President George W. Bush
c/o Office of George W. Bush
P.O. Box 259000
Dallas, TX 75225-9000
Dear President Bush Jr.,
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, protect the environment from pollution, and many others. President Bush, the main reason I’m writing you a letter is to explain how I find some of your achievements as 43rd President of United States to be very inspiring to me and share with you on how your father George H.W. Bush made a great impact on me.
When you were 43rd President of the United States, I liked on how you worked hard to protect the ADA of 1990 which is to help protect people with disabilities from being discriminated in education including public places from being weakened by Congress in both political parties. On Civil Rights, I liked on how you continue to advocate for people with disabilities’ rights, work together with Asian American communities to find ways to help Asian Americans including Asian Americans with disabilities get the help they need, and work to help minorities including women get into job-training programs. Another thing is I liked on how you tried to push for law to help people with autism get health insurance even though Congress including your own political party weren’t willing to support this idea, expanded funds for research to combat against AIDS, and signed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act to protect Americans against discrimination based on their genetic information when it comes to health insurance. On other legislations I liked on how you had the courage to sign the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act to reduce dark money from special interest groups or corporations in campaigns including elections and sign the Sarbanes-Oxely Act to make U.S. public companies including public firms disclosure their financial statements to reduce abuse on taxpayer’s money or reduce fraud. Signing the Great Lakes Legacy Act of 2002 to allow the federal government including the EPA to clean up pollution or other contaminated things in the Great Lakes in Michigan, putting Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act in to law to clean up abandon industrial sites including brownfields to improve public health while create jobs including protect the environment is common sense to protect the environment. Also I was very proud on how you really expressed the need for immigration reform like support the idea of the Dream Act to allow children born under illegal immigrants have a pathway to citizenships, support protection of refugees that are escaping from oppressive countries, and have the guest worker program including student visa programs to encourage immigrants to work for our country or attend school.
President Bush Jr., 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 supporter of Civil Rights and your continuous advocacy for people with disabilities’ rights including protecting the ADA of 1990 really inspires me to work hard on my disability. Your father President George H.W. Bush’s support for the ADA of 1990 helped benefit me to get an education and to be protected from being discriminated based on a disability. In education the ADA of 1990 helped provided accommodations like extra time on exams, have a tutor or T.A. help me learn different subjects, have a recorder or other educational software to help improve on comprehension including improve on note-taking, have special education help provide me with accommodations that I needed. This legislation helped me get an education from elementary school through my community college (Washtenaw Community College) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I’m grateful for George H.W. Bush’s support for the ADA of 1990 and you for defending it along with advocating for people with disabilities. I enjoyed reading Portraits of Courage about your oil paintings where it covers American citizens who make a great difference in our country. Also I wanted say that President Jimmy Carter, President George H.W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, you, and President Barack Obama are my greatest influential heroes to me because I liked on how all of you despite your own political party were strong supporters of Civil Rights including people with disabilities’ rights, protecting the environment, support immigration reform, and many others.
Even though there were some decisions that were hard to make, I ‘m very proud on how you made some significant achievements like provide funds to clean The Great Lakes, support Civil Rights including people with disabilities’ rights, express the need for immigration reform, and many others. President Bush Jr. you have made a great impact on me to continue to learn history, work hard on autism, and expand protection of people with disabilities’ rights that helps benefit me to be protected from being discriminated. Also I appreciate your wife Laura Bush on her commitment to help improve education, expand on Civil Rights, and many others. Here is my story of my life with a disability called The Kid With No Words where I dedicate many influentials including you. Also I want to send my thoughts and prayers for your father George H.W. Bush to remain strong. I hope my letter and my story can give you comfort on how you and your father made a great difference along with the other Presidents like Carter, Clinton, and Obama. Thanks for taking the time to read my letter including my story, making some great achievements, and inspiring me. Here is a picture of me and please feel free to share this with your father and Ms. Laura Bush and I hope that it can give you motivation to paint a picture of me. Please continue to advocate for common sense ideas when your own political party gets too extreme.
Matthew B. Winick