Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Christmas doggerel’s bark is worse than its bite

‘Twas a week before Christmas and all through our towns, Events of the past year brought smiles and frowns. Traditions aplenty for this time of year; So here is your poem for holiday jeer. It’s...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

There’s a lot to digest in ‘sewer consumption’ fee

Recently, I reviewed my city utility bill. Admittedly, it’s the first time I really looked at it in detail. To my surprise, the bill said we “consumed” $25 worth of sewage. Yuck! I thought we...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Mesa Verde map gets lost in translation on iPhone

When I pull up “Mesa Verde” on Google Maps using my Apple iPhone, “Mesa Verde” appears in what looks to be Japanese. Why is this? It’s not just my phone, I have used numerous iPhones and it is...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Hunting, eating sparrows might ruffle some feathers

Before you and Mrs. Action Line hang up your blaze orange for the season, I need help with a quirk discovered while reading the paper and eating my oatmeal. In the Herald’s “Hunting Guide,” I see...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Time expired long ago for too-tall parking meters

By Mike Smedley Special to the Herald Why is the city spending $30,000 to lower 400 parking meters to meet ADA specifications if parking is free for people with disability tags/license plates?...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Water law has different slant on roofs and snow

There’s a big new house going up in our neighborhood. So here’s the thing: Nearly every house nearby is designed so that snow sheds to the back and front yards. This new one, however, is designed...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

A cloud of suspicion hovers over motorized devices on trail

In the past month, I’ve noticed kids on self-propelled skateboards along the Animas River Trail. Is this the “slippery slope” that many feared when the City Council voted to allow electric bikes on...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Free electric-car chargers spark a non-controversy

I see that La Plata Electric Association installed four free charging stations for members’ electric cars at LPEA’s Durango headquarters. Apparently, the chargers were paid for by a group called...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

CDOT will spice things up with new north Main signs

This has been bugging me for years: People drive so s-l-o-w-l-y from the Camino del Rio and 14th Street intersection northward. Maybe it’s because downtown’s speed limit is 25 mph. But head north...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Flying with yogurt cup? Airport security is lactose intolerant

I was going through airport security and had two new containers of yummy yogurt confiscated. The TSA agents declined, however, to confiscate an even larger container of tomatoes in salad dressing....

DATE: Oct. 15, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Grads itching to leave Durango may be making rash decision

My daughter has been invited to apply for a full-ride scholarship to any in-state college, but she says she would rather be homeless and $300,000 in debt than go to college in Colorado. Do all...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Bikes could stop vicious cycle of bear-trash dependency

I’m glad the city now has a $100 fine for first-time offenders who let bears get into their trash. However, the garbage cans behind the Durango Community Recreation Center have been knocked over...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

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