Saturday, November 1, 2014

Senator Larry Pressler

Senator Larry Pressler
3101 West 41st Street
Suite 210
Sioux Falls, SD 57105-8101
Dear Senator Pressler,
My name is Matthew Winick and I am amazed by your bipartisan work in the Senate on an important legislation that helped benefit me for the future. Senator Pressler, thank you for supporting with other Senators like Ted Kennedy, Bob Dole, Richard Lugar, John Warner, Joe Biden, and Tom Harkin from both parties on a bipartisan bill known as The Americans With Disability Act of 1990.  I have autism with a learning disability since my childhood and still today. Having a disability is hard for me because I have trouble comprehending on learning new subjects and sometimes I get teased by other people.  The Americans With Disabilities Act helped me get an education by having an special education program to have a special education teacher with a T.A. to help me learn different subjects with working on homework to catch up with other students.  In education The ADA really helped me in education by having accommodations like extra time on exams, record lectures on a digital recorder to help me take notes in class, and extra time on homework to help me get caught up with other class students. In technology the ADA helped me by having audio books, having articles read back to me when highlighting, and having close captions on t.v. helped me improve on comprehension along with vocabulary. I am touched by your moderate stance to help improve Civil Rights and support the ADA which made a great difference for me. Without the ADA I would have trouble getting an education or not be able to comprehend on learning new subjects. I have taken some class at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor studying history, political science, world culture, some business, criminal justice system, and some science because I want to use these subjects to make a difference for the world in the future.  MY goal is to use history with these subjects to help generate new ideas to make a future a better place and educate people the need to reform to make a world a better place.

Even though I am not the same political party as you I truly admire your work with stance on the need to improve Civil Rights to end discrimination for people who are different, support women’s rights, advocating technology to help people like me, support the need for campaign finance reform to make elections become democratic, protect the environment from pollution by supporting alternative energy, and bringing the need for government reform to end the corruption, abuse in pay raises on congressional members, reduce the lobbying along with PACS from bribing Congress with money and gifts.  Recently I heard in the news that you are running as an Independent for South Dakota Senate Race 2014.  I strongly believe that you will make a great difference as an Independent Senator in Congress after you help make a difference for me with your support of the ADA, your moderate stance from extreme views, your courage to say no to a bribe in the Abscam scandal, and the bipartisan work with President Carter, Ford, Bush Sr., and President Obama.   

Thanks for taking the time to read my letter and helping support the ADA with some of the other Senators I mention.  As a history student I believe that you have made a great difference in American history by working to make a world a better place. Also I want to wish you good luck in the Senate race. Even though elections are hard I want you to not give up hope and continue on advocating for the people, the need for Civil Rights to end discrimination, support better healthcare for people who can’t afford and the need to end lobbying influence on Washington.
Matthew B. Winick


  1. Wonderful letter, Matthew! Mike Doan, Sen. Pressler's Facebook manager

    1. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. Please share my story with other South Dakotans and many more people on the need to end the disfunction of Washington.