Friday, August 7, 2015

Former Governor James J. Blanchard of Michigan

Governor James J. Blanchard
Chair Emeritus, Government Affairs Practice Group
c/o DLA Piper LLP
500 8th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20004

Dear Governor Blanchard,

My name is Matthew Winick from Ann Arbor, Michigan and I have a strong interest in studying history.   The main reason history is one of my favorite subjects is because I like to learn the need for Civil Rights to help protect people from being discriminated, a strong need to protect the environment from pollution, the need to help train workers to help improve the economy, and many others.  Also what I like to do with history is to study on how different people can make a great difference with their ideas and their work.  Governor Blanchard, I find your work as Governor of Michigan and later being a U.S. Ambassador to Canada to be very inspiring to me.

When you served as 45th Governor of Michigan in 1983-1991, I really liked on how you worked hard to help improve Michigan’s economy by creating Michigan Youth Corps, a jobs training program to help train youth improve their work skills and help create jobs, creating a commission on Jobs and Economic Development where you formed a coalition with different business, labor organizations, and education to find common ground on fixing the economy, making worker’s rights stronger, and improving on education,  and implementing a public works project which created jobs to help fix infrastructure, roads, and public transportation to improve public safety.  On education I really liked on how you made it an important issue by creating Michigan Education Trust, a tuition program to help Michiganders in the state get assistance on tuition to go to college in order to get an education, Research Excellence Fund to help get your state get funding to do research on technology with improving technology to be a resourceful tool for people, and the Michigan Model Health Curriculum to help educate students on staying healthy with understanding different health issues. Your work on protecting the environment to make Michigan a better place from pollution and to improve tourism is common sense by strengthening environment protection on The Great Lakes to prevent it from being polluted, having funds to make water, rivers, and lakes clean from toxic chemicals, and supporting educational programs to help address the need to protect the environment from pollution with educating about ideas like conservation, renewable alternative energy, and other ideas to reduce pollution.  Also in your role as Governor of Michigan I really liked on how you continued your commitment to support Civil Rights to help protect minorities, women, and people with disabilities from being discriminated in education, public places, and jobs.  When you were Ambassador to Canada I liked on how you worked with them on improving relations between the U.S. and their country by working to improve environmental protection from pollution and having Open Skies Agreement to improve traveling for people to visit different countries, find ways to improve routes to help make flights safer, and to improve trade on different products.

I took a class about Michigan History at Washtenaw Community College and I enjoyed taking the class because I enjoyed learning about how Michigan had some historical part in U.S. History and how different people from Michigan area help make Michigan become a diverse place. In my Michigan History class I enjoy researching about your work as Governor of Michigan on finding ways to create jobs, improve education with reform, create coalition with different organizations to find ways to improve Michigan, protect the environment, and protect Civil Rights after my teacher gave a lecture about you.  Also your work on these different issues including supporting Civil Rights really inspired me to work hard on Autism, my disability and to have a strong interest in history to learn more about how different core values make a great difference in our country including the world.  Another thing is that your commitment to find ways to improve relations with other countries got me inspired to continue learning more about world history, understand the importance of building relations with other countries to work together on environment, peace, and many others.

 As a Michigander with a strong interest in studying history I am proud to call you one of my favorite U.S. Governors of Michigan because you really made a great difference on finding ways to create jobs with forming coalitions with different organizations to make Michigan a better place, improving education with reform to make learning better for students, protecting the environment from pollution, and supporting Civil Rights.  Also your work as Ambassador to Canada really made a great difference to improve better relations between both countries.  Also I consider you and Governor Jennifer Granholm to be great influential Governors of Michigan. Also I was wondering if you could please explain what it was like being an Ambassador of a country and give me advice about continuing learning history with government policy. Thanks for your hard work on making Michigan great with great ideas with achievements, inspiring me to be interested in history with working hard on Autism, and continuing make a great difference for society. Thanks for taking the time to read my letter. I want to wish you well on continuing your work on advocating for good ideas at DLA Piper LLC.


Matthew B. Winick

"Behind The Embassy Door" Book he sent me 

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