To the editor of THE EAGLE:

For the past few months I have been watching the debate in North Adams on whether to petition the commonwealth for another full alcohol packaged goods license. Many years ago, our state set a formula for establishing how many liquor license a municipality may have. The formula is based on population, one license for every 5,000 residents. North Adams has four all alcohol licenses with a population of 13,500 residents.

The city wishes to petition the state for another license. Under the state's formula, the city should have a population of 25,000. Unless this board foresees a population explosion, its math seems to be off. The city seems to be well served by the for existing stores, why add another?