’s hard to find the sweet spot for Halloween candy

With Halloween coming up next Monday and being new to town, we’re wondering what to do. We get conflicting views, with some saying Halloween is not a big deal while others go all out with yard...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

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