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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What We Think
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  • The art of plenty to do

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    July 27, 2014

  • The power of One

    Christine Batson wondered the same thing that many people wonder.

    July 26, 2014

  • Thumbs Up

    THUMBS UP: To Air Force Lt. Col. David Rayman. The 75th Fighter Squadron commander recently logged 3,000 flight hours in the A-10C Thunderbolt II. A rare feat. In presenting a Moody Air Force Base story on his accomplishment in The Times, it’s good to see the face and know the name of one of the many pilots who cross our South Georgia skies. Congratulations on 3,000 and thank you for your service.

    July 26, 2014

  • Closing another summer chapter

    The South Georgia Regional Library brings its 2014 summer reading program to a close this weekend with an event that celebrates readers and writers.

    July 24, 2014

  • Countdown for voter apathy

    If you don’t think your vote counts, talk to Ellis Black and John Page today.

    July 24, 2014

  • Vote to remove signs

    Congratulations to the winners in the primary runoff election Tuesday.

    July 23, 2014

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    July 21, 2014

  • PSST! Only one week left

    Peach State Summer Theatre enters its final week of performances for the 2014 season. This means there are only a few more opportunities left to see “Mary Poppins,” “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” and “42nd Street.”

    July 20, 2014

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