Thursday, March 8, 2018

Idaho State House Minority Leader Mat Erpelding


State House Minority Leader Mat Erpelding
c/o Idaho Legislature
State Capitol
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID  83720-0038

Dear State Minority Leader Erpelding,

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 to make Civil Rights stronger to reduce discrimination, protect the environment from pollution, and many others.  State Minority Leader Erpelding, the main reason I’m writing you a letter is to explain how I find your role as Idaho State House Minority Leader to be very inspiring to me.

In your current role as Idaho State House Minority Leader, I’m very proud on how you are a continuous strong supporter of Civil Rights by advocating for people with disabilities’ rights, expressing the need for equal pay for women, pushing to expand laws to combat against hate-crime to protect minorities, and supporting LGBT rights.  Your approach on protecting the environment by supporting renewable energy projects to help reduce addiction to oil with gas, support the need to keep oil including gas industries accountable when they pollute the environment which endangers people, and providing funds to help clean up water resources including parks to make them safe for people to use is common sense.  On social justice, I like your continuous advocacy for the need for laws to make law enforcement reduce racial profiling to protect minorities from being targeted, support the need for immigration reform to protect immigrants including refugees from being persecuted without probable cause, and push for need for treatment programs to help drug-users get the care they need.  Even though the state legislature has been making it hard for education reform including economic growth and health care, I’m really proud on how you are continuing supporting the need to fund special education to help students with disabilities get help on their education, expressing the need for job-training programs to help train youth including workers to develop job-skills to help prepare them for the economy, and pushing for the need for healthcare to help veterans, children, and people with pre-existing conditions get the care they need or medical help.  Another thing that I like about your role as Idaho State House Minority Leader is how you are a strong supporter of the need for campaign finance reform to reduce money from corporations to elections including political campaigns to reduce corruption in election, support the idea of the need to ban gifts to public officials form lobbyist, and introduce The Office of The Inspector General legislation to investigate any public official who is accused of corruption, create an independent office form the government with provide a protective place for employees to file a concern about fraud or other issues,  and to protect taxpayers money to reduce fraud with abuse. 

Idaho State House Minority Leader Erpelding, 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 continuous support of Civil Rights including people with disabilities’ rights really inspires me to work hard on my disability.  On The New Deal website about Progressive leaders ranging from state legislatures, U.S. Mayors, attorneys, and other public officials, I enjoy learning about your work as a progressive with basic principles. Also on the website, I really liked on how you explained the need to conservation of public lands to protect them from being polluted, support renewable energy sources to reduce pollution while protect the environment, expand on Civil Rights legislation.  Another thing is I enjoyed watching you on You tube  explaining about your bill to create The Office of The Inspector General because I liked on how you explain the need to reduce corruption in government including public officials and did an excellent job emphasizing the need to improve integrity while reduce abuse on tax-payers money. Your role as Idaho State House Minority Leader motivates me to continue to my interest in learning history with public policy. My future goal is to someday work in history where I can emphasize the need to make Civil Rights stronger, protect the environment from pollution, have ethics reform to reduce corruption, and many others.      

I strongly believe that you are making a great difference in the Idaho state legislature.  Even though it is difficult to push for common sense ideas, I’m very proud on how you are working hard to push for great ideas.  You have inspired me to work hard on my disability, have an interest in learning more about your progressive principles,  and be motivated to learn more history with public policy.  I was wondering if you could please share what it is like being state house minority leader.  Thanks for taking the time to read my letter, working hard to support common sense ideas, and inspiring me.  I wish you well to continue to advocate for great ideas.


Matt Winick

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