Saturday, February 25, 2017

Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania

Governor Tom Wolf
c/o Office of the Governor
Main Capitol Building
501 N 3rd Street, Room 225
Harrisburg, PA  17120
Dear Governor Wolf,

My name is Matthew Winick from Ann Arbor, Michigan with 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 help protect people who are different from being discriminated, protect the environment from pollution, and many others. Governor Wolf, I find your work as current 47th Governor of Pennsylvania to be very inspiring to me.

In your current role as 47th Governor of Pennsylvania, I like on how you are a strong supporter of protecting women, minorities, and people with disabilities’ from being discriminated in public places and education.  Also on Civil Rights, I like on how you support funding women including minorities businesses to help them compete in the economy, express the need to have equal pay for women to protect them from being discriminated based on gender, expand laws to combat against hate-crime to help protect people who are different, and advocate for people with disabilities’ rights.   On the environment, I like on how you signed an executive order to ban hydraulic fracturing in state parks to protect the environment along with make water resources safe for people to use and support renewable energy projects (wind, solar, biofuel, and energy efficient products) to reduce addiction to oil with gas.  Signing an executive order to banning gifts to state employees from lobbyist or lobbying groups, advocating for the need for campaign finance reform liked have disclosure to help people know who is donating from a campaign including reduce special interest groups from donating to a campaign to reduce corruption in elections along with public officials is common sense and a great way to reduce corruption.   On women’s rights, I like on how you support a women’s right to choose, expand funding for Planned Parenthood or other health clinics to help assist women to get healthcare, continue to support the need for women to have equal pay, and launch It’s On US PA campaign to expand awareness of the need to reduce sexual assault in schools along with college campuses including provide funds to them to help them have treatment programs or help train law enforcement.  Expanding early childhood education to help young children to develop learning skills, funding special education to help students with disabilities get educational resources they need to learn,  pushing for educational software in schools including colleges to help people or people with literacy problems get help on learning, and signing Fair Funding Formula into law to provide emergency funds to school districts that struggle financially to help them be a safe environment from children are great ways to education reform.  To improve the economy, I like on how you expand job-training programs to help youth including workers to develop job-skills to help prepare them for the workforce, push for programs to encourage women, minorities, and people with disabilities to get jobs, and provide funds to small businesses including industries to make American products to help our economy when free trade policies hurt our country.   Another thing that I like about your work as Governor of Pennsylvania is how you are strong supporter of protecting historical sites including national state parks by providing funds to help make learning a better place and to protect them from being damaged.

Governor Wolf, 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 a strong supporter of people with disabilities’ rights really inspires me to work hard on my disability. Your work on preserving historical sites including state parks motivates me to visit Pennsylvania.  In Pennsylvania, I enjoyed visiting Philadelphia where I visited the Betsy Ross House to learn about the creation of the American flag, see the Liberty Bell to learn about the American Revolution, and see the Ben Franklin historical site to learn about Ben Franklin’s work with how his role during the American Revolution, and The National Constitution Center where I learned about the founding fathers with the history of U.S. Constitution along with the amendments of it.  Also you role as current Governor of Pennsylvania drives me to continue my interest in learning history including public policy.   My future goal is to someday work in history to help make learning a better tool for people.

I strongly believe that you are making a great difference in your current role. I’m proud on how you work hard to make a great difference for society when there are challenges in the political systems.  You have truly inspired me to work hard on my disability, continue my interest in learning history with public policy, and visit Pennsylvania. Thanks for taking the time to read my letter, working hard to make a great difference, and inspiring me. I wish you well in your current role as Governor.   

Matthew B. Winick

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