Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Honorable Lee H. Hamilton of Indiana (Former Member of U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana’s 9th District)



Honorable Lee H. Hamilton 

2413 E. Rechter Rd.

Bloomington, IN  47401

Dear Honorable Hamilton.

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 for civil rights to be stronger to reduce discrimination, protect the environment from pollution,  and many others. Honorable Hamilton, the main reason I’m writing you a letter is to explain how I find your work when you served as Member of U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana’s 9th District to be very inspiring to me.

When you served as Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the Indiana’s 9th District from 1965-1999, I truly appreciated on how you were 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 heavily support the Civil Rights Acts to continue to combat against discrimination. Also I like on how you voted in favor of The Voting Rights Act of 1965 to help combat against discrimination in voting based on race including disability. Also on civil rights, I liked on how you voted in favor of The Americans With Disabilities’ Act of 1990 to help protect people with disabilities  from being discriminated in public places including education.  Voting in favor of The Clean Air Act of 1990 to help reduce air pollution by requiring industries to burn clean fuel along with promote research in biofuel for vehicles, supported funds for renewable energy resources to help reduce addiction to oil with gas,  and pushed for funds to help protect public lands, water resources including national parks from being polluted are great ways to help protect the environment.  On health care, I liked on how you supported The Family and Medical Leave Act which is to require employers to provide employees with job-protection along with unpaid leave when they have to deal with a medical issue or help a family member who has a medical issue and heavily support funds for stem cell research to help combat against different diseases.  Another thing that I liked about your work in Congress is how you supported the idea of ethics reform like ban on gifts to members of congress including staff members from lobbyist to reduce corruption and support better funds to help expand on drug treatment programs to help drug user get the care they need. 

Honorable Hamilton, 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 have trouble communicating my thoughts, and get teased.  The ADA of 1990 that you supported helped benefited me getting some education and to be protected from being discriminated.   In education, the ADA of 1990 helped give me accommodations like extra time on exams, have a tutor or a T.A. help me work on different assignments,  use a recorder or education software to help assist on improving my comprehension, and special education resources helping me set up accommodations in elementary school through my community college.  In May 2014, I was able to get an associates degree at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, main focus in Associates Degree is history, government, some business, some science, and criminal justice.  Also your strong commitment to be a strong supporter of Civil Rights including people with disabilities’ rights really inspire me to work hard on my disability. Your role as former Member of U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana’s 9th District helps give me motivation to continue to learn history including social justice. My future goal is to someday work in these areas to help emphasize the need for civil rights to be stronger to reduce discrimination, protect the environment from pollution, expand on health care reform to help people with pre-existing conditions or who can’t afford health care get the care they need, 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 are worked hard to support civil rights, protect the environment, expand on healthcare reform, and many others. The ADA of 1990 that you supported really made a great difference where it helped benefited me in getting some education and helped protect me from being discriminated based on a disability. You have really inspired me to work hard on my disability, learn more about your work, and continue to be motivated to learn history. Thanks for taking the time to read my letter, making great achievements in public service, and inspiring me. Please continue to advocate for common sense ideas 


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