Washington city councilmen or -women are under no obligation to explain their “no” votes, but it would be informative, interesting and even understandable if they would do so. When a council member votes “no” on a new budget, or salary increases for key officials, the “why” would be in order.

When they vote “no,” it may be for a reason the public should be informed of as to its importance in city business.

We would never challenge their right to vote “no” on any issue, but the public wants to know “why.”

The public is left hanging if no explanation is offered. The voters who elected a person to that office have a right to know why.

With no explanation, there always is speculation, which can lead to rumors.

An informed public is one of the arrows pointing to good government.