I had an entirely different point for this letter before I read the July 12 Herald. Its report on the election sticks and stones really disgusted me. My experience has been that the stone throwers most often resort to that tactic when they have little else to talk about. I have yet to see a candidate with really legitimate reasons for running and decent responses to the real issues who needed to resort to negative activity. Blaming negative ads on someone else's enthusiasm doesn't cut it. Either you have control over those who advertise for you or you don't. We need representatives in Washington, D.C., who meet at least these criteria:
w Listen to their constituents and their opponents. How else can you understand what the real issues are?
w Willing to work to reach the best solutions for this country and, where possible, their immediate constituents. Sometimes that's very hard, especially today.
w Refrain from character assassination as a means of getting ahead.
Never miss a local story.
w Understand and are willing to take a stand on the real issues, even if that stand may be initially unpopular. "No guts, no glory" comes to mind.
w No desire to make a career in politics.
w Manage their campaigns, instead of being managed.
LARRY TOWNER, Kennewick