Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mayor Setti Warren of Newton Massachusetts

Mayor Setti Warren
c/o Office of the Mayor
City Hall
1000 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton Centre, MA  02459
Dear Mayor Warren,

My name is Matt Winick from Ann Arbor, Michigan with a strong interest in learning history with public policy. In these subjects, I like to learn the need for Civil rights to be stronger to reduce discrimination, protect the environment from pollution, improve public safety, and many others. Mayor Warren, the main reason I’m writing you a letter is to explain how I find your work as Mayor of Newton, Massachusetts to be very inspiring to me.

 In January 2010, I was amazed on how you made history by becoming the first African American to become Mayor in Massachusetts.  I’m very proud on how are a strong supporter of protecting women, minorities, and people with disabilities from being discriminated in education and public places.  Also on Civil Rights, I really appreciate on how you are an advocate for people with disabilities’ rights,  push for the need to make Newton, Massachusetts to be a sanctuary city to help protect immigrants including refuges from being oppressed,  support funds to help women including minorities businesses to help them compete in the economy,  express support for LGBT rights, and emphasize the need for equal pay for women.  Expanding on job-training programs to help train youth including workers to develop job-skills to help prepare them for the economy, creating an initiative “Economic Growth for All” to find ways to help people who are poor including find ways to improve housing with other economic issues, and encouraging businesses to hire women, minorities, and people with disabilities to work are great ways to improve the economy.  On social justice, I like on how you are continuing to work with law enforcement to reduce racial profiling to protect minorities or immigrants, from being persecuted without probable cause and establishing the Empath pilot program to help people who are low-income with children get access to housing, and pushing for treatment programs to help drug-users get the care they need so they won’t get addicted again.  Your approach on protecting the environment while sustaining it like cutting down unhealthy trees including replant healthy ones to improve “The Garden City” city lifestyle, pushing for renewable energy sources to reduce addiction to oil with gas, launching new-community-share solar program to provide low-income families with energy efficient products for their homes to reduce high energy cost, and providing funds to clean with maintain parks including water resources to keep them safe for people to use are great ways to protect the environment.   Fund special education to help students with disabilities get educational resources or accommodations they need to learn, push for funds for arts including diversity classes to make learning diverse for people to learn, and expand after school programs to help youth get help on their assignments is common sense to improve education reform.    Another thing that I like about your role as Mayor of Newton, MA is how you are working to improve public safety by fixing potholes on roads including expanding bike paths including sidewalks to keep pedestrians safe and preserving with restoring historical sites to make learning a better place.

Mayor Warren, 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 your continuous advocacy for people with disabilities’ rights really inspires me to work hard on my disability.   Another thing is your work on finding ways to improve on social justice drives me to have an interest in learning the importance of the need to improve social justice by watching documentaries including read some short articles that focus on the need to create programs to help people who are poor or low-income,  the need for criminal justice reform, and many others. Another thing is your work as Mayor of  Newton, Massachusetts motivates me to continue my interest in learning history with public policy. My future goals are to continue to learn how different U.S. Mayors including you work hard to make a great impact, visit some historical sites or attractions to help me engage in learning, and write to more U.S. Mayors to explain how I find their work to be very inspiring to me. My letter is also a gift to you for inspiring me and to wish you a Happy Birthday for May 15th.

I strongly believe that you are making a great difference in your current role. I recently heard that you decided not to run for re-election, however I strongly believe that you really made a great difference on social justice, Civil Rights, environmental protection, and many others. You have inspired me to work hard on my disability, learn the importance of social justice, and to continue my interest in learning different subjects. Thanks for taking the time to read my letter, working hard to make a great difference, and inspiring me.  I wish you well to continue to make a positive impact on society before you leave office.

Matt Winick

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