Mike Smedley

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: actionline@durangoherald.com

Suing sidewalk beggars doesn’t sit well with the law

Last Sunday, I read with disbelief about the woman who successfully sued Maria’s Bookshop for a quarter million bucks after she tripped over a dog bowl and broke her ankle. So my question is this:...

DATE: May 23, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

TV viewers can watch goats for free, but not Broncos

Could Action Line motivate the proper organization to get at least one or two Denver channels on free television? Up until 1994, we had Colorado TV on KREZ-Durango and KREX-Grand Junction. We got...

DATE: May 14, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Sheriff’s patrol vehicles tinted but not tainted

I’ve noticed the La Plata County Sheriff’s Department’s new SUVs have window tints that elevate the officers to the status of the Secret Service. It appears the tint exceeds the Colorado law...

DATE: May 7, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Colorado’s survey errors are borderline crazy

As a Colorado native, Denver-born in the 1950s and now living in Durango heaven, I have only recently become aware of the imperfect nature of our rectangular state. While I understand the...

DATE: May 1, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Pooch owner pooh-poohs property protocol

There’s a person who walks her dog by my home every morning and evening and religiously lets her dog poop in my yard. She always picks it up, but then walks further onto my property and deposits...

DATE: April 24, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Horoscopes aren’t helping with your hazy fortunes

A weighty concern struck me this morning as my husband and I sat down to do our morning astrological reading. With the newspaper coming out every other day now, which dates do the horoscope apply?...

DATE: April 17, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Finding a handyman shouldn’t be a hands-off task

I’m an older resident of La Plata County, and on occasion, I need a handyman. Right now, the inside of my toilet needs to be replaced. Looking at the classified ads, I noticed that one handyman has...

DATE: April 10, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Action Line Pueblo plates get a chile reception from New Mexico

What’s your take on the looming Chile War between Colorado and New Mexico? It all stems (pardon the pun) from a bill in the Colorado Legislature to put “Pueblo Chiles” on a custom license plate. –...

DATE: April 3, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

When is it time to replace the city’s asphalt?

With all this talk of repeal and replace, at what point does the city decide to replace asphalt rather than repair with streaks of tar in the pattern of an Afghan? See my attached photo of the...

DATE: March 26, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

The fluoridation debate: Water worriers go with the flow on chlorine

The people wanting Durango to get rid of fluoride seem deeply concerned about chemicals added to our drinking water. If they are so worried, why don’t they eliminate chlorine, which is also a toxic...

DATE: March 19, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Thrift store workers curb diving by talking trash

What are the laws, if any, about dumpster diving within the city limits? As they say, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” A certain thrift store on East Second Avenue throws away some...

DATE: March 12, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Animas City puts its stamp on rural-style mail

East Third Avenue between 29th and 32nd streets is a popular place to access the Animas River Trail, the park and the river. Parking is in high demand especially for rafters, kayakers and tubers....

DATE: March 5, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

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