Monday, November 28, 2016

Honorable Bill White from Houston, Texas

The Honorable Bill White
c/o Lazard Freres & Co. LLC
600 Travis Street, Suite 2300
Houston, TX  77002

Dear Honorable White,

My name is Matt Winick from Ann Arbor, Michigan and I have a strong interest in learning history and public policy. In these subjects I like to learn the need to make Civil Rights stronger to help protect people who are different from being discriminated, protect the environment from pollution, and many others.  Honorable White, the main reason I’m writing you a letter is because I find your work as 60th Mayor of Houston, Texas to be very inspiring to me.

When you served as 60th Mayor of Houston Texas, I was very proud on how you are a strong supporter of Civil Rights to help protect women, minorities, and people with disabilities from being discriminated in education, public places, and jobs.  Also on Civil Rights, I liked on how you supported funding women including minorities businesses to help them compete in the economy, advocated for people with disabilities’ rights, supported the need for women to have equal pay, and expanded laws to combat against hate-crime to help protect people who are different.  During the Hurricane Katrina, I was amazed on how you had the courage to give residents of New Orleans along with victims of the disasters to shelter in Houston including implement programs to help assist them to find jobs, get an education, and provide them with the care they need.  As a result of this, I was very proud on how you won The John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for being committed to help people.  Also when Hurricane Rita came to Houston, I liked on how you worked hard to help citizens of Houston find shelter including give them tips on how to prepare themselves during the hurricane.   In order to reduce obesity rate, I liked on how you created Mayor’s Wellness Council research ways to reduce obesity rates and launched Get Moving Houston program to encourage fitness programs along with educational awareness about nutrition.  Funding renewable energy projects to reduce addiction to oil with gas, launching Benzene Action Plan to monitor benzene emissions along with reduce it in the air to improve public health, providing funds to clean up parks with water resources to make them safe for people to use, pushing for Stop Trashing Houston program to help teach people about the need to reduce littering, and encouraging businesses along with industries to energy efficient products to reduce high energy cost while protect the environment is common sense to make the environment a better place for people, the economy, and public health.  On education reform, I like your approach to improving it like establish Expectation Graduation to have flexibility on requirements to help reduce high school drop-out rates, fund special education to help students with disabilities get the educational resources they need, expand funds on arts including history to make education diverse, and implement after school programs to help youth get help on their assignments or provide recreation programs to help them from getting involve in crime.  On the economy, I like on how you pushed for job-training programs to help train youth along with workers to improve their work skills to help prepare them for the workforce, reduce property taxes on middle class including low-income people to help them afford a home, and reduce high fees on small businesses to help them be part of the community.   

Honorable White, I have Autism with a learning disability. Having it 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 inspire me to work hard on my disability.  Your record on protecting the environment motivated me to be interested in becoming a volunteer at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, a children science museum where I work with other volunteers to teach children about the need to protect the environment through hands-on demonstrations and watch different documentaries about the need to protect the environment along with learn different ideas to reduce pollution.  Your role as 60th Mayor of Houston motivates me to continue my interest in learning history including public policy.  My future goal is to someday work in public policy to find ways to create common sense ideas to make society better.

Honorable White, I strongly believe that you made a great difference as 60th Mayor of Houston on different issues.  I’m very proud on how you worked hard to make a difference for society through reform and having the courage to help the victims of hurricane. You have inspired me to work hard on my disability, be interested in becoming a volunteer, and continue my interest in history with public policy. Here is a picture of me as a gift to you for inspiring me. I was wondering if you could please share with me your favorite achievements as Mayor of Houston and your advice about public policy or reducing the national debt.  Thanks for taking the time to read my letter, working hard to make great achievements, and inspiring me. I wish you well for the future and to continue to advocate for great common sense ideas to make society better.


Matt Winick

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