Friday, January 16, 2015

Governor John A. Kitzhaber of Oregon

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.


Matthew B. Winick

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