Monday, May 9, 2016

Honorable Walter F. Mondale

The Honorable Walter Mondale
Member of Advisory Committee
c/o Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission
Suite 801
1629 K Street, NW
Washington, DC  20006
Dear Honorable Mondale,

My name is Matthew Winick from Ann Arbor, Michigan and I have a strong interest in studying history and public policy. The main reason I have a strong interest in studying these subjects is to learn the need to advance on Civil Rights to protect people who are different from being discriminated, protect the environment from pollution, and many others. The main reason I’m writing you a letter is because I find your work as U.S. Senator from Minnesota and as Vice President of The United States under President Jimmy Carter to be very inspiring to me.

When you served in the U.S. Senate from 1964-1976, I liked on how were a strong supporter of advancing Civil Rights to help protect minorities, women, and people with disabilities from being discriminated and pushing to desegregate public schools to end discrimination.   I liked on how you were a chief sponsor of federal Fair Housing Act which ending discrimination in housing and created HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity to make sure that housing follows the law. Also in the U.S. Senate, I liked on how you pushed for the need for fair housing to help the poor get affordable housing and working to support Great Society programs to help give health care to children, expand on food stamps to help the poor, and many others.  On the Church Committee, I liked on how you worked with Senator Frank Church, Senator Gary Hart, Senator Howard Baker, and Senator Charles Mathias on investigating intelligence gathering to see if there was any thing illegal and advocating for the need to protect people’s civil liberties from being violated.   In 1976, I was very proud on you accepting Jimmy Carter to be his vice president and running mate when Jimmy Carter was running for president. In your role as Vice President of United States under President Carter I liked on how you had good working relationship with President Carter, helping him work hard to help our country, advocate for the need to have Equal Rights Amendment to help protect women from being discriminated, and express the need to protect the environment from pollution. Another thing that I liked about your role as Vice President was helping President Carter work on finding ways to improve relations with countries like helping end the war between Egypt and Israel and improving relations with Panama through the Panama Canal Treaty.

In August 2012, I visited Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta Georgia. At the museum I enjoyed learning about President Carter’s life, his achievements as President of U.S., his post presidency, and learning about your life including your role as vice president.  Also the museum got me very interested in President Carter including you and to call both of you my true inspiration to me.  Honorable Mondale, I have Autism with a learning disability. Having a disability is hard for me because I have trouble with comprehending on learning different subjects and sometimes I struggle with communication.  Also I get teased about having it. Your role as U.S. Senator and as Vice President on supporting Civil Rights with being a strong supporter for people with disabilities and President Jimmy Carter’s support for Civil Rights really inspires me to work hard on Autism. You and President Carter really inspire me to continue learning history and studying people who work hard to make a great difference.

Honorable Mondale, I strongly believe that you made a great difference in your role. I’m very proud of you for working hard to make society better and even working with President Carter to work hard on helping our country.  I believe that you and President Carter made a great team.  You have made a great impact on me to continue being interested in history, visiting The Jimmy Carter Presidential Museum and Library, and working hard on Autism.  Here is a story of my life about working hard on my disability called “The Kids With No Words” where I dedicate you and President Carter for making a great impact on me. I hope you get a chance to read it. Thanks for taking the time to read my letter, working hard to make a great difference, and inspiring me. I hope I get a chance to meet you and President Carter.


Matthew B. Winick

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