Saturday, August 18, 2018

Honorable John Sharp from Texas

Honorable John Sharp
c/o Office of the Chancellor
The Texas A&M University System
Moore/Connally Building
301 Tarrow Street, 7th Floor
College Station, TX  77840-7896

Dear Honorable Sharp,

My name is Matt Winick from Ann Arbor, Michigan with a strong interest in learning history with social justice.  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. Honorable Sharp, the main reason I’m writing you a letter is to explain how I find your work in the Texas state legislature and your work as 14th Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System to be very inspiring to me.

When you served as Member of the Texas House of Representatives from the 40th District from 1979-1982 and as Member o the Texas Senate from the 18th District from 1982-1987, I truly appreciated on how you were a strong supporter of Civil Rights by advocating for people with disabilities’ rights, working with other state legislature to expand laws to combat against hate-crime to help protect minorities including people who are different, and supporting funds for women including minorities businesses to help them compete in the economy.  On the economy, I liked on how advocated for the need to raise the minimum wage to help minimum wage workers afford to live and supported expanding on job-training programs to help train youth including workers to develop work-skills to help prepare for the workforce.  Supporting funds for renewable energy resources to help reduce addiction to oil with gas and working to provide funds to improve city services to help clean parks including water resources to make them safe for people to use is common sense to protect the environment.  In your role as Member of Texas Railroad Commission from 1987-1991, I really liked on how you worked on improving railroad safety to help protect trains from accidents,  reforming the state trucking regulations to help protect people who drive trucks have a safe working conditions,  and strongly advocate for the need for biofuel or alternative energy for vehicles to help reduce co2 emissions.  As 35th Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts from 1991-1999, I was amazed on how you pushed for reforms like the Texas Performance Review, to audit on state government to review spending, The Texas Tomorrow Fund, a pre-paid college tuition plan to help Texas families who are low-income secure a future for their children to go to college,  Texas Window on State Government to improve the Texas State Comptroller’s agency to help citizens engage with the agency to gain access to different information, and Family Pathfinders, an initiative to help families who are on welfare to connect with local civic clubs, congregations, and businesses to help them get jobs or get into a job-training program.  In your current position as 14th Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, I like on how you work on improving diversity by hiring women, minorities, and people with disabilities to work for the campus,  supporting funds to expand on grants to expand on research programs to help college students get involve more in education with learning, and many others.

Honorable Sharp, 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.  Also your role in Texas politics gives me motivation to continue to learn history with social justice. My future goal is to someday work in these areas to help emphasize the need to make Civil Rights to be stronger to reduce discrimination, protect the environment from pollution, and many others.   Also back in March 2018, I enjoyed visiting College Station Texas to see the campus and visit the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum where I had fun learning about President Bush’s life with his presidency.

I strongly believe that you made a great difference in the Texas public service. I’m proud of how you worked hard to support Civil Rights, protect the environment from pollution, and push for common sense reform.  You have inspired me to work hard on my disability and be motivated to learn history with social justice. Thanks for taking the time to read my letter, working hard to improve society through your service in public service, and inspiring me. I wish you the best to continue to advocate and push for common sense ideas.


Matt Winick

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