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Although late, we’d be remiss if we failed to note the passing of Harry Merlo, who died on Oct. 24, 2016, at the age of 91.

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Karla Isabelle Keele, 40, died Nov. 11, 2016, peacefully at home in Kent, Washington, after losing her battle with breast cancer. 
Denise Marie (Towner) Hall, 55, died Nov. 17, 2016, at Providence Hospital in Everett, Washington of hepatorenal syndrome (multiple organ failure).
Alfred Willard “Waddy” Natkong, 73, died Dec. 4, 2016, in Hydaburg.
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.