In her recent commentary, Community Law Center lawyer Becky Lundberg Witt raises objections to proposed legislation which would provide a sensible option in license renewal cases where there is community opposition (“Mandatory liquor license mediation harmful to Baltimore and its residents,” Feb. 9). In the past, often with Ms. Witt’s assistance, community members aggrieved by the manner in which a tavern or liquor store is operated appeared at renewal hearings with anecdotal claims of various health and safety problems. Their expectation was that the liquor board should refuse to renew a license that they challenged, thus putting some other member of their community out of business. The board has been rightly concerned that the protesters’ complaints about noise, parking, congestion, security, clean-up, etc. could have been addressed before they demanded the ultimate penalty. But the current law does not provide that option. So, the board was left to balance those complaints against the licensee’s continued livelihood. We believe that the proposed mediation alternative would help businesses and communities work together to improve the operation of these establishments.