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In an Aug. 1 op-ed, Community Law Center attorney Becky Witt painted a dark picture of the Baltimore City Liquor Board ("Baltimore's liquor board: 40 years of failure"). I don't know what she knows about the operations of the board 40 years ago, but she does know that the current board was appointed just three months ago, with the express task of addressing any outstanding deficiencies. She also knows that we are trying hard to do just that. She knows that our comprehensive 2016 Policy and Procedure Manual establishes standards to guide all aspects of our operations and to rectify any problems identified in prior audits. And she knows that we will be meeting this week with the Joint Legislative Audit Committee to discuss any ongoing concerns. Someone reading her article would not have learned any of that.

Ms. Witt is a lawyer, paid by the Community Law Center to represent clients before the liquor board. She has inherent bias to those interests and close ties to the online Baltimore Brew publication, which is quick to criticize the commission for its perceived actions that may not always serve its readers interests over all others.

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The liquor board commissioners, appointed by the mayor and City Council president, and the staff are coping with challenges which predate our service. Ms. Witt's article denies us the opportunity to demonstrate that we can professionalize all aspects of our work and serve all constituents. I don't know what her agenda may be in casting such a negative pall over our recent efforts, but it is neither helpful nor constructive.

Albert J. Matricciani Jr., Baltimore

The writer is chairman of the Baltimore City Board of Liquor License Commissioners.

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