Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Puppy pushers, icky eateries have half-baked plans

Just a quick note to let you know about another great sign I saw today. In front of Walmart, some folks had “Puppies For Sale – Full Bread.” Makes you wonder sometimes! Best wishes, Bill BowlbyMrs....

DATE: Nov. 14, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

‘Durango Dress’ not quite the right fit for this town

Any comments on the “Durango Dress” from the new Athleta catalog? Maybe Mrs. Action Line can help. – Surviving Without A Dress In Durango Since 1983It’s ironic that things named after Durango have...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

‘Red Thingy’ on Florida Road has a colorful past

Driving through construction on Florida Road, I noticed that the “Red Thingy” once located near Aspen Drive has been moved to higher ground across Florida Road to the south. What exactly is the...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Cowboys and carolers unlikely to hurl healing hemp

I went to Bayfield’s July Fourth parade and was disappointed that there was no “medical marijuana float” entry. Maybe there will be one in the Snowdown Parade. Instead of tossing candy or beads,...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Dead batteries spark lively debate – and fires on trucks

Why has the city outlawed the collection of alkaline batteries at such businesses as Walmart and Kroegers? Now we have to take them to City Hall. Won’t this just encourage us to just throw them in...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Suppress the urge at highway ‘Death Merge’

Whenever I drive Colorado Highway 3 to pick up my daughter at Escalante Middle School, I encounter “The Death Merge.” Isn’t there a better solution as we risk life and limb trying to cut across...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Super-secret scheme refines ‘Durango Lifestyle’

I noticed that the City Council has tackled all the tough issues facing the town involving chickens, dispensaries and now the possible use of Segways on the Animas River Trail. I am curious. What...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

Hands-free Durangoans can drive with their knees

A friend was visiting from out of town and was alarmed by local motorists, especially the ones driving newer cars. She has a theory: Car dealers are forgetting to hook up the blinkers when vehicles...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2010 | COLUMN: Action Line

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

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