At busy intersection, things take turn for better

One more question about our flashing lights. My husband and I are disagreeing about the light at the 14th Street and Main Avenue intersection. In the past, people driving south on Main Avenue were not able to continue right along Camino del Rio on red. Now, there’s a green and yellow arrow, but when southbound drivers have a red, there is no arrow. Can we now bear right after stopping on red if no cars are coming down 14th? – Settle the Bet

It’s a miracle that the Main/Camino/14th intersection doesn’t see more wrecks.

You have three busy roads coming together, one of which comes in at an angle. Throw in railroad tracks, and you’d think a shrewd ambulance-chasing attorney would set up shop nearby.

But somehow, the intersection seems to work, despite Burger King drive-through customers thinking they can make a left after fetching a bag of Whoppers.

Maybe that accident attorney should hang a shingle at the fast-food joint, calling it Masticate & Litigate.

Or maybe not.

Anyway, we checked with Lt. Ray Shupe of the Durango Police Department about the intersection.

Sure enough, drivers heading south can bear right on a red light after stopping if there is no oncoming traffic from 14th Street or pedestrians trying to cross, he said.

So, your bet is settled. Action Line hopes that the wager wasn’t a breakfast consisting of a Cheesy Bacon BK Wrapper and a Frozen Coke.

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In the Mea Culpa Mailbag, last week’s column about recycling needs further sorting:

Action Line made a comment about red being the color of biohazard disposal. Oops.

Red bags in hospitals will contain bad stuff, but red curbside containers will hold good things, as we learn from our good friend Mark Thompson at Phoenix Recycling.

Mark colorfully sets the record straight, pointing out that Durango offers blue-bin curbside recycling to city residents and Phoenix Recycling offers red-bin curbside recycling services to La Plata County residents.

“Why red? First, we believe that being ‘green’ refers to our company practices, not the color of our trucks or containers. Red is prominent and invites people to see what we are really doing with the material we process,” Thompson said.

“Second, red containers are hard to miss! The red roll-off containers at Eighth Street and Main remind people that both Brixx and the Durango Welcome Center are recycling more than 75 percent of their construction waste, simply by putting everything in a red box that Phoenix Recycling will process,” Thompson said.

The same column upset a loyal reader who took umbrage about the following comment: “Many in this community would find a suddenly exposed magazine photo shoot of Rick Santorum and Rush Limbaugh far more offensive than one featuring Miss August or other nymphs.”

“I enjoy your column and look forward to it every Monday. That being said, I was very disappointed to see that you found it necessary to slam Rick Santorum and Rush Limbaugh in what started out to be an otherwise enjoyable read,” the reader writes.

The reader referenced Tom Lorenzen’s thoughtful Letter to the Editor that asked why the media didn’t express the same outrage by unjust, vulgar personal attacks made by left-leaning commentators.

The reader adds: “I prefer not to be named as I work in town with people of all opinions, and I keep mine to myself and by voting – I would hope you do the same or at least give equal admonition to both sides, so I may continue to enjoy your work.”

Good point. So, let’s be an equal-opportunity insulter.

First, let’s swap Santorum’s name with that of Democrat Rod Blagojevich, the absurdly pompadoured egocentric ex-Illinois governor now doing hard time for corruption.

Next, substitute Limbaugh’s name with that of the Anthony D. Weiner, the pervy liberal Democrat who emailed lewd photos and sexted no fewer than six women while in Congress.

Santorum, Limbaugh, Blago and Weiner, today’s Fab Four.

And we wonder why None Of The Above is an increasingly popular write-in candidate for the 50 percent of Americans who actually vote.

Email questions to or mail them to Action Line, The Durango Herald, 1275 Main Ave., Durango, CO 80301. You can request anonymity if you can explain why we call political parties ‘parties’ when they’re not very fun.