Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Former Mayor Nina Jonas of Ketchum, Idaho


Mayor Nina Jonas
c/o Office of the Mayor
City Hall
P.O. Box 2315
480 East Avenue N.
Ketchum, ID  83340

Dear Mayor Jonas,

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 understand the importance of making Civil Rights stronger to reduce discrimination, protect the environment from pollution, improve public safety, and many others. Mayor Jonas, the main reason I’m writing you a letter is to explain how I find your work as Mayor of Ketchum, Idaho to be very inspiring to me.

In January 2014, I was amazed on how you made history by becoming the first woman to become Mayor of Ketchum, Idaho.  In your current role as Mayor of Ketchum, Idaho, I’m very proud on how you are a strong supporter of Civil Rights by advocating for people with disabilities’ rights, expressing the need for women to have equal pay in the workforce, and pushing for laws to combat against hate-crime to help protect minorities including people who are different.   On education, I like on how you support improving special education to help students with disabilities get educational resources they need, push for after school programs to help youth get help on their assignments including get them active on recreational programs, and expand reading literacy programs to help students improve on reading comprehension.  On social justice, I like on how you express the need for law enforcement to reduce racial profiling to help protect minorities and support the idea of the need to help provide immigrants including refugees a safe haven in order to protect them form being oppressed.  Expanding on job-training programs to help youth including workers to develop job-skills to help them prepare for the work force and provide tax-credits to small businesses including local businesses to help them be part of the community is common sense to improve the economy.  On the environment, I like on how you are a continuous supporter of reducing climate change with reduction of pollution by joining Mayors National Climate Action Agenda with different U.S. Mayors in different cities from both political parties or are non-partisan to find ways to promote renewable energy to reduce addiction to oil with gas, supporting renewable energy projects to help reduce addiction to oil with gas while protect the environment, and working with city services to help clean up parks with water resources to make them safe for people to use.  

Mayor Jonas, 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 including people with disabilities’ rights really inspires me to work hard on my disability.  On Youtube “Mayor of Ketchum Interview- Nina Jonas”, I enjoyed learning about your goals to improve society in your role as Mayor.  Also your current role as Mayor of Ketchum, Idaho motivates me to continue to learn history including public policy. My future goal is to someday work in history in order to emphasize the need to make Civil Rights stronger, the need to protect the environment, and ideas to improve social justice.

I strongly believe that you are making a great difference in your current role.  I’m very proud on how you made history by becoming the first woman to become Mayor of Ketchum, Idaho. Also I appreciate on how you are working with different U.S. Mayors on combating against Climate Change, protect Civil Rights, and many others in order to improve society.  I was wondering if you could please take the time  to share with me your goals that you are working on in your current term and explain what Ketchum, Idaho is like.  Thanks for taking the time to read my letter,  working hard to make a difference for society, and inspiring me.  I wish you well to continue to make a great difference and to make a great impact with other U.S. Mayors to make society a better place.


Matt Winick

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