Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Honorable R.T. Rybak of Minnesota

The Honorable R.T. Rybak
President & CEO
c/o  The Minneapolis Foundation
Suite 800
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, MN  55402

Dear Honorable R.T. Rybak,

My name is Matt Winick from Ann Arbor, Michigan and I have a strong interest in learning history with public policy. In these subjects, I like to learn the need to advance on Civil Rights to help protect people who are different from being discriminated,  protect the environment from pollution,  find ways to improve public safety, and many others. Honorable Rybak, the main reason I’m writing you a letter is because I find your work as former Mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota to be very inspiring to me.

When you served as 46th Mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota I was very proud on how you were a strong supporter of Civil Rights to help protect minorities, women, people with disabilities, and LGBT from being discriminated in education and public places. Also on Civil Rights, I liked on how you supported funding women including minorities businesses to help them compete in the economy,  be an advocate for people with disabilities’ rights, support equal pay for women to help protect them from being discriminated based on pay, and express the need to continue to expand on hate-crime legislation to help protect people who are different from people who commit hate-crime on them.  Creating job-training programs to help youth including workers develop job-skills and working with the city including different construction companies to build affordable housing to help people who are low-income or who can’t afford the cost to get shelter are great ways to improve the economy.  On criminal justice reform, I was amazed on how you implement treatment programs to help drug-users including victims of crime get the care they need,  push for minorities, women, and people with disabilities to work for the court system with the law enforcement,  and work with law enforcements and the minorities community to find ways to reduce racial profiling.   Creating Minneapolis Promise to help high school students get educational grants to help prepare them for developing job-skills, Pushing for Step-Up program to provide counselors to help give advice along with help youth develop a plan to help them get a college education or provide them assistance to find a summer job,  and founding Minneapolis Youth Violence Prevention Initiative to expand on funds on to reduce youth involvement in crime like expand afterschool programs to help students get help on their education, promote volunteering programs to help them get engage to fix the community,  and make recreation center available for youth to help reduce them from getting involve in crime are great ways to help make a great difference on youth.  On the environment, I’m very proud on how you supported funding renewable energy projects (renewable energy, solar, wind, and biofuel) to help reduce addiction to oil with gas including reduce pollution, provided funds to help clean up parks, rivers, and drinking water to make them safe for people to use, and encouraged businesses to use energy efficient products to  help reduce high energy cost.

Honorable Rybak, I have Autism with a learning disability. Having a disability is hard for me because I have trouble comprehending on learning different subjects, sometimes I struggle to communicate my thoughts, and get teased. Your commitment to be a strong supporter of Civil Rights and be an advocate for people with disabilities’ rights really inspires me to work hard on my disability.  Also your work as 46th Mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota motivates me to continue my interest in learning future goal is to someday teach history to help people learn the need to make society better. Another thing is I enjoy reading your articles that you write because it does a great job emphasizing the need to protect the environment, make Civil Rights stronger,  how helping youth including people who are low-income can make a great difference, and many others. Your articles that you write are easy for me to comprehend and motivates me to learn about the need to make social justice a better place.

Honorable Rybak, I strongly believe that you made a great difference as Mayor of Minneapolis on different issues. I am very proud on how you work hard to make Civil Rights stronger, make a great difference for  youth, protected the environment, and many others.  You have inspired me to work hard on my disability, continue my passion for history,  and to read your articles. I was wondering if you could please share with me what it was like being Mayor of Minneapolis and explain your favorite achievements. Thanks for taking the time to read my letter, making great achievements, and inspiring me. Here is a picture of me as a gift to you for inspiring me. I hope someday I can get a chance to meet you because you are a true role model for me. I wish you well for the future and to continue to advocate for great ideas to make society a better place.


Matt Winick

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