John Peel

Position: Action Line Columnist


Filling the dog days of COVID-19

Dear Action Line: What am I supposed to do with all this unemployment money I’m getting but cannot spend because all the businesses are closed? – Cash hoarder Dear Hoarder: Do what Little Action...

DATE: May 25, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Don’t scratch that grass itch at Santa Rita Park just yet

Dear Action Line: Can I run on the new grass at Santa Rita Park? How about now? Now can I run on that grass? How about now? Can I? Can I? Can I? – Itching To Go Dear Itching: The new grass is an...

DATE: May 18, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Extend olive branch to trim tree

Dear Action Line: My neighbor’s tree has branches that extend into my yard. Can I cut them? – Branching out. Dear Branching: Action Line does not condone violence of any kind. Dear Action Line:...

DATE: May 11, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Action Line returns, none the wiser

So, you’re back? Yep: 16 years was a sufficient sabbatical from writing Action Line. Well, what in the holy heck were you doing? The usual. Playing musical chairs with jobs. Paying bills. Worrying...

DATE: May 4, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Having the last word requires a dictionary and 3 z’s

It’s been a thrill and honor to write Action Line for the past 16 years. But all good things must come to an end. This is my final Action Line column. There. Those Seven Words were penned a couple...

DATE: April 20, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Action Line pulls column, apologizes to readers

Editor’s note: The Durango Herald has removed Saturday’s Action Line column from its website and regrets that it was published. It targeted New Mexico visitors and offended many of our readers in...

DATE: April 14, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Horoscope’s advice comes from another planet

I’m worried about my horoscope and whether it’s offering the best advice. In the Herald’s Friday (March 27) edition, Scorpios are told: “Grab every chance to party and have fun today. Enjoy sports...

DATE: April 6, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

On a lighter note, here’s how goldfinches change color

I’m sick of hearing about the virus. How about a non-pandemic question? Around this time of year, the goldfinches suddenly turn bright yellow. How do they know when to change colors and what causes...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Witty sign unwittingly predicts the future

When I saw this marquee at the fairgrounds, the irony of psychics having “unforeseen circumstances” struck me as pretty darn funny. Then, almost immediately, I wondered what Action Line’s take on...

DATE: March 23, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

Truck at Durango Mall gets 5-star review for irony

Is the Amazon Prime truck at the Durango Mall picking up or dropping off? Probably dropping off since half the stores have abandoned the mall. Maybe this photo is the ultimate indignity. Either...

DATE: March 16, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

College Drive road diet weighs heavily on some locals

After enduring “improvements” to College Drive, several of us citizens want to stop the planned complete destruction of this corridor. If the changes that have been made so far weren’t so horrible,...

DATE: March 9, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

City patches things over with local skeptics and atheists

What is “services parking” along East Third Avenue? Is “services parking” available every day of the week? I noticed that some tape is obscuring the top part of the signs, presumably covering the...

DATE: March 2, 2020 | COLUMN: Action Line

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