Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Denial isn’t just for baby boomers, dog owners

Is there a program similar to Big Brothers Big Sisters for those advanced in age? Seems there would be a need for aging baby boomers, Follies cast members and others of that age group who would...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Fuel efficiency is a burning issue at the library

I pulled into the library in my little, gutless 36-mpg car and found an SUV in one “fuel efficient” parking space and a 1970s-era pickup in another. Assuming that being at the library implies...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Durango film festival attendance increases

The organizers of the Durango Independent Film Festival celebrated their second year, and attracted an increased number of people to the films, despite its executive director resigning the month...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Hunt for erroneous road sign leads to nowhere

Recently our beloved City Council tried to rename a stretch of U.S. Highway 160. Chaos ensued, and the issue was dropped. But recently I was driving that now-nameless road, and I noticed a large...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

A day late and a dollar short on parking ticket

I got a parking ticket a couple of weeks ago, and being a law-abiding citizen, I immediately mailed my check for $8. Unbeknownst to me (because I haven’t had a ticket in a long time), tickets had...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

There’s something fishy about sanctuary status

Several years ago, the Durango City Council voted to designate Durango as a sanctuary for illegal immigrants. At the time, I considered it another harmless liberal waste of time. Now that...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Democrats’ location puts the party in politics

Is it just a coincidence or is it on purpose that the La Plata County Democratic Party has its 2010 campaign headquarters located next to a bong shop? – Cheech N. ChongIt’s an intentional move. But...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Bear this in mind when trying to identify wildlife

The other day, a bear was killed after it removed a blanket from a person sleeping outside of the Manna Soup Kitchen. After the bear was shot, according to news accounts, the man and his friend...

DATE: July 25, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Parking spots aren't as plentiful as phone books

The other night, a guy in a pickup hucked a small phone book on my front yard as well as every other yard in the neighborhood. I've never see this directory before, and I already have one. So just...

DATE: July 19, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Parking is an alien concept in Skyridge subdivision

The city has a gold mine on Jenkins Ranch Road because there is nowhere to park, and the police ticket vigorously. Oh, there is this unused "middle turn lane," but you can't park there. Four of us...

DATE: July 12, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Plenty of trash options for the habitual heaper

Once a week I wake up to the sight of our neighbor's mountain of garbage - at least 2 feet over the top of the garbagecan. Then, after the city truck empties the can, we see a blizzard of paper and...

DATE: July 5, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

What's old is new for younger local movie-goers

The Gaslight Twin Cinema is currently showing a sequel to a movie about a Marvel comic character circa 1968("Ironman"), another about a TV adventure/comedy series circa mid-1980s ("The A-Team") and...

DATE: June 21, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

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