George Washington, who famously resigned his commission as general of the Continental Army in our Annapolis State House, warned that political factions would overtake common sense and reasoned debate in favor of division and diversion. The partisan politics of today reflect the fears of our founding fathers. Washington, D.C,. has been divided for some time, and now, that inability to compromise seems to be seeping into Annapolis. We continue to fight against that tide. Compromise does not mean that you have to sacrifice your principles; it is often the best path to progress and worth the political risk to achieve sound legislation. Good and bad ideas come from both sides of the political aisle, and our job is to weed out the bad ones for the sake of the public good.