It has now become clear that Mitt Romney has the character and characteristics needed to straighten out this nation and put it on the right path for preservation of all those things we hold dear: the Constitution, individual liberties, freedom, democracy.

The other candidates boast various merits but none have anywhere near those of Romney. 

Not only does he have so much to offer in the way of business experience and leadership, but he has ideas and action plans to immediately begin to clean up the Washington quagmire.

He has studied the job of president.

I can’t believe that this nation could be dumb enough not to see his obvious ability to straighten out and overcome the errors and disasters which Obama has led us into.

Forget the “flip flops.” His flip flops often flop in the right direction. 

Keep your eye on the ball, leadership and jobs, and see that Mitt Romney is exactly what this nation needs in our time of peril.

Robert Crane

Cape Elizabeth

With the exception
of the obstructionist tea partiers, are there Republicans who honestly believe any of these present nominees are presidential material?

This slate of presidential hopefuls trying for the brass ring has already started to implode.
Herman Cain, the darling of the Koch brothers, has hit the highway.

Rick Perry has a memory with more holes than Swiss cheese. He wants to get rid of three agencies but can only remember the first two. The voting age has slipped his mind as has the date of the presidential election. And he is running for president of the United States?

When he implodes he will probably back his good buddy Jon Huntsman.

How does this sound for a horror show, Huntsman for president and Perry for vice president!

We must not leave Michele Bachman out of this circus.

She would get rid of Social Security and Medicare, and she asks her constituents “to be armed and dangerous.”

Difficult to say who will drop out next, Bachman or Perry.

The master of oratorical juggling, Mitt Romney, is also a member of this entertaining entourage.
Although he has flip flopped on many issues, he has shown some signs of moderation.

A definite no-no as far as the tea party is concerned. Hence the move to dump him for a stalwart obstructionist.

Just when you think things couldn’t become more ridiculous, out of the woodwork pops the moldy-oldie retread, Newt Gingrich, dragging all of his excess baggage.

So much baggage that he will be an easy target for the Democrats who fervently wish he would win the nomination.

If he does, they believe it would be a cake walk for President Obama to take over for a second term.

Bob Roffler


In the Nov. 27 issue of Insight there was an article titled “to woo the tea party, it’s not so smart to play dumb.”

What makes you think that Bachman, Cain and Perry are “playing dumb?”

Ed Riggs


Concerts appreciated, but not always the reviews

On a recent evening I was delighted to be introduced to The Boy Singers of Maine at the Masonic Temple in Portland and their starry night of winter songs to start off my Christmas holiday.

If you have never been exposed to these young men and their music, it is a must!!!

Thank you, Portland, for another art form for gifted children.

Dorothy Tweer


It was a great pleasure
for my wife and me to attend a recent “Magic of Christmas” concert of the Portland Symphony.

Having attended all 32 concerts, I thought this year’s was one of the best. There were old favorites and  some new ones.

One of the traditional pieces that was missing the last two years was the “Hallelujah” chorus from Handel’s “Messiah.”

As is done worldwide, the Portland audience stood to honor a truly great musical work that speaks volumes of the Christmas season.

Recently I was saddened to read an article by critic Christopher Hyde downgrading the tradition of standing during the “Hallelujah” chorus.

We stand, not because a British king did years ago, but to honor a great musical work.

Maybe Mr. Hyde should stick to being a music critic and not an audience critic.

I hope so.

Jerry Angier

Cape Elizabeth

Missive should be candidate for letter of the month

In light of the recent and forthcoming changes to your editorial department, I propose the bringing back of your “letter writer of the month” segment.

This was a feature I always looked for and enjoyed.

What reminded me of this gone and missed community “nugget” was the letter printed in the Dec. 11 Maine Sunday Telegram from Patricia Maurer of Yarmouth.

She said, “Our government is failing to meet the people’s needs.”

She voiced my sentiments exactly about our country’s shameful disparity of “presidential hopefuls who are spending millions of dollars on their campaigns” and the obvious suffering and lack of resources forthe desperate poor.”

Is this the behavior of a country we can be proud to live in?

And if not, what can one do as an individual to change this?

Letters such as Patricia Maurer’s help spark the conversations that are relevant to change.

Susan Ferrante