Letter to the editor: Sen. Miramant works to protect Maine’s natural resources

Sun, 10/07/2018 - 6:30pm
Over the past year, my husband and I have explored the country as full-time travelers, visiting the beautiful landmarks of our incredible nation. Although we’ve been gone from Maine for a few years, when asked where we’re from, the answer is always Maine. This is undoubtedly met with one of two reactions, either people who have been here and remark on its beauty or people who have not yet been here who have heard of its beauty and plan to come to see it. There is no middle ground.
Maine lives in the ranks of notably beautiful places that everyone wants to visit and appreciate. While living in Maine, it was often easy to take it for granted but after a year of traveling the rest of the country, it’s easy to see that what we have in this incredible state is special. Because of this, I know that protecting our home and the natural environment of Maine is of increasing importance.
My dad, Maine State Senator Dave Miramant, knows that to protect our quality of life and our health, we must keep our land, air, and water clean and productive. This matters not only for tourism but for all aspects of the Maine economy, from the fishing industry, food production, and a sense of place and beyond. Our environment is our way of life.
Ocean warming and acidification have changed the Gulf of Maine. My dad is working to mitigate the effects of decreased fish populations and lobster migration Downeast. He is calling for action to reduce pollution that causes these larger impacts and affects our way of life. Based on his voting record, my dad received a 100 percent rating from the Maine Conservation Voters. That is something to be proud of and celebrate.

My dad has always appreciated Maine’s natural beauty and resources. Continuing as state senator, he will always work to advocate for the community, which necessitates protecting our natural resources. Please vote to re-elect my dad, Senator Dave Miramant, on November 6 so he can continue to do this important work.

Ashley Miramant Ridley