Honorable Bruce E. Babbitt
5169 Watson Street, NW
Washington, DC 20016
Dear Honorable Babbitt,
My name is Matt Winick from Ann Arbor, Michigan and I have a strong interest in learning history, social justice, and environment. In these subjects, I like to learn the need for civil rights to be stronger to reduce discrimination, protect the environment from pollution, and many others. Honorable Babbitt, the main reason I’m writing you a letter is to explain how I find your work when you served as 19th Attorney General of Arizona, 16th Governor of Arizona and as 47th U.S. Secretary of Interior to be very inspiring to me.
In your role as 19th Attorney General of Arizona from 1975-1978, I like on how you prosecuted people who committed hate-crimes, push for funds to improve DNA testing including forensic science to solve evidence along with cases efficient while reduce sending an innocent person to jail, and investigate public officials who are corrupt or accepted illegal bribes. When you served as 16th Governor of Arizona from 1978-1987, I truly appreciate on how you are a strong supporter of civil rights by advocating for people with disabilities’ rights, supporting funds for women including minorities businesses to help them compete in the economy, and working to expand laws to combat against hate-crimes to help protect minorities including people who are different. Also on civil rights, I liked on how you tried to push for an Equal Rights Amendment to help protect women from being discriminated based on gender to get passed in the state legislature even though it didn’t pass. I like on how worked on improving the environment in your state by pushing with passing the Arizona Groundwater Management Act of 1980 which helped improve water regulatory system with helping protect groundwater for people to get access to, create Arizona Department of Water Resources and Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to help find ways to protect the environment with making water safer for people to use, and funding renewable energy resources to reduce pollution. Your approach on education reform like expand funds to improve special education to help students with disabilities get accommodations they need to learn and push for literacy programs to help adults including students develop or improve on their literacy skills is common sense. On the economy, I like on how you push for an expansion of jobs training programs to help train youth including workers to develop or advance their work skills to prepare for the work force and advocate for the need to raise the minimum wage to help assist minimum wage workers afford to live. Under President Clinton administration as 47th U.S. Secretary of Interior from 1993-2001, I liked on how you formed a National Landscape Conservation System to help protect monuments, wilderness areas, historical sites, and trials from being damaged, expand a plan to help protect forest in the Pacific Northwest from pollution and help assist U.S. Congress on the California Desert Protection Act to help expand protection to deserts including creating death valley and Joshua Tree National Park. Another thing I was amazed was that you used your experience as a fire fighter through Secretary of Interior to help educate people about maintaining fires with finding ways to restore the ecosystems. After you left public service, I like on how you continue to be a strong supporter of civil rights, express the need for better environmental protection to reduce pollution, and other common sense ideas.
Honorable Babbitt, 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. Your role as 19th Attorney General of Arizona, 16th Governor of Arizona and as 47th U.S. Secretary of Interior gives me motivation to continue to learn history, social justice, and the environment. 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.
I strongly believe that you made a great difference when you served in public service. I’m very proud on how you worked hard to support civil rights, expand on education reform, push for criminal justice reform, and protect the environment. You have inspire me to work hard on my disability, learn more about your work, and continue to learn different subjects. Thanks for taking the time to read my letter, working hard to make a great difference, and inspiring me. Please continue to advocate for common sense ideas.