Ric Llewellyn

  • Californian contributing columnist Ric Llewellyn.

    RIC LLEWELLYN: What has Obama done for Kern County? Not much

    Did you see the July 2 Quinnipiac poll that rated President Obama the worst president since World War II? Many people disagree. They still love him. He is "eloquent, thoughtful, balanced, articulate, cogent, practical, grammatical and intelligent." (I think he has a few writers who

  • Californian contributing columnist Ric Llewellyn.

    RIC LLEWELLYN: Freedom is what the Fourth of July is really about

    Pardon my sarcasm, but perhaps this year we should do some reflecting on what really happened back in 1776 and see what we can do to restore the unprecedented ideals that stirred those people to declare their independence from the British Crown. We tend to observe the birth of the nation -- that

  • Californian contributing columnist Ric Llewellyn.

    RIC LLEWELLYN: Learn from each time you capsize

    I recently made a foray into adventure racing. It was another bittersweet metaphor for life. There are hundreds of thousands of people in Kern County. Everyone is trying to make the best of life. Similarly there were a couple hundred kayaks at Goleta Beach setting off on a 12-hour adventure.

  • Californian contributing columnist Ric Llewellyn.

    RIC LLEWELLYN: Corporations shouldn't exploit special consideration

    Social responsibility has become a significant component in corporate branding. Sounds like a good idea. Don't pollute. Don't waste resources. Treat your employees with dignity. We could make a pretty long list. One area that is quite competitive among large corporations is

  • Californian contributing columnist Ric Llewellyn.

    RIC LLEWELLYN: Building parties is ruining politics

    Politicians! Always asking, "What will people think?" Actually, they are always asking, "What will the majority of people think?" The Californian ran a front-page story Sunday about the pressure inside the Republican Party to drop its opposition to gay marriage. Regardless of

  • Californian contributing columnist Ric Llewellyn.

    RIC LLEWELLYN: Law-abiding citizens are unarmed and vulnerable

    California is on the verge of a dramatic change in gun rights. On Feb. 13 the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit made an extraordinary ruling on a citizen's right to carry a gun. A three-judge panel ruled that citizens who are not otherwise prohibited from owning firearms

  • Californian contributing columnist Ric Llewellyn.

    RIC LLEWELLYN: Meaningful goals take time, perseverance to achieve

    Last August I told you that I was going to run in the California International Marathon (CIM) as a fundraiser for a friend who suffered a spinal cord injury. Hopefully we can all benefit from the allegory of the marathon. I had entered the race in June and began training exclusively for it in

  • Californian contributing columnist Ric Llewellyn.

    RIC LLEWELLYN: Well-meaning politicians miss mark on 'income inequality'

    In the State of the Union address, President Obama talked about some of his plans to reduce "income inequality" in America. As the last words passed his lips the pundits came out to support and oppose the idea that the government could create some sort of income parity. The clamor over

  • Californian contributing columnist Ric Llewellyn.

    RIC LLEWELLYN: Have Proposition 30 opportunities been overlooked?

    It has been quiet in Kern County. Thank goodness Gov. Jerry Brown came to town. Two things impressed me from his news conference last Tuesday. First, I got the impression that the people who should know all about the impact of Proposition 30 on local school funding are not well informed. This

  • Californian contributing columnist Ric Llewellyn.

    RIC LLEWELLYN: We all must prepare for short- and long-term disasters

    Are you ready to take care of yourself and your family in a disaster scenario? Just think about it. Here in Kern County, we are at risk for earthquakes, a dam break and petroleum processing accidents. Even the impacts of your not-so-exotic power outage like the one that affected nearly 30,000

  • Californian contributing columnist Ric Llewellyn.

    RIC LLEWELLYN: Ask hard questions about dependence on food stamps

    Food stamps -- or SNAP benefits -- have been in the news a lot recently. The reason is that benefits have been reduced. Most stories cover the statistics of poverty and point out that tens of thousands of people in Kern County receive food stamps. What makes the story worse is that children and

  • Californian contributing columnist Ric Llewellyn.

    RIC LLEWELLYN: Single-issue stereotypes delaying solutions

    If you were to go read the outlines of the 2012 Republican and Democratic platforms, you might not notice much difference. They share a lot of bullet points. More jobs. Lower deficit. Quality of life. Stronger military. In theory, the basic difference is that the Democratic party looks for

  • Californian contributing columnist Ric Llewellyn.

    RIC LLEWELLYN: New laws take us closer to firearms ban

    I'm unsettled with regard to the recent spate of so-called gun control laws that were signed into law by Governor Brown. One person's idea of "the common good" is just an intrusion for another person. And various solutions affecting public safety can be equally effective even

  • Californian contributing columnist Ric Llewellyn.

    RIC LLEWELLYN: We already have comprehensive immigration rules in place

    Immigration reform? Let's hold off on the question of what to do about the millions of people living here who entered the country illegally. First, what's wrong with the system we have now? It certainly is a grueling journey searching for information in the Immigration and Nationality

  • Californian contributing columnist Ric Llewellyn.

    RIC LLEWELLYN: School districts should provide supplies to students

    Every day for the past few weeks I've been driving past a local drug store where a pitch is being made to "donate school supplies here." I am all for local, non-government solutions but the idea that we need a community drive for basic school supplies struck me as a little bizarre.

  • The Bender family in Washington before the accident. Sarah and Mark are in back, and Titus, Zeke, Jude and Gideon are in front.

    RIC LLEWELLYN: Families stay strong after spinal cord injuries

    When my wife and I were raising our family in Los Osos, we became very close friends with Paul and Linda Busic and their five kids. They were a very important influence on us as a couple and their kids were friends with and good examples for our own children. We moved to Santa Maria and