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Ketchikan can pay today or pay more tomorrow. That's what Propositions 1 and 2 on the Oct. 7 municipal election ballot are all about.

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It's the right thing to do. President Barack Obama has decided to begin a campus sexual assault awareness campaign. The official announcement is scheduled for Friday.

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Tony M. Vaughn, 57, died Aug. 11, 2014, at St. Peters Hospital in Olympia, Washington, after battling cancer.
Andrew Ingvar Thompson, 86, died Sept. 5, 2014, in Anchorage.
Diane Marie Szurleys, 63, died Sept. 13, 2014, in Ketchikan.
Frieda Rose Damus, 92, died Sept. 13, 2014, in Metlakatla.
Calvin E. Anderes, 90, died Sept. 8, 2014, in Ketchikan.
Georgianna Douglas, 82, died Sept. 6, 2014, in Anchorage.
Laurel Anne Bengaard, 69, died Aug. 4, 2014, in Seattle of renal failure.
3/21/2014
No guns on campus

University of Alaska President Pat Gamble is more right than Sen. John Coghill of North Pole when it comes to guns on campus.

Coghill, a Republican, has introduced a bill in the Legislature that would allow concealed handguns on the university campus.

Currently, the university allows guns as far as locked cars in campus parking lots.

Senate Bill 176 would allow possession of guns on campus for people at least 21 years old who have a concealed handgun permit. If people had such permits, their handguns would be allowed in student housing on university property if their guns remained in lockboxes when the guns weren't being concealed. The people also would have to have successfully completed handgun courses.

We're all for the Second Amendment and right to bears arms. We believe guns don't kill people, that people do. But it is more responsible to ban guns on campus than to not.

Guns don't belong on school campuses. As Gamble has pointed out, the University of Alaska campus is one of the safest places in Alaska. It is, and it isn't that way because guns have been allowed on campus. They haven't.

As much as we believe in Americans' rights, we cringe at the idea of guns on campus.

It's OK to have a gun-free zone, and schools should be it.