Senator George J. Mitchell
DLA Piper Global Law Firm
Dear Senator Mitchell,
My name is Matthew Winick with a strong interest in studying history with political science and world culture. I strongly find these subjects to be interesting because I like to learn how famous people along with minorities, gender, people with disabilities, and different orientation who work hard to make a difference and to end discrimination, the need to protect the environment with using clean alternative energy with energy efficient products to reduce cost and pollution, the need for human rights and peace negotiations to reduce oppression and conflicts with other countries. Senator Mitchell I am proud of your bipartisan work as Senate Majority Leader in 1989-1995 on the Americans With Disabilities Act and The Clean Air Act of 1990 by having both parties come together to pass these legislations. The American With Disabilities Act helped benefit me for the future and life because I have Autism with a learning disability and it is hard having a disability. The ADA that you, Republican Senator Bob Dole, Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy with Tom Harkin really helped me benefit to get an education by creating special education group which helped me with catching up on homework, having a T.A. to help me and to protect me from being teased or be judged by other people from elementary school to high school, also this act helped me with getting accommodations in school including college like extra time on exams including homework, take exams in a different setting to reduce distractions, and record lectures to help me take notes. The ADA also helped give me confidence about learning and to go into public because the main goal of the legislation is to protect people with disabilities from discrimination in education, transportation, and public places. Thank you for your hard work as Senate Majority Leader with Republican Senator Bob Dole, Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy with Tom Harkin to make this legislation to become law and to help protect against discrimination.
Senator Mitchell I find your work on foreign affairs really inspiring to me because I believe that there is a strong need for peace to reduce tensions with other countries and to reduce a chance to go into war. When you served in U.S Special Envoy for North Ireland I was amazed on how led a commission for principle of non-violence for all The North Ireland parties and this lead to Belfast Peace Agreement which ended conflict. I want to say congrats for you receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom and The Liberty Medal. Your quote “I believe there’s no such thing as a conflict that can’t be ended. They’re created and sustained by human beings. They can be ended by human beings. No matter how ancient the conflict, no matter how hateful, no matter how hurtful, peace can prevail.” Really gives me confidence and hope that there can be peace in the future. Also I want to say thank you for doing your best to work on trying to get a Middle East peace. Your work as a Senate Majority Leader and as peace maker really inspires me to find new ideas to make history a better place, to have hope, and have a strong interest in history. Also I am amazed how you started Bipartisan Policy Center where you educate people to work together with share your ideas. Thank you for your hard work, helping pass a legislation which help benefit me, working on peace negotiations, and making a great difference in the world with your achievements. By the way I am sending you a bio of my life with my ideas for the future to you so you can read and I even explain how your work on American With Disabilities Act help benefit me. I hope someday I can get a chance to meet you so you can help me with advice to understand more about peace.
Matthew B. Winick