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Friday, January 16, 2015

Governor John A. Kitzhaber of Oregon



1/2/2015
Governor John Kitzhaber
Attn: Citizen’s Representative
160 State Capitol
900 Court Street
Salem, Oregon 97301-4047
Dear Governor Kitzhaber,

My name is Matthew Winick and I find your work on improving healthcare to help people afford getting the care they need, protecting the environment by promoting renewable energy with conservation, and creating a coalition group to help fix the economy very inspiring to me. I have a strong interest in studying history, government, and the criminal justice. I enjoy studying these subjects because I want to learn not to repeat the same mistakes, have reforms to improve society, understand the need to protect the environment from pollution by promoting renewable energy with conservation, advance on Civil Rights to end discrimination for people who are different, and have checks and balances in the criminal justice system to protect people’s civil liberties when dealing with reducing crime.  I plan on using what I learn from these subjects especially history to teach people about the need to create new ideas of reforms to make society better with the ideas that I mentioned. When you were legislator in the Oregon State Senate I was amazed when you sponsor the Oregon Health Plan, state healthcare system to help people who are poor or who can’t afford health insurance get the benefits with medical care they need.  Your commitment to work on making healthcare available to people who can’t afford insurance is a great achievement and it really inspires me because I feel confident that there are people who are advocates for health care reform like you. Even though I don’t live in Oregon I truly appreciate your activism to make healthcare affordable for people who can’t afford it.

Besides your work on healthcare I find your work as Governor of Oregon to be very inspirational to me with your work to protect the environment by advocating to protect the environment while maintaining conservation.   While you were Governor I was amazed by your approach on protecting the environment like restoring watershed health in order to protect people’s health by having water as a drinking source and protecting salmon fish from be endangered or threaten. Also I like your other approach by advocating for alternative energy with renewable energy to protect the environment while having a sustainable life with jobs. Another thing I like about your work, as governor is your support for people who are different like minorities, gender, people with disabilities, and people with different preferences to be protected from discrimination. I myself have Autism with a learning disability and I am inspired by your work with activism to help people with disabilities and other people who are different to be protected from discrimination in jobs, education, public places, and Civil Rights. Having a disability is hard for me because I have trouble comprehending on learning new subjects at a pace and get teased by other people. However, I have benefited through the ADA because it helped me get an education by having accommodations to help learn different subjects like extended time on exams, use a recorder to help me improve on note taking, and have special education including Learning Support Services help me work on comprehension with tutors. Also The ADA expanded more on Civil Rights for me to be protected from discrimination. Even though I have benefited from the ADA I still have trouble with a disability, but I am proud to have many people who work hard being an activist like you to help people with disabilities.

Governor Kitzhaber, I am truly inspired by your work to help people who can’t afford the healthcare they need, protect the environment by promoting renewable energy, advancing on more rights to protect people from discrimination, and restoring lands to protect wildlife while maintaining people’s life from harm. Your approach is common sense. From a history perspective in my opinion I believe that your ideas are making a great difference. Also I agree with you on making environment better by using renewable energy with restoring land to protect wildlife and maintain people’s way of life from pollution or harm, and promoting equal rights to end discrimination. Thanks for taking the time to read my letter and best luck on continuing your role as Governor of Oregon.




Sincerely,


Matthew B. Winick

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Mayor Virg Bernero of Lansing, Michigan



11/3/14
Mayor Virg Bernero
9th Floor City Hall
124 W. Michigan
Lansing, MI 48933

Dear Mayor Bernero,

My name is Matthew Winick and I had been a volunteer on your campaign for governor for the 2010 Michigan gubernatorial election. Mayor Bernero, I really had the pleasure working on your campaign because I agree with your ideas to help Michigan like funding money for education, help small business from being heavily taxed, improve public safety, and help Michigan minimum wage workers like me. I felt sorry that you were aggressively attacked negatively by Rick Snyder and other special interest groups. Snyder’s attack made me get interested to be active on your campaign and to vote for you. Even though you lost the election, however I am proud that you had the courage to advocate for a better middle class, better education, improve Civil Rights, and more things to help minimum wage workers when most political parties ignore people due to being influenced by special interest groups with lobbying.

Mayor Bernero, your issues and your campaign really helped me get inspire and to learn history. I believe that history is a good thing for society to remind ourselves the need to improve society by reforming the criminal justice system to have checks and balances when dealing with crime an protecting people’s civil liberties, the need to help the poor including low income, minimum wage workers, and middle class with getting jobs, a need for job training programs to help train workers for the economy, create jobs in our country to reduce losing jobs overseas, improve Civil Rights to protect people who are different, and to better protect the environment from pollution by using renewable energy with environmental protection. These ideas and your ideas are mainstream and not an ideology issue. I plan for my future to use my knowledge of learning history to make a world a better place.

