John Peel

Position: Action Line Columnist


Annual doggerel gives ‘paws’ for local reflection

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

DATE: Dec. 22, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

Rough-edged Buckley Park tree soars with spirit

What’s the deal with the Christmas tree in Buckley Park? This year, it has random strings of lights hanging down like spaghetti thrown on the wall. I don’t mean to be a Grinch, but this year’s tree...

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

Roundabout does good turn daily with accident rates

One can argue the artistic merit of the roundabout bicycle sculpture, but there’s no doubt it’s a traffic hazard. Whether approaching head on or from behind, it’s a blurry clump of scrap metal. Not...

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

Take it lightly when others weigh in on heavy issues

I am consistently amused when folks from different communities, and even different states, feel the need to chime in and write a letter to the editor to share their opinion as to how we should feel...

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

End of world trumps plastic bags as local concern

Some of our city councilors are determined to “save the planet” by banning plastic bags. Are there examples of planets actually being saved by this ban? Are these bags the reason Mars ended up like...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

In ditching bike race, city explores a middle-of-road event

Now that the city passed on the 2013 USA Pro Challenge bicycle race, are there any spectacular initiatives to plug the gaping hole in Durango’s summer special-events calendar? What will attract...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

City will give no quarter to plugging parking meters

I’ve lived here for the last 19 years and what removes a smile from my face is a parking ticket. I know the city needs more money. But is the city going to get it from the parking meters? What if...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

It’s winner-take-all in city election, not best-of playoff

If the franchise fee passes, will we have a vote-off? The score will be 1-to-1. Will the winner of 2-out-of-3 elections be considered the will of the people or will it go to 3-out-of-5 if the fee...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

County clerk has strategy to reduce robocalls

How is it that being on the “Do Not Call” list does not protect me from the constant barrage of political phone calls? Wasn’t the list the government’s idea? Are political phone calls any less...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

Mail-in ballot, Christmas creep provide object lesson

I just received my mail-in ballot. I didn’t know there were 16 candidates for president, four of them from Socialist parties – I guess five if you count the Democrats. Anyway, the choice that...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

Limit on running vehicles nothing but idle gossip

Basalt has a “two-minute idling” ordinance in its downtown. I just called the police there, and the lady who answered believes it is a $19 fine. So is this something Durango should consider doing?...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

Durango’s public art invites inspection

I couldn’t help but notice the sculptures of the cyclists in the roundabout on Florida Road. Based on Letters to the Editor, is it a good idea to have an example of cyclists riding five abreast in...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2012 | COLUMN: Action Line

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