We had a tragedy up here to mark the end of 2016. On December 29, M.D. Harmon, a columnist with the Portland Press-Herald, was shot to death in his home by a teenage boy to whom Harmon was showing a pistol. Harmon was a former Army officer, a Vietnam vet, and had been with the Press-Herald for more than 40 years, serving as its City Editor before his retirement. Harmon was a conservative, and an outspoken advocate of gun rights.