Thanks for your hard work on advocating for a better future for Michiganders like me, taking the time to read my letter, and having the confidence to run for governor. Even though you lost, from my perspective on studying history I believe that you made a great difference for our state and that your ideas will live on for the future, mine, and many generations. I wish you well as your role as Mayor of Lansing and continue on advocating for all Michiganders like me for a better future and new ideas to help our state.
Sincerely,

Matthew B. Winick
 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York


1/3/2014
The Honorable Andrew M. Coumo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
State St. and Washington Ave.
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12224
Dear Governor Coumo,

My name is Matthew Winick with a strong interest in studying history, government, criminal justice system, some business, and science.  These subjects especially history are my favorite because I like to understand the need to improve society, advance on Civil Rights to help people who are different from discrimination, have government reform with campaign finance reform to reduce corruption in the system, have checks and balances in the criminal justice system to protect people’s civil liberties while reducing crime, have healthcare reform to help people with health problems get the care they need, and protect the environment by conservation including promoting renewable energy like wind, solar, biofuel, with energy efficient products.  I want to send my sympathy to you and your family about losing your father Governor Mario Cuomo.  Your father Mario Cuomo is a true inspiration to me because when I took a history class I enjoyed learning about your father’s work as Governor of New York.  Your father made a great difference for history and me. I was amazed when I learned how he accomplish different achievements as Governor of New York like supporting women’s rights, making Civil Rights stronger to protect people who are different from discrimination, support healthcare reform to help people who live in poverty including children and seniors get the healthcare they need, protect the environment by promoting renewable energy, and combating against AIDS epidemic.  His works got me really interested in studying history and government and understand the need for reform to help the people.

Governor Coumo, from studying your father’s work and from my opinion history perspective from studying history I believe that you are doing a great job keeping up on your father’s legacy.   Governor Coumo, I find your work to be amazing and common sense. For example allowing same-sex marriage including more rights for same-sex couples to be protected from discrimination, promote equal pay for everyone so they won’t be discriminated in the workforce, support women’s rights, work on promoting renewable energy with improving public safety, having background checks with gun sales regulation to reduce gun violence, and work on reforming the criminal justice system like finding ways to end “stop and frisk”, allow DNA to be collected for different crimes to help sort out the innocent when they are accused of a crime, finding ways to improve voter’s right by extending early voting so people can get to the voting booths, and promote campaign finance reform including Public Integrity Reform Act  to reduce corruption in elections and require financial disclosures of government officials.  I find your work as Governor of New York very inspiring and make a great example of what reforms should be.   After taking classes in government, history, and intro to criminal justice I started to research different ideas of reform that my instructors helped me interested in.  Your work on these reforms is similar to my ideas for a better future from what I learn.   When I took a criminal justice class I learned about the court system, Miranda rights, civil liberties, law enforcement procedures, different laws, and how the criminal justice system works. I enjoy learning about the system, however when learning about the system I was shocked about how the system had some flaws. My criminal justice instructor worked with me on creating ideas for reform for the criminal justice system like alternative sentencing like community service or treatment programs for non-violent offenders, extend rights for  juveniles, have treatment programs with counseling to help drug users to reduce drug rates and reduce harsh sentencing, end racial profiling to protect safety for minorities, have DNA testing for evidence to reduce putting innocents in a prison for a crime they didn’t commit, have a community relations program where law enforcement meets with mayor or government officials meet with concerned citizen to find ways to reduce tensions between public and law enforcement, have programs to help victims of violence, and educational programs to educate people about the need to reduce gun violence with drug abuse.  I like using from what I learn from history, government, and criminal justice to understand the need for reform, create new ideas, and to find ways where we can’t repeat the same mistakes in the past. Governor Coumo, I hope you can use my ideas to help you reform the criminal justice system for your next term.

I want to send my prayers with thoughts to you for losing your father. Your father really inspired me to pursue interest in studying history, government, and the criminal justice system.  I also believe that you and your father are making a great difference with great reform and ideas.  Someday I plan on using what I learn especially history, government, and criminal justice to teach people about the need for reform in different areas or work to find ways to improve on social justice.  Thanks for taking the time to read my letter, listening to me about different ideas to reform the criminal justice system, and being an inspiration to me with your father’s work. I want to wish you well for a second term as Governor of New York. Even though times are hard when you lose a father I want you to continue having the courage to make a difference with reform and find ways to make a place a better place for the future like your father.
Sincerely,

Matthew B. Winick


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Mike Henry "Family Guy"


9/23/14

Mike Henry
“Family Guy”
Fox Television Animation
5700 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 325
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Dear Mr. Henry,

My name is Matthew Winick and I am a huge fan of watching Family Guy and The Cleveland Show.  Mr. Henry, I really enjoy you voicing Cleveland Brown, Peter Griffin’s best friend.  Also I think you really do a great job teaming up with Seth MacFarlane on making Family Guy and The Cleveland Show a great comedy to watch and having different parodies with analogies.  In 2009, I was excited to hear when they created The Cleveland Show starring you as Cleveland Brown in his hometown Virginia. The Cleveland show was really great and I enjoy the characters that you interacted with like Donna, Roberta, Rallo, Cleveland Jr., Lester, and Holt. I enjoy watching every episode of  The Cleveland Show. When they cancelled the show I was sad because I really enjoy how you help me understand more about Cleveland Brown’s origin with his background story. However I was happy that you had the chance to have your own show and that you really made The Cleveland Show fun to watch. Also I’m glad that your character Cleveland Brown is coming back to Family Guy.  I’m sure that you will do fine in the future on making comedy fun along with continuing making Family Guy fun to watch with your character Cleveland Brown. Mr. Henry, I am inspired by you and Seth MacFarlane to enjoy comedy with jokes. Thanks for taking the time to read my letter, working hard to make Cleveland Brown to be a funny character, and making comedy fun with humor. I wish you well for the future in your comedy acting roles and wish you good luck on making season 13 in Family Guy fun, funny, and great humor to watch.

Sincerely,

Matthew  Winick