Monday, February 13, 2017

Former U.S. Senator Gary Hart from Colorado

U.S. Senator Gary Hart
PO Box 461
Kittredge, CO  80457

Dear U.S. Senator Hart,

My name is Matthew Winick from Ann Arbor, Michigan with a strong interest in learning history including public policy.  In these subjects, I like to learn the need to make Civil Rights stronger to reduce discrimination, protect the environment from pollution, have checks and balances in civil liberties while reduce crime, and have government reform with campaign finance reform to reduce corruption.  U.S. Senator Hart, the main reason I’m writing you a letter is because I find your work as U.S. Senator from Colorado to be very inspiring to me.

When you served in the U.S. Senate from 1975-1987, I liked on how you were a strong supporter of Civil Rights to help protect women, minorities, and people with disabilities from being discriminated in education and public places. Also on Civil Rights, I was very proud on how you supported expanding Civil Rights Act to help continue to help protect minorities including African Americans from being discriminated, advocating for people with disabilities’ rights, expressing your support for the Equal Rights Amendment to help protect women from being discriminated based on gender even though it didn’t pass, supporting funds for women including minorities businesses to help them compete in the economy.  On women’s issues, I like on how you supported women’s right to choose, expand on healthcare for women to get the care they need, push for programs to help women who are victims of domestic violence or are drug-users get treatment they need or help from law enforcements resources.   Protecting national parks by providing funds to help preserve them with clean them from toxic chemicals, supporting funds for renewable energy projects to help reduce addiction to oil with gas, and pushing for education grants to environmental science to help teach people about the benefits of the environment along with the need to protect it from pollution are great ways to protect the environment.  On bipartisanship, I was amazed on how you worked with moderate-liberal Republican Charles Mathias from Maryland on the Semiconductor Chip Protection Act of 1984 which is  to protect computer chips from being illegally copy without permission along with protecting from foreign companies to copy it.  During the Church Committee, I very proud on how you worked with Senator Frank Church of Idaho (Chairman of the Church Committee), Republican Senator John Tower (Vice Chairman of Church Committee), and 8 U.S. Senators from both political parties on investigating illegal activities by the CIA, NSA, and FBI and even investigate the Assassination of President JFK with how the agency handled the investigation and many others . Another thing that I was proud on the Church Committee recommended ideas like the need for better protection on civil liberties like the 4th amendment to protect people from unreasonable searches, 6th Amendment to have a right to a fair trial with knowing what you are charged with, express the need to protect whistleblowers from being persecuted, and many others.  Your ideas in the 1984 Presidential campaign like the need for campaign finance reform to reduce corruption in elections,  make Civil Rights stronger to reduce discrimination,  withdraw U.S. troops  from Central America to end the endless conflict are great ideas and I was proud on how you expressed those ideas even though you withdrew from the race. After you  left the U.S. Senate, I liked on how you continue to advocate for the need for campaign finance reform to reduce special interest groups including corporations from donating to campaigns in order to make elections fairer,  express the need for ethics reform to reduce corruption, support the need for Civil Rights including people with disabilities’ rights, and many others.  

U.S. Senator Hart, 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.  Your role in the Church Committee and your advocacy for the need for better protection for Civil Liberties motivated me to work on writing an argumentative  essay about how the Patriot Act does more harm than good with how it violates civil liberties and taught me the importance of how civil liberties are important in our democracy.  Also your work as U.S. Senator from Colorado motivates me to be really interested in continue my interest in learning history and public policy.  My future goal is to someday work in public policy to help shape up common sense ideas to make society including laws a better place.

I strongly believe that you made a great difference when you served in the U.S Senate.  I’m also proud on how you worked hard to make great achievements and continue to advocate for great ideas. U.S. Senator Hart, you have truly inspired me  to work hard on my disability, continue my interest in learning history with public policy, and to be motivated to learn the need for better protection on civil liberties.  Here is a picture of me  and a copy of my essay about how the Patriot Act  does more harm than good as a gift to you for inspiring me. I hope you enjoy my letter and my essay. Thanks for taking the time to read my letter including my essay, making great achievements for our country, and inspiring me. I wish you well for the future and to continue to make a great difference.


Matthew B. Winick

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