Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Speed limits based on democratic concepts

This really ticks me off. U.S. Highway 550 on Florida Mesa, from Farmington Hill southward, is 65 mph – yet the road has no shoulder to speak of, lots of driveway access points and curves....

DATE: Oct. 16, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

‘Lost’ ad about missing grizzly? Just grin and bear it

A strange notice about a missing grizzly bear appeared last week in the “Lost” section of the classified ads. After reading it, I wondered: Should I upgrade my teeny little canister of bear spray...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

Durangoans’ urge to pre-merge just makes traffic worse

During some roadwork on Camino del Rio recently, traffic was diverted into one lane. I became fascinated watching an older couple in a pickup prevent another vehicle from merging into the...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

A ‘way’ to honor distinguished downtown visitor

Why did the city install a new street sign, “Mamet’s Way,” at Seventh Street and Main Avenue at the Diamond Belle saloon? – Ron LeBlanc, city managerNo, this isn’t the city manager asking Action...

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

Cyclist and walker census isn’t a cloak and dagger affair

Last week, I saw a couple of people loitering around “Malfunction Junction,” where Florida Road turns into East Third Avenue. They were just sitting and watching the intersection and jotting a few...

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

‘Honeydew’ not so sweet for river trail’s trees

Do you know what’s causing the glisteny, sticky stuff coating a lot of leaves on trees along the Animas River Trail earlier this summer? It can’t be good. – Susan OleskevichYou’re right. It’s not...

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

Action Line City ruffles feathers with HAWK flier, glass recycling

In my city utilities statement, there’s a flier about HAWK, a new kind of traffic signal. The flier says HAWKs are at Camino del Rio and 12th Street and at Colorado and Florida Avenues. Huh? Did...

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

Cool down with produce section and river rage

Why do grocery stores insist on continually drenching produce? I’ve read that it’s a marketing tactic to ensure that the produce looks fresh. However, I keep getting soaked. If this is really...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

Odd speed limits on Florida cater to ‘Rush Minute’

Don’t get me wrong. I love the new Florida Road. But how come the lane going out of town is 30 miles per hour while the lane coming in is 35 mph? It’s the same road. This seems weird but not a big...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

Readers fret about potent catnip, puny chicken wings

Now that our leaders have tackled the problem of nefarious medical marijuana outlets, shouldn’t they turn their attentions here? This sign (see photo) appeared outside a legitimate pet store in...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

Clerk feeling marooned by zombie shoppers

Why is it that normally bright people drop several dozen IQ points when they drive into the grocery store parking lot? All of a sudden, they’re unable to park between two lines or comprehend that a...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

Stray vehicles have become unwelcoming sight

Along Colorado Highway 3, just past Sonic, an RC Cola delivery truck and a Shamrock Foods semi-trailer are using the west side of the road for long-term parking and storage. Then there’s a...

DATE: July 31, 2011 | COLUMN: Action Line

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