Thursday, October 1, 2015

Former Governor of Arizona and Former U.S. Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano

Ms. Janet Napolitano
c/o Office of the President
 University of California
1111 Franklin Street, 12th Floor
Oakland, CA  94607
Dear President Napolitano,

My name is Matthew Winick and I have a strong interest in studying history. The main reason I like studying history is to learn the need to make Civil Rights stronger to help protect people who are different from discrimination, protect the environment from pollution by implementing environmental protection with supporting renewable energy, improving healthcare to help people get the care they need, and many others.  President Napolitano, I find your work as an attorney, as U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona, as Governor of Arizona, and later as Secretary of Homeland Security to be very inspiring to me.

When you were an attorney I liked on how you had the courage to be representing Anita Hill when she testified in the Senate Judiciary Committee against the U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas about how Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her when they both worked in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission when the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee including the media said harsh words or were very critical about Ms. Hill’s testimony.   In your role as U.S. attorney for the District of Arizona, your commitment to find ways to reduce gun violence is common sense by pushing for laws to regulate guns sales, background checks to reduce a criminal from buying a weapon, and Youth Handgun Safety Act to make transfer of a gun or a handgun to a minor illegal when it will be used in a crime to help reduce youth violence.  Also in your role as U.S. attorney for the District of Arizona, I liked on how you pushed for the need to reduce violence against women by prosecuting violent offenders who travel to different states to commit a domestic violence and help women who are victims of violence or abuse get counseling, treatment with therapy that they need to improve mental health.  As Governor of Arizona in 2003-2009, I liked your commitment to be a supporter of Civil Rights to help protect minorities, women, and people with disabilities from being discriminated.  On improving the quality of the environment, I liked on how you supported and pushed for renewable energy like wind, solar, energy efficient products, and biofuel to reduce pollution and even reduce addiction to oil with gas.  On healthcare, I was amazed on your health care reform to improve long-term care for seniors including people with disabilities by finding ways to reduce high prescription cost of medicine, improve nursing homes to make them more efficient on taking care of patients, and expand on programs to help assist seniors including people with disabilities on learning different things and doing activities.  I was amazed by your commitment to improve education by increasing teacher’s pay to help teachers keep their jobs with working on improving their standards and push for voluntary all day kindergarten to help kindergartens get assistance on learning while giving parents an option to choose whether they can decide to allow their children to do full day kindergarten or do a half day kindergarten.  To work hard on finding ways to improve public safety along with finding ways to reduce counter terrorism, I was very proud of you accepting President Obama nomination of being Secretary of Homeland Security.  In your role as Secretary of Homeland Security, I liked on how you worked hard making the department work with state law enforcement and local law enforcement to find ways to reduce crime. Also I was very proud of you working hard to get funding for law enforcement including technology to reduce crime along with advocating for the need for ways to create law enforcement jobs when Congress from both political parties were not keen on the idea of using money to help reduce crime.

President Napolitano, your work on finding ways to reduce crime with protecting people who are different from being discriminated or targeted by a hate crime got me very interested in taking an Intro to Criminal Justice class at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In the class, I got to learn about how the courts work, Miranda laws, law enforcement, different ways to reduce crime along with violence, and learn different ideas of reform to the system to reduce crime while protecting people’s civil liberties.  My instructor was very helpful and worked with me on creating ideas to reform the criminal justice system like have treatment programs with community services for non-violent offenders including juveniles with drug users to help rehabilitate them, have educational programs to address the need to reduce drug abuse, gun violence, and sexual assault, have regulations on gun sales including background checks to reduce gun violence, and expand on mental health programs including counseling to help victims of crime or people with mental health issue in order to improve public safety.  Also your work as Governor of Arizona helped me get interested in history to understand the need to make society better by having Civil Rights to reduce discrimination, protect the environment to reduce pollution with improving public health, and many others.

                  I strongly believe that you made a great difference for history with finding ways to make society better, assisting women including victims of crime get the care they need, and working hard to reduce crime in your role as attorney, U.S. Attorney of Arizona, Governor of Arizona, and as Secretary of Homeland Security.  Even though Congress was difficult to work with I’m proud of your commitment to work hard with President Obama to make a difference in our country.  Thanks for taking the time to read my letter, working hard to make a difference, and inspiring me to be interested in learning law, history, and the criminal justice system. I wish you well on your role as President of University of California where you can use ideas to make a difference.


Matthew B. Winick

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