I avoided writing letters about politics in past years. I believed there were more than enough opinions cluttering up the letters sections of our newspapers. Events of the last six years in our federal government have made me change my mind. The retirement of U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, who demonstrated his support of his constituents and American principles, calls to all of us to find and support a replacement who will carry on Doc's efforts.
George Cicotte is such a person. George is an energetic, sometimes outspoken, advocate for much of what we hold dear -- the Constitution, a balanced budget, a reasonable health care program that is simple enough to work, a real bipartisan effort in our Congress to achieve a better country for all Americans.
George is a family man (seven kids), past president of our Rotary club, an attorney specializing in health-care issues and works with a number of agricultural companies (enhancing his knowledge of ag issues). Most important: George listens, something really lacking in Washington, D.C.
I'm voting for George to represent me, as Doc did, in Congress.
LARRY TOWNER, Kennewick