GROUP IS SEARCHING FOR MORE REFEREES
From: Carol Kanjian
I read with interest your article this Sunday ("County soccer teams could sweep 6 state titles in '91, Page 26, Nov. 11) in The Howard County Sun. Your observations concerning the "best" and "worst" officiated games piqued my interest since my husband, Bob Kanjian, was one of the referees in your "best" officiated games. The other referee was Elliot Brumberger.
They are referees with the Metropolitan Washington Soccer Referees Association.
As with most groups, finding sufficient, competent manpower is always a problem. You would make a plea for more referees. Our association is open to all men and women aged 16 and above. We would really appreciate any exposure you can give.
Interestingly, your nomination for the "worst" officiated games was won by another group. They are a much smaller group and do the best they can with the manpower they have.
For more information about our association, you may call our president, Nelson Kobren, at 301-593-4111.
Thanks again for your favorable comments about my husband, Bob, and Elliot.
ECKER NEEDS TO STOP ENDLESS CONSTRUCTION
From: Rachel Levi
The campaigning is over. The votes have been cast. The ballots have been tallied. The results are official. Charles Ecker is the county executive-elect. My sincerest congratulations go out to Mr. Ecker, along with a serious request. Howard County is facing a serious problem, a problem that is in Mr. Ecker's control.
Howard County's population is skyrocketing, and while the business community may be profiting, the general public is hurting. And the situation isn't going to get any better.
Currently, Howard County schools are overcrowded, neighborhoods are overdeveloped, construction is endless, and open space is becoming a rarity. The abundance of construction is turning the once open, spread-out Howard County into a new tract-housing heaven.
Anywhere you go, everywhere you turn, there is construction. It never ceases, whether it be homes, business complexes, apartment complexes, or new schools. Some might view the "endless construction" as a step necessary to accommodate the population increase. In fact, the construction is the cause of the increase. I strongly urge Mr. Ecker to put a halt to the continuous construction. I don't think Howard County can bear the consequences much longer; I know the school system can't.
As a senior at Centennial High School, I've experienced the consequences of the population increase. In 1987, my freshman year, it was not unusual to see open space areas, open classrooms and empty seats during class. Four years and about 200 students later, these observations no longer apply. Now it is a struggle to walk through the halls between periods. The once open space areas are now classrooms, "walls" have been situated where hallways once were to accommodate the extra students. All classrooms are occupied every period; and it is not very often that there is an empty seat in class.
Not only is this uncomfortable, it is harmful. It drastically takes away from each student's space and education.
I realize that redistricting and construction of new facilities will slightly facilitate the problem, but how many more schools is the county willing to build?
The overcrowding at Centennial is just one example of the overcrowding in Howard County. If the rapid growth pattern continues, we may have to zone off a new county. So Mr. Ecker, I'd strongly suggest addressing the construction and expansion issue if you want all of Howard County to remain in Howard County territory.