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Barb Hamp Weicksel

Commentary: Let The Games begin

Barb Hamp Weicksel has been agonizing over whether to watch the Sochi Olympics due to Russian's homophobic laws and violence against LGBT people. Read about her argument with herself!

Commentary: “From my cold, dead hands”

Personally, I don’t want to live in a world where guns rule. I don’t need to see your gun on your belt – I don’t care. You don’t make me feel safe – you actually scare the bejesus out of me.

Commentary: A new year of “Chick-Phil-A”

The “Duck Dynasty” people will be gathering on Jan. 21 at their local Chick-fil-A to celebrate their Chick-Phil-A Day. What's it really about?

COMMENTARY: Got your “ducks” all in a row?

If you hate gays and blacks and Jews and whoever else you feel is inferior to you, then just own it. Don’t hide behind a flag or a Bible or a gun or even a duck call: Just own it.

Nov. 22, 1963 - JFK assassination changed everything

I was 11 years old when President Kennedy was killed. Time seemed to stop in our home – and across the nation. A nation in mourning wondering how – and why – and who. Fifty years and a whole lot of reading and research later, I’m still wondering how – and why – and who?

Commentary: Are you locked and loaded?

If you feel you must own a gun and keep it loaded and tell us all that you would not hesitate to kill – so be it. Whatever. That is certainly your right to do so. I don’t agree – and I’ll be frightened for you and probably of you – but – it’s your life.

COMMENTARY: Christmas and the cultural wars

Christmas used to be this magical time of the year. You know, the time when the whole “good will to men” kicked in and people actually went out of their way to be kind and forgiving and generous and loving to all people.