Thursday, July 27, 2017

Honorable William Hughes of New Jersey


Honorable William Hughes
Stockton University
c/o William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy, L-212
101 Vera King Farris Drive
Galloway, NJ  08205

Dear Honorable Hughes,

My name is Matt Winick from Ann Arbor, Michigan with a strong interest in learning history including public policy. In these subjects, I like to learn the importance of making Civil Rights stronger to reduce discrimination, protecting the environment from pollution, and improving relations with other countries to make world a safe place.  Honorable Hughes, the main reason I’m writing you a letter is to explain how I find your work as U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey’s 2nd District and as U.S. Ambassador o Panama to be very inspiring to me.

When you served as U.S. House of Representative from New Jersey’s 2nd District from 1975-1995, I was very proud on how you were a strong supporter of making Civil Rights stronger by supporting the Americans With Disabilities’ Act of 1990 to help protect people with disabilities from being discriminated in jobs, public places including education and voting in favor of the Civil Rights Act of 1991 to help protect minorities including women form being discriminated in jobs, and pushing for resources to help law enforcement agencies to combat against hate-crime.   On the environment, I liked on how you sponsored legislation to prohibit ocean dumping like sewage sludge including toxic chemicals to protect beaches with protect people including marine life from pollution, supported The Clean Air Act of 1990 to require cleaning burning fuel in industries to reduce air pollution, push for support for research in renewable energy to reduce addiction to oil with gas.  Another thing that I liked about when you served in Congress was how you created South Jersey Economic Development to create job-training programs to help youth including workers to develop job-skills and expand on aviation programs to help improve airplane safety including train people who fly planes.  Also when you served as Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, I liked on how you worked with Democrats including moderate Republicans to pass laws to combat against drug trafficking, money laundering,  and different forms of fraud. In 1995-1998 as U.S. Ambassador to Panama, I really appreciated on how you worked hard to improve relations between the U.S. and Panama by working with Panama to create a task force with United States Command including Panama military to work on combating against drug-smugglings and expand on The Panama Canal treaty to help give Panama some control while allowing the U.S. to help assist them.

Honorable Hughes, I have autism with a learning disability. Having a disability is hard for me because I have trouble comprehending on learning different subjects when they are advanced, sometimes I struggle to communicate my thoughts, and get teased.  Your commitment to be a strong supporter of Civil Rights including people with disabilities’ rights really inspires me to work hard on my disability. Also your support for the Americans With Disabilities’ Act of 1990 helped benefited me to get an education and to be protected from being discriminated in public places.  In education from elementary school through my community college, the ADA of 1990 helped set up accommodations like extra-time on exams, have a tutor or T.A. help me work on different subjects, have a recorder along with educational software to help improve my comprehension including note-taking skills. In 2014, I was able to receive an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan. My main focus in my degree is history, criminal justice, government, some business, and some science.  Your role as Congressman from New Jersey and as U.S. Ambassador to Panama motivates me to continue to learn history with public policy. The main goals that I want to do is someday in the future work in history to emphasize the importance of making Civil Rights stronger to reduce discrimination, protect the environment from pollution, and many others.

I strongly believe that you made a great difference in Congress and as U.S. Ambassador. I’m very proud on how you worked hard to make Civil Rights stronger, protect the environment, and improve foreign relations. You have really inspired me to work hard on my disability, your support for the ADA of 1990 helped made a great difference, and to continue to learn history. I was wondering if you could reflect on what it was like serving in Congress and as U.S. Ambassador. Thanks for taking the time to read my letter, making a great impact on society, and inspiring me. Please continue to advocate for common sense ideas.

Matt Winick

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