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Saturday, August 30, 2014

George H.W. Bush Letter




June 9, 2014
George H.W. Bush
P.O. Box 79798

Houston, TX 77279-9798

Dear President Bush,
My name is Matt Winick. I am a student at Washtenaw Community College studying world history, U.S. History, Criminal Justice, and some business. The reason I like to study history is because I like to learn how famous people who do good work to help the world, find ways to help improve the country with ideas, learn not to repeat the same mistakes, and look for president’s goals with their achievements which made an impact on this country. History and most famous people inspire me to think of good things, motivate me to learn, and help the community.
        When you were president I liked when you signed the Disability Act of 1990 for the disabled people including me. I have autism with a learning disability.  With this act it helps people who have a disability have a chance in life and helps them for the future along with protecting them from discrimination. This act really benefited me because it helped me have a teacher assistant for elementary school to high school, have special education help me with learning on different subjects, and having fair accommodations like recording lectures with taking time on exams helped me with going to college to get an education.  The Americans With Disability Act of 1990 made me feel safe and to help me fit with other people. This act is helping many people with disability from being discriminated in education, jobs, and housing.
        Besides the American With Disability Act of 1990 I enjoy learning about how as a one-term president like you made great achievements like Clean Air Act of 1990 which required cleaning burning fuel with to reduce carbon emissions and allow for clean with alternative energy.  Radiation Exposure Compensation Act which help people who got cancer from working on nuclear testing with compensation. Immigration Act of 1990 which helped fix visas and improve on immigration quotas with student Visas. Civil Rights Act of 1991 which help protect employee’s rights from being discriminated in a workplace. Along with having a budget which had some increased revenue with some spending cuts which helped the economy. Your “Points of Light” speech along with creating the Points of Light Foundation to help promote volunteerism made an impact on my life to help my community. I am a current volunteer at Ann Arbor Hands On Museum, a children’s museum in Michigan. As a volunteer at the museum I help teach children to learn how
to do hands on activities with teaching them through demonstrations and work with other volunteers to help perform task.
I wrote a short memoir on how you made an impact on my life with your legislation to help end discrimination for people with disabilities. I hope you get a chance to read my story. Thank you for your hard work to help America including people like me with your achievements.
Sincerely,  

Matthew B. Winick



Friday, August 29, 2014

Sandra Day O'Connor


Dear Judge O’Connor,

My name is Matthew Winick who is a college student at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, MI. My favorite subjects to study are history, government, criminal justice, and some business.  The reason I like studying these subjects is that I want to learn about how society works, the need for reforms for the Criminal Justice System including the court system, checks and balances when dealing with crime while protect people’s civil liberties, and the need for Civil Right to protect people who are different like minorities, gender, people with disability, and people with different orientation to be protected from discrimination. Justice O’Connor I took a class in the winter semester called Intro To Criminal Justice. The class was interesting and had a great instructor. In the class I got to learn about how the court system works, some of the Supreme Court  Cases, understand civil liberties along with Miranda rights, different laws dealing with crime, and some of how law enforcement works. These things helped me work on creating new ideas to reform the Criminal Justice system.  My ideas to reform the system are like more right for juveniles when charged with a crime, alternative programs with education, community service, and therapy groups to help victimless offenders along with drug users from re-offending their crime, more educational programs like DARE to help address the need to reduce gun violence and drug abuse, and extend laws to protect people who are different from hate crime or prejudice.

Justice O’Connor I am inspired by your work in the Supreme Court. In the Supreme Court I was amazed by how you became the first woman to serve on the court, you help protect the fourth amendment by opposing other groups who want to invade people’s privacy, your ruling on McConnell V. FEC on regulating soft money for elections, and your courage to help protect people who are different from discrimination based on their race, gender, disability, or their sexual orientation. Your ruling on these issues really shows what a judge can do to make a difference.  Your website Our Courts and later ICivics helped benefit me to learn about the courts and government’s role through games, lesson plans, and interactive ways. Your website gave me great motivation to learn about government, criminal justice system, and history. Also the website helped me pass my government classes in middle school and high school. Justice O’Connor I want to say congratulations on winning the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama. My goal in the future is to work as a teacher or in a museum or in an organization to help people with express the need for judicial reform and the need to protect civil liberties and motivate people including students to be motivated to learn how government can play a good role in society, the need to expand on Civil Rights to combat discrimination, and the need to make the criminal justice system better. Thanks for inspiring me and promoting the website to help motivate me to learn and to comprehend better on the subject. Also thank you for taking the time to read this letter.

Respectfully yours,

Matthew B. Winick


Dalia Lama


My letter:
 Dalai Lama
The Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Thekchen Choeling Complex
Temple Road
P.O. Mcleodganj
Dharamsala
176219 Himachal Pradesh (H.P.)
India

Dear Dalai Lama,

My name is Matthew Winick and I have a strong interest in history and world culture to understand not to repeat the same mistakes in the past and to learn more about how different people with diversity help shape the world with their culture. I’m a Christian, but I enjoy studying about Buddhism because I like their ideas. Your beliefs with your ideas really inspire me. We both share the same ideas like need to help the poor, believe in equal rights for everyone no matter what background they are from, human rights, and peace to end conflicts in the world. Your speeches and spreading ideas made me feel proud because we need more people coming out to help support people and help inspire people to not give up hope. Some times I dream of a world to be a better place where there is peace instead of wars and conflicts, people affording health care, poor getting help in order survive, people having equal rights with human rights from discrimination along with oppressive government, and protecting the environment to help improve better life quality for people along with animals from pollution. When I wake up every day I find life is hard for me because I get teased by people because I'm different. I work hard to do the best as I can and to help other people. Currently I’m a volunteer at a children’s museum to help teach children by doing hands on science demonstrations because I strongly believe that an education is a right, not a privilege no matter what preference people come from. As Asian American, volunteer, student, and an idealist I strongly believe in peace, human rights with equal rights for everyone, protect the environment for better quality of life, and to help the poor who are struggling. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.  I’ll pray for you to do well and keep using your ideas to help people benefit well in the world.

