Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Honorable Joe Frank Harris of Georgia (78th Governor of Georgia )



Honorable Joe Frank Harris                                    

22 Pembroke Ln

Cartersville, GA  30120

Dear Honorable Harris,


My name is Matt Winick from Ann Arbor, Michigan and I have a strong interest in learning history including social justice. In these subjects, I like to learn the need to make Civil Rights stronger to reduce discrimination, protect the environment form pollution, and many others. Honorable Harris, the main reason I’m writing you a letter is to explain how I find your work when you served as 78th Governor of Georgia to be very inspiring to me.


When you served as 78th Governor of Georgia from 1983-1991, I truly appreciated on how you were a strong supporter of Civil Rights by advocating for people with disabilities’ rights, expanding laws to combat against hate-crime to help protect minorities including people who are different, and funding women including minorities businesses to help them compete in the economy.  Also on Civil Rights, I liked on how you tried to push for the Equal Rights Amendment to help protect women from being discriminated based on gender even though the state legislature weren’t supportive of it.  On the economy, I like on how you advocated for the need to raise the minimum wage to help minimum wage workers afford to live and implemented job-training programs to help train youth including workers develop work-skills to help prepare for the work force.  Funded special education to help assist students with disabilities to get accommodations they need to learn, pushed for literacy programs to help students including people who improve on their comprehension,  and implemented the Quality Basic Education Act to help provide funds to improve schools including schools in rural area with education supplies including fix the schools is common sense for education reform.  To protect the environment, I liked on how you supported funds to help clean parks including water resources to make them safe for people to use, worked with both political parties in the state legislature to provide local cities including rural areas to help clean parks including water resources or coastal parks from being polluted, and express support for renewable energy to reduce addiction to oil with gas.  Another thing that I liked about your work as Governor of Georgia was how you worked to hire women, minorities, and people with disabilities to work for the state government and pushed for more drug treatment program to help drug-users get the care they need to reduce drug-abuse.


Honorable Harris, 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.  A few years ago I visited Atlanta Georgia where I visited  the Atlanta History Center to learn history about Atlanta Georgia,  the MLK site where I learned about MLK’s life on Civil Rights, and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Museum where I learned about President Carter’s life including his presidency. On my trip when I visited the Atlanta History Center there was a special exhibit  about your work as Governor of Georgia and I had fun learning about how you made a difference in Georgia. Your role as  78th Governor of Georgia give me some motivation to continue to learn history including social justice. My future goal is to someday work in these areas to help emphasize the need to make civil rights stronger to reduce discrimination, protect the environment to reduce pollution,  and many others.


I strongly believe that you made a great difference when you served in public service.  I’m very proud on how you work hard to support Civil Rights, protect the environment, push for education reform, and many others.  You have inspired me to work hard on my disability, learn about your work in public service, and to continue to learn history including social justice. Thanks for taking the time to read my letter, working hard to make a great impact on society, and inspiring me.  Please continue to advocate for common sense ideas.




Matt Winick

Honorable Harris sent me a book Joe Frank Harris Personal Reflections on a Public Life The Autobiography of Georgia's 78th Governor

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