Friends of Gatewood Galbraith know that forcountless thousands of Kentuckians who came to admire him over the past few decades, Gatewood’s persona will not be forgotten.
But it seems that the Commonwealth of Kentucky could benefit from an effort to memorialize Gatewood’s legacy in a more permanent way that honors our friend but more importantly carries forward some meaningful part of Gatewood’s legacy.
Friends, family and some of those who have worked closely in Gatewood’s campaigns over the past years may have a better idea but one that has crossed mine is the notion of a permanent Galbraith Commission chartered to fulfill some legitimate state policy on a permanent basis. Others may have a different idea but one such policy area that comes to mind is the area of open government.
A Galbraith Commission on Open Government charged with the responsibility of making recommendations relating to open and transparent government would seem to be a fitting tribute to Galbraith and more importantly a useful non-partisan commission that would help guide government in Kentucky toward greater transparency in the future.
Such a commission would seem to fit in with one of things I think of the most about Gatewood Galbraith’s policy goals, ‘transparent government,’ but at the same time would likely be supported by the Kentucky Press and others with an interest in ensuring government accountability.
There may be other ideas; perhaps already in place, but the idea of Galbraith’s legacy being carried forward in a permanent and useful means ought to be considered.