May 20, 2005
Politics professor Doug Amy weighed in on a Springfield voter-rights
lawsuit in the April 17 Sunday Republican in a piece titled “Voter Rights Suit
on Firm Historical Ground.” According to Amy, Springfield citizens are
right to raise numerous issues regarding at-large voting, and their concerns
should be taken very seriously.
Amy wrote, “The recently filed voting-rights
suit against Springfield’s
at-large elections is the latest in a number of citizen-based challenges to
this voting system.
in this suit want to replace at-large voting with a ward-based
system. Their complaints about the current system are familiar
ones—that it discriminates
against Latino and African-American candidates, that it disempowers minority
voters, that it fails to produce fair geographical representation and that
it discourages voter turnout.”
The piece is posted at:
Hadley" to the Rescue
Hadley High School sophomore Chelsea P. Fernandes, daughter of international
Linda Chesky Fernandes FP ’94 and painter Michael Fernandes,
joined former Clinton national security adviser Anthony Lake Tuesday,
May 3, at the Mosier School to begin a fundraising drive to train
a mine-detecting dog that will join other trained canines sent to
war-torn countries to find landmines so they can be safely removed.
Formerly Five College Professor of International Relations at Mount
Holyoke, Lake is now Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy
at Georgetown University.
was looking for a community service project to undertake during
her junior year. She hopes to raise the
to train the dog, which will be named “South Hadley.” Chelsea
will seek contributions from the South Hadley business community.
She also will organize various fundraisers including a walk-a-thon
in which local students will participate by requesting donations
from family members for the number of miles they walk. Chelsea’s
efforts were reported on by the local media, including the Republican and
Marshall Legacy Institute