Dink Nesmith

Dink Nesmith

Dink NeSmith is co-owner and president of Athens-based Community Newspapers Inc., publisher of more than two dozen newspapers in Georgia, Florida and North Carolina.


‘Ain’t no right way to do wrong thing’

By: - May 9, 2022

Entitlement: “The condition of having a right to have, do, or get something.” –The Britannica Dictionary.             If you are wondering why Georgia Power is so determined to have its way with toxic coal-ash disposal, reread the definition of “entitlement.” In a dozen words, that’s why. The state-regulated-utility monopoly doesn’t like the federal Environmental Protection […]


Georgians must keep ‘buttin’ that dam’

By: - April 14, 2022

“Once there was a silly old ram Thought he’d punch a hole in a dam No one could make that ram scram He kept buttin’ that dam …” A host of folks have sung “High Hopes.” My favorite rendition is Frank Sinatra’s when he is accompanied by kids. I can hear him now, “Next time […]


Gold Dome’s ‘elephant in the room’ is no pachyderm

By: - April 7, 2022

You’ve heard the reference to the invisible “elephant” that lurks in a room when decisions are being made. Georgia’s Gold Dome has a mammoth animal that is a permanent fixture when the General Assembly is in session and when it’s not. But it’s not a pachyderm. Imagine hearing “clop, clop, clop, clop.” Is it a […]


Opinion: What would Teddy Roosevelt have to say?

By: - March 10, 2022

A plush, stuffed bear got its name from him, but Teddy Roosevelt was no softy to be toyed with when he wanted to get something done. T.R. wasn’t a giant in stature, but our youngest-ever American president stood tall, ever ready to stiffen his backbone for a fight. We are blessed that President Roosevelt was […]


Opinion: Georgians should speak up for common sense

By: - January 27, 2022

Right now, high-paid influence peddlers are working around the clock under the Gold Dome. Some of what they are “peddling” isn’t in Georgia’s best interest. Quite the opposite. Throughout the General Assembly, you can find evidence where special interests, rather than common sense, are the rule. A good place to observe that is in the […]


Opinion: Make your voice be heard about toxic coal ash

By: - December 31, 2021

Tick. Tick. Tick. Tick. The clock is ticking down for 2021. The ticking is also for Jan. 10, 2022, the Georgia’s General Assembly’s opening day. I have a request. Make one of your New Year’s resolutions to contact your lawmakers, asking them to support stronger legislation to protect Georgia’s natural resources and environment. Specifically, I […]


Opinion: Time will not heal toxic-coal-ash sore

By: - November 14, 2021

Shhhhhhhhhhhh. Listen. Do you hear it? Could be clinking cocktail glasses. Could be snickering. Could be both. High up—above everyday Georgians, in Georgia Power and the Southern Company’s ivory towers—I imagine multimillion-dollar executives are celebrating the squeeze they have on our state’s decision-makers. As Sherlock Holmes would say, “They don’t call it Georgia Power for […]


Pogo has some advice for us

By: - September 27, 2021

A famous opossum and I have two things in common. No, I don’t hang by my tail from tree branches. But cartoonist Walt Kelly’s “Pogo” and I were both born in 1948. And we both have opinions. Who’s Pogo? If you don’t know, you are either too young or you didn’t read the “funny papers” […]


The difference between littering and pollution?

By: - August 19, 2021

Saturday’s farm chores evolved into a civic-responsibility lesson for our 9-year-old grandson. We were scampering around, checking things off the list. One regular unpleasant task is cleaning up other people’s messes. But rather than fume about it, I decided Bayard could benefit from helping pick up the trash outside our fence, along the highway right-of-way. […]


Should we trust Twin Pines or GRP?

By: - June 2, 2021

This post was updated 4:30 p.m. June 3 to clarify that Twin Pines and Georgia Renewable Power are owned by the same holding company, Green Fuels Energy. If you have never perched in a canoe and dipped your paddle into the Okefenokee Swamp’s blackwater, you’ve missed an unforgettable adventure. And if you’ve never lived close […]


Georgia’s Gold Dome has a ‘Death Valley,’ too

By: - March 16, 2021

On the South Carolina side of Lake Hartwell, there’s a giant gridiron edifice that you can see from your boat. Clemson’s stadium is dubbed Death Valley. Indeed, Coach Dabo Sweeney and his orange-clad Tigers have a tradition of laying to rest their opponents. But this time, I’m not talking football. If you jump on I-85 […]


Time to take off the mule blinders

By: - March 11, 2021

If your great-grandfather was a farmer, he probably didn’t start out plowing with a tractor. More than likely, mules or horses first pulled his implements through the fields. My great-grandpa Ezra McNeal was a mule man. And to keep his mules from being distracted, the bridle had leather flaps on either side of the animal’s […]