Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Former Governor Mike Leavitt of Utah

Governor Michael O. Leavitt
c/o Leavitt Partners LLC
299 South Main Street, Suite 2300
Salt Lake City, Utah  84111-2278
Dear Governor Leavitt,

My name is Matthew Winick from Ann Arbor, Michigan with a strong interest in studying history and learning on how people’s ideas or work help make a great difference for society. The main reason I have a strong interest in learning these subjects is to learn the need to advance on Civil Rights to protect people who are different from being discriminated, have healthcare reform to help people with pre-existing conditions or who need to get the care they need, protect the environment from pollution by supporting renewable alternative energy including implementing environmental protection and many others. Governor Leavitt, I find your work as a moderate Republican 14th Governor of Utah and later as EPA Administrator to be very inspiring to me.

When you served as 14th Governor of Utah, I liked on your commitment to making Civil Rights stronger by being a supporter of protecting women., minorities, and people with disabilities from being discriminated in public, jobs, and education.  Another thing on Civil Rights that I liked was on how you express the need for an Equal Rights Amendment to help protect women from being discriminated based on gender even though it didn’t pass the state legislatures.   On healthcare, I was amazed on how you were able to work with the state legislatures on passing “Healthprint”, a health care reform bill to help children get covered on getting the medical care they need, help people who live in rural areas get coverage, and adding other people in Utah with pre-existing conditions to it so they can get the treatment they need. Your advocacy on the need for technology like educational software for education use to help students with illiteracy problems or who have a disability improve on comprehension with getting the resources they need to learn efficiently and being bipartisan with different governors from both parties like Democratic Governor Roy Romer of Colorado on creating Western Governors University where it was a non-profit school and  having technology with online classes to help students learn better in an educational environment is common sense and a great approach to make education a better learning environment.   To protect the environment, I liked on how you pushed for a ban on nuclear waste dumping in your state to help protect people from being harmed including to improve public safety from the dangers of nuclear and supporting renewable energy including alternative energy like solar, wind, biofuel, and energy efficient products to reduce carbon emissions.  Under your role as EPA Administrator, I was very proud of you for developing a plan to help clean up the Great Lakes from toxic chemicals including other pollutants to help conserve natural resources, improve the economy with tourism, and to make public safety a priority.  Another thing I liked was on how you worked with school buses on promoting with implementing them to run on clean biofuel to reduce air pollution and signing “Clean Air Diesel Rule” to put high standards on diesel fuel including other air pollutants to protect the ozone layer including the air.

I live in Michigan and I was very grateful of you for leading the EPA to clean up the Great Lakes in your role as EPA Administrator because I enjoy visiting the Great Lakes and learning the origin with the history of the Great Lakes. When I visit the Great Lakes, I remind myself on why it is important to protect the environment from pollution and the need for conservation with restoring national parks including historical sites to help teach generations about the way of life and to improve public health.  Governor Leavitt, I have Autism with a learning disability and having it is hard for me because I have trouble comprehending on learning different subjects and sometimes I have trouble communicating with people. The Americans With Disabilities Act helped protected me from being discriminated in education and improve Civil Rights. Even though I still struggle with a disability, your work as Governor of Utah on helping protect people with disabilities including advocating for their rights and supporting educational technology to help improve learning really inspires me to work hard on Autism and to continue using educational technology like a recorder to help improve on note-taking, subtitles when watching documentaries or watching tv, to help me process information with improving on vocabulary, and reading programs including audio programs to help me improve on comprehending.  

Governor Leavitt, I strongly believe that you made a great difference as Governor of Utah and as EPA Administrator on supporting Civil Rights to reduce discrimination, protecting the environment from pollution, having healthcare reform to help people get the medical care they need.  Also I’m proud of you for being a moderate Republican on supporting these issues. You have inspired me to work hard on Autism and to be interested in history with learning the need to protect national parks including public lands in order to learn history and how they play a big part in society. Thanks for taking the time to read my letter, making a great difference for society with your work, inspiring me to continue learning, and cleaning up the Great Lakes to make society better including making Michigan a better place. Please continue advocating for these good ideas including protecting the environment from pollution to help continue making society better.

Matthew B. Winick

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