Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Object’s sale is a bomb despite lots of passing traffic

I love Durango’s roadside markets. But before making my purchase, I just wanted to check and see if bombs for sale are protected under the Second Amendment? Are there background checks? Also, I’m...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

Social realism in public art might be unbearable

Bears are featured prominently on the proposed sculptures for the busy U.S. Highway 550/160 median. So if bears are some kind of Durango symbol, why not be ultra-realistic? Why not include...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

Don’t be taken in by the ‘taking out’ of fourth-graders

I was somewhat startled by an emailed newsletter from the San Juans Mountains Association, of which I’m a longtime member. It announced: SJMA “will also soon be taking out some fourth-graders on...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

Lack of winter weather can’t bring down Snowdown

I noticed our snow shovel had some cracks – the one time I used it this winter. So I visited our friendly Koeger’s Ace Hardware to get a backup shovel. Walking past Rite Aid, I noticed the store...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

Debate about presidential photo needs to be reframed

I would like to know why our president and vice president’s pictures are not in our Social Security office. And no, I am not happy about it! It is disrespectful, illegal and unpatriotic! Thank you....

DATE: Jan. 21, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

Internet sales, downtown evolution tax receipts

We’re a year into higher parking fines with a basic overtime fee now $25. The rationale was to increase funds for the city. Meanwhile, sales tax receipts have been dubbed “lukewarm.” Is there any...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

Probe shows Junction Street not shady lane

Resurfacing of Junction Road last summer was puzzling because the alligator-skin pattern of asphalt deterioration at Miller School indicated an area of greater need. Potholes compelled refilling....

DATE: Jan. 7, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

With safety, Durango can be a trippy place

Is Durango the safest town in America? See the attached photo. Sign me, Capt. Safety You know a city is serious about safety when a torn-up sidewalk or leaky fire hydrant requires a protective...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Math on paper products reads like pulp fiction

First, there was Fake News. Now, there’s Fake Math. Just look at the paper towel and toilet paper aisle at the grocery store. The cost-conscious consumer confronts paper-towel packaging that says...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

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

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