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.


Candidates ignore the environment

By: - October 27, 2022

If you wish the Nov. 8 election was over, raise your hand. Careful. Don’t throw your shoulder out of joint raising your hand. The only ones not eager to see the bickering and backbiting in the rearview mirror are the TV stations that are profiting from the gold rush of mudslinging advertising. By now we […]


What would Teddy Roosevelt think about the Okefenokee?

By: - September 27, 2022

None of us was around in 1901, when President Theodore Roosevelt used his iconic monocle to squint 121 years into the future. Just imagine if he hadn’t. How many millions of pristine acres would have been decimated, thus robbing generations of Americans of the awe and wonder that our national parks provide? After moving into […]


Protecting our environment is not a game

By: - July 13, 2022

In simpler times, kids played simpler games. If you had a sidewalk and a piece of chalk, you drew squares for hopscotch. Minus a sidewalk or paved driveway, you used a stick to scratch squares in the dirt. Observing what’s happening in the environmental-protection world, I see what looks like a game of hopscotch. We […]


‘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. […]