Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Leash law doesn't apply to year-end doggerel

'Twas the fifth day 'fore Christmas and all through the townsRecalling the past year brought smiles andfrownsThe readers were anxious, and so we will show 'emIt's time once again for the Action...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

City stays put despite Nebraska billing address

In the city's monthly water, sewer and trash bill, there was a notice about a new address for local utility payments.It's a post office box in Gretna, Neb. Did City Hall secretly relocate to the...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Chance of rogue rooster vexes nonviolent vegetarian

I am a nonviolent vegetarian who lives in town. I'd love to raise my own free-range organic eggs. However, it occurredto me that if I buy six chicks, half of them might be roosters! This is a real...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Durango not flexible on darkened windows

Just how dark are tinted vehicle windows allowed to be? When crossing West Second Avenue, I was almost hit by a big SUVwith nearly black windows. I couldn't tell whether it was driven by a man,...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Potato chips, 'billboards' are lofty issues

The vending machine at work features potato chips on the top shelf, while the candy bars are on the lower shelves.Isn't it kind of stupid to put breakable snacks up high where they have the...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Asphalt at fault on near-failing 32nd Street

Why has 32nd Street been turned into a ravine and at what cost? In comparison with many in-town roads, it was not inneed of repair. - Stephanie O.Stephanie's letter wasn't the only inquiry about...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Rec center energized by conservation ideas

Now that we know the recreation center is Durango's Big Foot of carbon, has anyone considered other ways to"Slenderella-size" the facility's environmental impact? Why not reconfigure the cardio...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Orange-camo combo evades the Fashion Police

Why do hunters wear orange coats and camouflage pants? - Sign me 'Eleanor Fudd' Wow. For the first time in modern Durango history, a local resident has noticed odd clothing and questioned a ...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

High roller seeks iffy Social Security gambit

I will be getting my Social Security in December. I remember the youngsters trying to transfer my Social Security into the stock market about four years ago. Is that still an option because the...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Durango turns red, but not from embarrassment

Why is the city spending so much time and effort on backyard chickens and medical marijuana? Aren’t there more essential problems, given the challenging economy? – S.D.Poultry and pot are important...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Rural areas produce bumper crop of pundits

After reading the letters to the editor, I have one question. How is it that the experts who have such a total understanding of economics, foreign policy, domestic affairs and social programs end...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Electric lines are a black hole for AM radio

I listen to ESPN on KIUP (AM 930). Why does my car’s AM radio always lose reception just south of 17th Street and Main Avenue? A few seconds later, it’s back on again. I was thinking something at...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

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