What we have in Frankfort these days is a failure to compromise.
State legislators have just two days left in the 2004 session of the General Assembly to act on the big issues on their plates - the state budget, tax reform and gay marriage.
Failing to do something about these issues is not going to sit well with Kentucky voters. Whatever their party, incumbent legislators on the ballot in November are going to be vulnerable if they don't get the job done this week. So it's not only in the interest of the people of Kentucky but also the interest of the legislators themselves that seek a compromise on the biggest issues they face.
Here are some suggestions:
Gay marriage - The Republican Senate passed a proposed constitional amendment that - if approved by the voters - would ban both marriages and civil unions between gay couples. The Democratic House passed a proposal banning gay marriage but not civil unions. The House added language concerning judicial authority over the state legislature - language that gay-marriage foes argued was intended to get the whole amendment thrown out in court.