by Earl Blumenauer
For the last quarter century, I have made fruitcake, now my most enduring holiday ritual. It started on a chance glance at a New York Times fruitcake recipe that evoked memories of my childhood. Like most people, I didn’t care for the dark, thick, nutty concrete-textured fruitcake, but I had an uncle from Texas who distributed a canned fruitcake that was of the light, cakey variety. It was moist, not too dense, and had no nuts. Every Christmas, I looked forward to the container or two that he would send.
Far too many times, we've seen senseless acts of gun violence--from Roseburg to Sandy Hook, to most recently Orlando. We all have stories that affected our communities and our lives. For too long this carnage has been met with spineless politicians with no courage to stand up to the apologists for gun violence.
Moments of silence and thoughts and prayers only are not enough. It is past time for action.
My most important constituents are three little boys under the age of four; my grandchildren. Like grandparents everywhere, I know that they are bright, active, mischievous, beautiful children. I am committed to ensuring that they have the bright future ahead that their parents want for them and that they deserve.