Monday, June 22, 2015

Former Governor Mark Parkinson of Kansas

Governor Mark Parkinson
President and CEO
c/o American Health Care Association
1201 L Street, NW
Washington, DC  20005
Dear Governor Parkinson,

My name is Matthew Winick and I have a strong interest in studying history. The reason I have a strong interest in history is because I want to learn with understanding the core values that make a great difference for society including the world like the need to advance on Civil Rights to protect people who are different from discrimination, the need to have bipartisanship to find ways to work together, a strong need to protect the environment by having environmental protection with implementing renewable energy including alternative energy, find ways to improve public safety, a need for healthcare to help people get the health care they need when they can’t afford it, and many others. Governor Parkinson, for the future I plan on using history as a teaching tool to help emphasize the need for these main core values and to work on creating new ideas to help improve society.  The reason I’m writing you a letter is because I find your work as Governor of Kansas to be very inspiring to me with your great ideas and achievements, how I appreciate you being a moderate, share with you on about how I work hard to overcome Autism, and dedicating my 10 page story about working hard on my disability to you.

When you served as Governor of Kansas, I really liked on how you used your moderate approach to help your state. To improve public health I liked on how you worked with both Democrats and Republicans to have a bill called Clean Indoor Air Act where it bans public smoking in indoor places to help protect non-smokers from being affected by people who are second hand smokers and to help make the air better for people to breath. On the bill I was amazed on how you fought against the special interest groups that wanted to weaken the bill.  For the environment I liked on how you implemented renewable energy like wind, solar, biofuel, and energy efficient products as energy sources and use it to make a green economy to help reduce our addiction to oil with gas, reduce pollution, reduce high energy cost, and improve public health.  Another thing I was amazed was on how you worked hard with both parties to help create a jobs transportation bill to help improve infrastructure, fix roads, and find ways to make transportation efficient to even improve safety for people to use.  On Civil Rights, I liked your commitment to help support protecting minorities, women, people with different sexual orientation, and people with disabilities from being discriminated in education, benefits, jobs, and public places.  In December 2009, I enjoyed reading article “Meet C-J’s Kansan of The Year” because I liked about how you worked hard being a centrist, working across the aisle, and working hard to make tough decisions. 

Your work to help people with disabilities and as Governor or Kansas really helped me get inspired me to work hard on Autism with a learning disability. Governor Parkinson, having Autism is hard for me because I have trouble comprehending on learning new subjects at a persons regular rate, sometimes I have speech problems when communicating with other people, and I get teased by other people about my disability.  Even though having a disability is hard for me I have benefited from The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. The Americans With Disabilities Act helped me get an education in elementary school through high school including my community college.  The ADA helped give me accommodations to help me with education like extra time on exams, use technology with educational software to help assist me on comprehension, use a recorder to record lectures to help improve on note-taking, have a T.A. or a tutor work with me on learning with working on different assignments, and have special education program help set up accommodations with helping me pick which classes to take. In May 2014, I got my Associates Degree in Liberal Arts at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan. My main focus in Liberal Arts is history, government, criminal justice, some science, and some business. I plan on using these subjects to make a great difference.  Even though I still struggle with a disability I am very grateful for you being an advocate to improve Civil Rights, helping people with disabilities’ rights, and having commitment to make a difference through your role as Governor of Kansas and later as CEO of American Health Care Association because your work helps teaches me to work hard on Autism with having the courage to learn more subjects and explore how different core values make society better.

Governor Parkinson, I am proud to call you a true role model for me because I find your style as a moderate and having the commitment like improving Civil Rights to help end discrimination, protect the environment from pollution, and finding ways to improve public safety through your role as Governor of Kansas and currently as CEO of American Health Care Association where you advocate for the need to have healthcare, help advocate to help people with disabilities’ rights, and many others.  I really appreciate you being an advocate to assist people with disabilities to help them overcome their struggles because it really helps me work hard on overcoming my struggles with Autism and it even helps me become interested in learning different topics. Another thing is I decided to dedicate my story about working hard on my disability to you for your hard work and how you helped me understand different core values that we need and I hope you get a chance to read it.  Thanks for taking time to read my letter, inspiring me to work hard on overcoming my struggles, and making a great difference with your ideas.  I wish you well on continuing your role as CEO American Health Care Association where you can expand on different ideas.  Please feel free to share my letter and my story to your family.


Matthew B. Winick

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