Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

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

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

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