Saturday, June 20, 2020

Former U.S. Senator Bob Packwood from Oregon

 U.S. Senator Bob Packwood
c/o Sunrise Research Corporation
Suite C
3227 Sutton Place, NW
Washington, D.C.  20016

Dear U.S. Senator Packwood,

My name is Matthew Winick from Ann Arbor, Michigan with a strong interest in learning history and 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.  U.S. Senator Packwood, the main reason I’m writing you a letter is to explain how I find your work as former U.S. Senator from Oregon to be very inspiring to me.

When you served in U.S. Senate from 1969-1995, I liked on how you were a strong supporter of Civil Rights by advocating for people with disabilities’ rights, supporting Civil Rights legislation to help protect minorities including women from being discriminated in public places.  Another thing on Civil Rights that I really liked was on how you joined Democrats including moderate Republicans to support The American with Disabilities’ Act of 1990 to help protect people with disabilities from being discriminated in public places including education and voted in favor of the Civil Rights Act of 1991 to help protect women including minorities along with people with disabilities from being discriminated in employment jobs.  Voting in favor of The Clean Air Act of 1990 to require industries to burn clean fuel while push for research in ways to reduce air pollution, supporting funds for renewable energy resources, and pushing for the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area Act to help protect Hells Canyon, a river gorge around Oregon to help protect it from being polluted is common sense.    Another thing that I liked about your work in the U.S. Senate was how you were a strong supporter of women’s rights like have the right to choose and advocate for campaign finance reform to reduce money in elections from corporations or lobbying groups to reduce corruption.

U.S. Senator Packwood, 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.  The ADA of 1990 that you supported helped benefit me to get an education and to be protected from being discriminated.   In education the ADA of 1990 helped provide accommodations in elementary school through Washtenaw Community College like extra time on exams, have a tutor or a T.A. work with me on assignments, use a recorder including educational software to help improve my comprehension with note-taking, and have special education programs to help set up accommodations.  In May 2014, I was able to get an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan. My main focus in my liberal arts is history, government, some business, some science, and criminal justice. In the future I hope that I can work in a history area to help emphasize the need to make Civil Rights stronger, protect the environment, and many others.     

I strongly believe that you made a great difference in the U.S. Senate. Also I liked on how you were a moderate Republican on supporting women’s rights, advancing Civil Rights, and protecting the environment. Even though I still face many challenges with a disability your support for the ADA of 1990 helped make a great impact on my life. You inspire me to work hard on my disability and to continue to learn different subjects. Thanks for taking the time to read my letter, making a difference in the U.S. Senate, and inspiring me.


Matthew B. Winick

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