Yay — Catoctin High School football coach Doug Williams will go out on top, an opportunity afforded to very few in the realm of sports.

Williams, who led the Cougars to a 13-1 record and the Class 1A state championship in 2019, announced his retirement Saturday. He will stay on as a physical education teacher at Catoctin through the end of the school year.

In 42 years of coaching, including 29 at Catoctin, few, if any, had a negative word to say about Williams, a remarkable achievement in such a competitive, what-have-you-done-for-me-lately environment.

Most regard Williams as a great coach and an even better person, one who touched and shaped the lives of thousands of players, even long after their playing days at Catoctin.

Friday nights in Thurmont won’t be the same without him on the sideline. The positive impact he made in both the school and community was immense and will be felt for many years to come.

Nay — There needs to be a solution to the brown water in Emmitsburg soon. We’ve said it on these pages before, and we certainly understand that a problem like this can’t be solved overnight. But we, and more importantly the residents, are getting justifiably impatient.

The Emmitsburg Board of Commissioners held a special meeting this week to hear from and update residents on the water woes.

We are glad to hear work has begun to reline the sewers and replace pipes in town. Hopefully that will offer some relief. But until the problem is completely fixed and the water is clear, we cannot ignore the need for urgency. We’re glad the county has joined the effort. All resources should be deployed to fix this. And if they need to bring in others, so be it. But the problem has been around for more than two months. It shouldn’t take that long.

Nay —

OK, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get things done. Your neighbors and maybe even your friends need you. But what they want isn’t tough to give. All you need to do is sit back, relax and give blood.

The American Red Cross is reporting a blood shortage, primarily of type O blood, both negative and positive. As we reported earlier this week, blood shortfalls aren’t anything new this time of year. Fresh off the holidays, our minds are elsewhere.

But that doesn’t stop the need for blood donations. As of earlier this week, the Red Cross blood banks in the Washington and Baltimore regions had only a two-day supply of type O blood, the universal type that can be transfused into anyone in an emergency.

So, if you’re able, we’d encourage you to take part in a local blood drive or, if you can’t find one, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 800-733-2767. It may be the best way any of us can help save a life.

Yay —

For a student, there’s nothing like going on a field trip, a chance to get out of the classroom and experience something new. Maybe that’s one reason that some of our favorite educational experiences came when we put down the books and ventured out of the classroom to learn about things in person. After all, the best kind of lesson is an experience.

But what if you didn’t need to be there in person to have the same kind of experience? That’s the idea behind a virtual reality simulation where viewers can immerse themselves in 1968 Memphis to learn about Martin Luther King Jr. Now available at @VR, a shop on Willowdale Drive off Frederick’s Golden Mile, those wearing the VR goggles can feel the sights and sounds of the day.

As technology continues to advance, and particularly as today’s youth are becoming more accustomed to using it, we’re increasingly seeing how this kind of tool could be an excellent way of giving students an experience they wouldn’t soon forget. We’re hoping the school system is looking at ways this kind of technology could be added to the overall educational experience.

Yeas and nays is a weekly feature of quick-hit opinions from The Frederick News-Post’s editorial board. Send your suggestions to letters@newspost.com.

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