Kansas City Federal Reserve President Tom Hoenig, you are correct when you opine that “a deliberative body does not gain credibility by concealing dissent.”*

To the editor:

Kansas City Federal Reserve President Tom Hoenig, you are correct when you opine that “a deliberative body does not gain credibility by concealing dissent.”*

Sadly, the City Council and County Legislature have a long standing notion that public support is garnered by a ‘unanimous’ decision. Wise leaders understand that to conceal dissent is to sacrifice credibility.

Over his tenure, Mr. Hoenig has regularly demonstrated this wisdom. Our local governments would do well to learn from his fine example.

*Tom Hoenig’s comment is credited to the publication TEN, President’s Message, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Spring 2011.