Tom Sluis

Bottle-deposit could open can of worms

When I lived in Michigan and the deposit law was passed, you could tell you’d hit the Ohio border simply by the roadside trash. In Michigan, each glass bottle and aluminum can was worth a dime, as...

DATE: July 15, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

Nothing’s fishy at the hatchery, inside dark freezers

Why does the refrigerator have a light but the freezer doesn’t? It’s hard to find the Popsicles at night during this hot, hot summer. – Tori EdisonThe conventional wisdom blames conventional light...

DATE: July 8, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

Grocery shoppers go to happy place with Ramones

While shopping in City Market, I stopped for a moment and listened to the canned music. I’ll be darned. They were playing “I Want To Be Sedated” by the Ramones. What does this mean when a seminal...

DATE: July 1, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

Birdbrain drivers fall prey to HAWK stoplight

How many rear-end collisions have been caused by the new red light at River City Hall on Camino del Rio? Every time I go by, traffic is backed up for blocks. Of course, this is in keeping with...

DATE: June 24, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

Drivers use circular logic in Florida roundabout

While driving into town on Florida Road, I’ve noticed something peculiar. More than a few eastbound drivers at the Chapman Hill roundabout will turn on their left turn blinker as they enter the...

DATE: June 10, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

32nd Street: a dastardly scheme or ribbon of safety?

I have been driving down 32nd Street quite a bit lately. So why is the speed limit so low (25 mph) for this wide, straight road with a large median? Certainly it should be at least 30 mph, like...

DATE: June 3, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

‘Howdy Pardner’ tickets are gone but not forgotten

I’m visiting from Texas, and I read in your paper a while back that out-of-state plates aren’t ticketed but given a ‘Howdy Pardner’ warning. Last week, I met a friend downtown at 5:30 p.m. and the...

DATE: May 27, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

Support for full-service stations running on empty

Why in the world isn’t there a full-service gas station in all of Durango? That would give jobs to some people and help out a lot of seniors. Hoping for some action. – J. in MarvelAction Line did...

DATE: May 20, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

Don’t let a foraging falcon ruffle your feathers

I have a bird feeder that I have kept reasonably full. Recently a falcon has taken up residence in the tree above the feeder. There’s evidence it has been successful – and there doesn’t seem to be...

DATE: May 13, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

Things are looking up with Durango Dictionary

In a recent column, you outlined aspects of “the Durango Lifestyle,” such as waving at every train. Just thought I’d suggest another local phrase: “clusterfrump,” which is when a group of locals...

DATE: May 6, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

Community garden will not grow ‘potted’ plants

I was thrilled to learn we may soon have a community garden, presumably open to all residents and plants of their choice. Does this mean we can all grow our pot in a convenient place with portable...

DATE: April 29, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

Seniors make sitzmark with season ski-pass fuss

Could you get the true meaning of the letter Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort sent to its mature customers? It starts with a personalized salutary “Dear Valued Passholder.” This was spot on...

DATE: April 22, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

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