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.
The difference between littering and pollution?
By: Dink Nesmith - 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: Dink Nesmith - 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: Dink Nesmith - 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: Dink Nesmith - 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 […]
Georgia Power: Be a good ‘citizen’ with toxic coal ash
By: Dink Nesmith - February 11, 2021
As sure as salt water licks the sands of our Golden Isles, we can expect the state’s largest utility to put a squeeze on Georgia’s Gold Dome. And if mythical sleuth Sherlock Holmes were stalking the halls, he’d say, in his British accent, “They don’t call it Georgia Power for naught.” Very few—if any—pieces of […]
Dink Nesmith: A ‘coal fox’ is in EPA’s ‘henhouse’
By: Dink Nesmith - September 10, 2020
Even above the commotion caused by COVID-19, you could hear the EPA’s hooves in the rules-change stampede. The Environmental Protection Agency — despite the public’s concern and comments — was determined to gallop toward weaker regulations for toxic coal ash. We shouldn’t be surprised. Kissing the coal industry and its customers on the mouth was predestined. […]