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  •  Okay, let's say for a minute (0+ / 0-)

    that we go with your approach, and try to not divide communities of interest. Springfield and its suburbs constitute a community of interest, as do Berkshire, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties. If these two are combined, then the district would be overpopulated. Thus, in order to keep each of the two CoIs together, they must be in different districts, and in that case my map basically draws itself.

    Essentially, the only way to draw any other map in Western/Central Massachusetts is to deny that one or both of the CoIs that I mentioned exist.

    In addition, I'm tired of seeing state officials in Boston ignoring the concerns of rural Western MA. The rural parts of the state deserve a district all of their own, without the interference of urbanites in Springfield or Worcester.

    (-8.38, -4.72), CT-02 (home), ME-01 (college) "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one." -Spock

    by ProudNewEnglander on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 12:56:15 PM PDT

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