Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

July 6, 2013

Do you know the law of the land?

-- — Ignorance of the law is no excuse, according to the old saying. As of Monday, July 1, Georgians faced a whole new set of laws addressing everything from lowering eligibility for the HOPE scholarship at tech schools to increased measures for some businesses in verifying their employees’ citizenship to brewers doubling production of homemade beer. The Times looks at a few of the state’s more than 100 new laws in today’s editions and directs readers how to learn more for themselves.

How many of Georgia’s new laws do you know? Is something you legally did this time last week possibly illegal today? Or is there something that made you an outlaw on June 30, but makes you a law-abiding citizen today without having to change any behavior?

It’s every citizen’s responsibility to know the laws of the land. But we admit that task is difficult, if not downright impossible.

Seems each year, there’s a long list of new laws, thickening the Georgia code more and more, making it almost impossible for even the most astute attorney to know every law.

Seems many laws serve more as an opportunity for legislators to make names for themselves rather than answering some pressing need within the  state. Not all new laws or legislation, but it sure seems like a lot of it owes more to politics than public good.

Still, agree with them or not, think them unnecessary or not, the law is the law. And ignorance of the law will still get you a ticket, a fine, or possibly jail.

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    THUMBS UP: To Carol Mikkelsen. Valdosta State University Opera’s “Dido and Aeneas” marks the last production before Mikkelsen’s retirement
    after 44 years with Valdosta State and the creation of the opera program. She plans to continue
    working with VSU part-time, but this weekend’s performance marks her last full-time participation with the opera productions. Ovations all around for her work.

    April 18, 2014

  • Feed the hungry, adopt a duck

    If you haven’t already adopted a duck, you have a little more than a week to do so.

    April 17, 2014

  • If I were mayor

    Each year, the City of Valdosta holds an essay contest, “If I Were Mayor,” with students in the area writing their ideas about what they would do as the head of the city.

    April 16, 2014

  • The real lessons of a mock drill

    Valdosta High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions held a powerful mock demonstration Monday morning on the school’s campus.

    April 14, 2014

  • Kudos to VPD

    Followed by a stellar report on Sunday about the drop in the crime rate in the City of Valdosta, city police officers prove their worth once again by arresting a dangerous fugitive in our community.

    April 13, 2014

  • It just plain stinks

    After every rain event, the pungent smell of sewage can be detected around the rivers and streams of south Georgia, and Florida residents brace for more to float their way.

    April 13, 2014

  • Pennsylvania school stabbings: Why?

    The following editorial appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Thursday, April 10:

    April 11, 2014

  • European bans on emails unlikely in America

    Several European countries are banning work emails to employees before and after normal working hours, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., in an effort to curb the perceived abuse of employees by corporations.

    April 11, 2014

  • Strength of character

    It was an unusual friendship — a tiny 8-year old girl with long blonde hair and the 6’10” Michigan State basketball player.

    April 10, 2014

  • Daly’s return a boost for Valdosta

    Flashy, colorful and always a hit with the fans for his long drives and humble demeanor, John Daly’s return to Kinderlou Forest and the South Georgia Classic is a boon for Valdosta.

    April 9, 2014

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