Sincerely,


Matthew B. Winick  

Monday, August 25, 2014

Ed Asner



Edward Asner
Quince Productions, Inc.
11802 Otsego Street
Valley, CA 91607-3223


Dear Mr. Asner,

My name is Matthew Winick and I am a fan of your acting. I enjoyed seeing you play on the tv series Lou Grant and The Mary Tyler Moore show. Also I enjoy your voice performance on the animated tv series like Spiderman, Captain Planet and the Planeteers, The Boondocks and the gargoyles animated series. My favorite animated show was Gargoyles and I really liked how you made Hudson an interesting character in the show and helped me understand more about his character.   In 2009 I went to the movie theaters and saw the Disney/ Pixar movie called Up.  Up is one of my recent favorite Disney movies. Mr. Asner I really thought that you did a great job voicing Carl Fredricksen in the movie. The reason I liked the Disney movie Up is because I really like the plot where a young boy named Russell meets Carl and they start being friends and go on the journey. The movie really had a great storyline and it was emotional. I felt sorry about Carl in the movie because he lost his wife. However I felt moved because the movie was able to give Carl a chance to have a new friend and continue on life to find happiness. I really think that you really made a Disney movie a fun and creative.  Mr. Asner thank you for reading my letter and best wishes on your acting career.

Sincerely,

Matthew Winick  

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Morgan Freeman

The envelope that Morgan Freeman sent to me.

I received a picture of Morgan Freeman, one of my favorite American Actors after I wrote a short letter to him how I enjoy his acting.
Morgan Freeman
Revelations Entertainment
1221 2nd street
4th Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401


Dear Mr. Freeman,

My name is Matt Winick and I enjoy watching you act in movies. Mr. Freeman I think that you are a very talented actor. My favorite movies that you played in are Glory, Kiss The Girls, Along Came The Spider, Bruce Almighty, The Shawshank Redemption, The Sum of All Fear, RED, The Lego Movie, Batman Begins, and Last Vegas. Last year I saw Last Vegas and I really enjoy the movie. What I liked about Last Vegas was you pairing with Michael Douglass, Robert De Niro, and Kevin Kline to make your characters fun and humorous.  Last Vegas really had a great story about four childhood friends reuniting and repairing their friendship. I hope there is a sequel to Last Vegas because it was a great movie and I enjoy the main characters. Besides watching your movies I enjoy watching you narrate documentaries. I am a community college student at Washtenaw Community College and I like to study history and other subjects. The reason I like to study history is to learn not to repeat the same mistakes, the need for Civil Rights to protect people who are different from discrimination, work on new ideas, and to learn along with recognize gender, minorities, people with disabilities, people with different sexual orientation, immigrants, and famous people who work hard to make a difference in our country. I use to not be interested in watching documentary because of the motivation from the movie until you Mr. Freeman started to narrate documentary. Your narration in documentary really inspires me to learn more about different subjects especially history. I like watching the documentary Civil War and I really liked the narration part on Frederick Douglass and I thought you did a great job because it helped me understand what Frederick Douglass was like during the time period. Also I’m starting to watch Nova and really like your work on narrating science. I look forward to watch more movies of you acting or even narrating. Mr. Freeman thank you for inspiring me to learn and to be motivated to learn history through you’re acting in historical movies or narrating a documentary. Keep the good work. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.


Sincerely,

Matthew Winick  








Friday, August 15, 2014

Seth MacFarlane

I got in the mail of Seth McFarlane who is a comedian and who also created Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show after I wrote him a letter explaining how his is a great comedian, My enjoyment of his humor with history with other current events on his show, My positive review of TED. Also I mention how he is on my list for famous people who made a difference. Because he gave me humor on current events.

The envelope I got from Seth McFarlane.

Dave Koz

Got a message from Dave Koz a Jazz Artist after I wrote him a letter about how I enjoy his work on Jazz, explained about me playing the Clarinet at a Ragtime Performance, What types of music I like to play on the Clarinet,Sent him a link of my performance, and explained about my favorite genres of music like Jazz, RB Soul, K-pop, Chinese Pop, and Taiwanese pop. I even said how I think he really making Jazz with music a difference for history and the present.

Received in the mail envelope from them.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Shaquille O'Neal

Got in the mail today an autograph of Shaq after I wrote him a letter explaining that he is one of my favorite basketball player to watch and also how I like his work on his commercial on the Hot Ice patch commercial. 


Steve Wilkos

I got in the mail today an autograph of Steve Wilkos, who host The Steve Wilkos Show after I wrote a short letter to him (didn't ask for an autograph)

Dear Mr. Wilkos,


My name is Matt Winick, a community college student who likes to study history, criminal justice, some business, and others  and I like watching your show. The reason I am interested in these subjects is that I want to use these subjects I learn to work on new ideas for reform to make a world a better place.  Recently I took a criminal justice class and learned a lot about understanding about how the law enforcement works, the court system, and some cases. I found the subject interesting. When I took the class I watched your show to understand more about the issue and it helped me get a perspective of the system. The Steve Wilkos Show is very interesting because I like how you use problem-solution approach to solving conflicts or dealing with the criminal justice system. Also I find your show interesting because of your use for polygraph exams as a tool to resolve issues or to tell if they are lying.  I think you are doing a good job working on solutions and addressing these hard subjects. Keep up the good work and I wish you well on your show.  
The envelope that Steve Wilkos sent me.