Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

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

Bike riders are at work, not in spaceship

Many early mornings I see more than a few parked bicycles on Main Avenue sidewalks. Were the riders abducted? By aliens? By Focus on the Family? By NORML? Thanks, Dan (P.S. Why do they call it a...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Family smitten by elephant in the room

Most times, the Mea Culpa Mailbag is devoted to a few brief snippets from reader letters and e-mails. But this week, we stray from the norm to present a delightful and bizarre saga.Remember the...

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

City takes dim view of tiki torches downtown

How did flaming tiki torches find their way past the stringent historical regulations of downtown Durango? These torches, securely mounted in flagpole holders in front of Moe's Starlight Lounge,...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Time to raise a stink about skunks under houses

This west-side neighborhood is crawling with skunks! All night long, they're doing their smelly thing. A skunk family has dug a home under my house. I have tried mothballs, ammonia-soaked rags and...

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

9-R makes a statement with vinyl banner

What's with the huge idiotic banner along the chain-link fence at the Durango High School entrance? It looks like the school district is emulating the marketing tactics of a liquor store or car...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

No one watching out for zombie charities

In a recent public-service ad in the paper, there was a logo for "Operation Healthy Communities," a service organization that closed years ago. Has Operation Health Communities risen zombie-like...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Identifying invasive species can be tricky

Driving past Chapman Hill, I noticed at the bottom of the slope a wide swath of plants with pinkish-purple flowers. It looks like a bunch of thistle! What's wrong with the city? Can't it manage to...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Highway median not quite garden-friendly

What's up with the concrete barrier on the new section of U.S. Highway 550/160 at Bodo? Aesthetically, it's a disaster. Did the city not have any say in the design? Why not install a median with...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Paint punks, thug trees can't give city the slip

The city gives property owners 10 days to erase graffiti from their premises, but what about all the graffiti that greets rafters under the 32nd Street bridge? Isn't the city responsible for...

DATE: July 27, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

Up in arms about dubious chicken thighs

When ordering fried chicken thighs, a certain fast-food joint and all the local supermarket delis pass off backs as thighs. Upon questioning employees, they appear to have no chicken thighs in...

DATE: July 20, 2009 | COLUMN: Action Line

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