Thursday, December 7, 2017

Mayor Elizabeth Kautz of Burnsville, Minnesota

Mayor Elizabeth B. Kautz
c/o Office of The Mayor
City of Burnsville
100 Civic Center Parkway
Burnsville, MN  55337
Dear Mayor Kautz,

My name is Matt Winick from Ann Arbor, Michigan with a strong interest in learning history, social justice, and 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 social justice to make society a better place for people, and many others. Mayor Kautz, the main reason I’m writing you a letter is to explain how I find your work as Mayor of Burnsville Minnesota and your previous role as President of The U.S. Conference of Mayors to be very inspiring to me.

In your current role as Mayor of Burnsville, Minnesota, I’m very proud on how you are a strong supporter of Civil Rights by advocating for people with disabilities’ rights, supporting funds to help women including minorities businesses compete in the economy, pushing for laws to combat against hate-crime to help protect minorities including people who are different, and expressing the need for equal pay for women to protect them from being discriminated in pay.  Expanding job-training programs to help train youth including workers or people who are unemployed develop job-skills to help prepare them for the work force and encouraging businesses to hire women, minorities, people with disabilities to work for them and working with businesses to develop safe working conditions are great ways to improve the economy while make them safe for people to work. I really like your commitment to protect the environment from pollution by supporting renewable energy projects to help reduce addiction to oil with gas, expanding environmental educational awareness programs to help educate citizens about the need to protect the environment, and working with city services to push for funds to help keep parks including water resources along with wetlands clean to make them safe for people to use.  On education,  I like on how you work to improve special education in schools to help students with disabilities get the educational accommodations they need to learn,  push for after school programs for youth to get help on their assignments from tutors or get them involve in recreation program to keep them from turning to crime,  and create Burnsville Youth Garage, a center where it provides educational awareness about the need to reduce drug use including violence along with bullying.  Another thing that I like about work as Mayor of Burnsville, Minnesota is how you push for more emergency services training programs to help train people who work in emergency services like paramedics including firefighters to handle different situations,  work with minorities communities including law enforcement to find ways to reduce racial profiling while push for community policing, and implement drug treatment programs to help drug users get the care they need to reduce drug addiction.  When you served a President of The U.S. Conference of Mayors, I really liked on how you worked with different U.S. Mayors from different political affiliation on creating common sense ideas like improving Civil Rights,  combating against climate change,  fixing social justice, and many others.

Mayor Kutz, I have autism with a learning disability. Having a disability is hard for me because I have trouble comprehending on learning different advance subjects, 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.  Your previous work as President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors got me really interested in learning about the organization and their goals to improve society by reading articles along with watch Youtube videos of their conference.  Also The U.S. Conference of Mayors, the members of the organization, and the U.S. Mayors who are participants of this group really inspires me to work hard on my disability and have an interest in learning about US Mayors including their work.  Your current role as Mayor of Burnsville, Minnesota motivates me to continue to learn history, social justice, and public policy. My future goal is to someday to work in history or in public policy to help emphasize the need to make Civil Rights stronger, protect the environment, improve social justice, and many others.

I strongly believe that you are making a great difference for society in your current role. I’m very proud on how you work hard when you served as President of the US.. Conference of Mayors on improving society including building  coalition with different U.S. Mayors to push for common sense ideas.  You have inspired me to work hard on my disability,  be interested in learning about the U.S. Conference of Mayors including their goals, and to be motivated to continue to learn history including many other subjects. I was wondering if you could please share some advice about working hard a disability and to explain what it was like being president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. I wish you well to continue to work hard to common sense ideas  a better place for society.

Matt Winick

City of Burnsville Coin

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