Letter to the editor: John Newcomb

Senator Miramant Listens

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 8:00pm

I have been associated with Dave Miramant both personally and professionally for over 15 years.  Dave worked part-time for us at Downeast Air in Owls Head where he bases his glider operation.  He also rents space from us for his glider, and I was his co-pilot for a few years.  All my dealings with Dave have been excellent.  He was a terrific line service technician for Downeast, always staying constructively busy and helpful, exerting a positive influence on everyone.  As a renter he pays on time and his glider is very quiet and clean---what higher accolades can a landlord say about a renter?

I see Dave approach his work as our Senator similarly to how he approaches flying, with the interest of his passengers (insert constituents) first.  He has his own ideas and beliefs, and if he feels the interests of his constituents are different from his own, he will vote for his constituents.

Dave is a much more experienced pilot than I am, and he taught me a lot about aviation.  He would let me try things my way, unless they might be unsafe, and then explain how he would have done it differently.  I almost always would then do it his way, as it was the better method.  He never lorded his advanced skill over me, just used that skill to make me a better pilot.

I think Dave approaches his work as a legislator in the same way.  He will listen to other views and then try to gently explain how those views differ from his own—or he may concede there are equitable yet varied priorities and then work on a compromise.  Dave and I don’t agree on all issues, but I honestly believe that he listens to my opinion and tries to understand it.

I can think of no person that I would rather have representing us as our state Senator than Dave Miramant.  Please join me in voting for Senator Dave Miramant this November 3.

John Newcomb lives in St. George