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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets volunteers at his campaign headquarters in Charleston, S.C.

I very much appreciated the insightful message about the making of an American president by David Brooks ("We don't talk about the things that make for great presidents," Jan. 19). It is a foregone conclusion that we citizens need to take the responsibility to be informed as we exercise our precious voting right.

Brooks provided some valuable guidelines in helping us voters make wise choices as we evaluate and judge the candidates for president. Brooks focused on Mitt Romney and suggested we question his acquired traits of emotional security, political judgment and instrumental mindset born "from his upbringing and the deeper experiences of life."

Using the guidelines, I choose to support Romney at this time.

Elmary Davidson