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Recently, teachers at my school have informed me of a new bill that Councilman Nick Mosby introduced that will affect alcohol outlets in Baltimore. As an 18-year-old Baltimore City student at Benjamin Franklin High School, which is located in the Brooklyn neighborhood, I thought it would be important to share a young person's viewpoint on alcohol outlets.

I love my school and I love my neighborhood. But the days I have to walk home are the ones I dread the most. On my street alone, I have two liquor stores. The stores always have intoxicated people roaming around outside them who make my friends and me feel uncomfortable. It's not uncommon for these people to hoot and holler at me and as a young woman, I feel very unsafe. I hate that I feel that way in my own neighborhood. I wonder if high school students in Howard County or Baltimore County have to deal with this problem?

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Not only do I feel this way about the liquor stores, I see the way it affects my peers. The students I attend school with also live around multiple alcohol outlets, and it gives a feeling that it is OK to drink alcohol, even if you're underage. Not only do they have these effects on us, it also makes us have a lack of pride in our community because of the trash that surrounds these stores.

The liquor stores in my community have only had negative impacts on my peers and myself and I am thankful that someone is trying to do something about them. I hope Councilman Edward Reisinger, my City Council representative, will join Councilman Mosby in his effort to make our community a safer place.

Morgan Holcomb, Baltimore

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