Citizens Soap Box

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City Images wishes to know what's on your mind... Speak up, citizens!

This originates from the days when individuals would stand on a wooden crate used for shipment of soap or any other dry goods from a manufacturer to a distributor.

So, we want to know what's bugging you? Write to your heart's content.

What's keeping you up at night and worth sharing with the online community?

The truth is many of our leaders don’t know enough about what we want and need. Your stories help them better understand the value of the taxes you and your families pay to support your area.

We’ve already sent multiple messages to our elected leaders. And each time you send legislators your thoughts, they get the message: we want fair and clear rules for all our citizens.

Now, it’s your turn to make your voice be HEARD!!!

US vs JAPAN

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They will meet again. Japan already beat the United States in a shootout to win its first title. Not on Sunday in Vancouver the first repeat Women's World Cup final.

Japan becomes the second nation to repeat as champion, or will US become the first team to win three World Cups?

Women's World Cup: Own goal sends Japan to final http://upi.com/5167484t via @upisports

Japan, U.S. have revenge on their minds in World Cup final http://reut.rs/1JDkJ2V via @Reuters

U.S. looking to 'put it right' against Japan four years later http://usat.ly/1LXLteK via @usatoday

Time To Act Now

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TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEWS YEAR

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"圣诞快乐"
"GOD JUL"
"BUON ANNO"
"JOYEUX NOEL"
"VESELE VANOCE"
"メリークリスマス"
"MELE KALIKIMAKA"
"NODLAG SONA DHUIT"
"BLWYDDYN NEWYDD DDA"
"С Рождеством Христовым"
"FELIZ NATAL"
"BOAS FESTAS"
"FELIZ NAVIDAD"
"MERRY CHRISTMAS"
"KALA CHRISTOUGENA"
"VROLIJK KERSTFEEST"
"Χαρούμενα Χριστούγεννα"
"FROHLICHE WEIHNACHTEN"
"BUON NATALE-GODT NYTAR"
"HUAN YING SHENG TAN CHIEH"
"WESOLYCH SWIAT-SRETAN BOZIC"
"MOADIM LESIMHA-LINKSMU KALEDU"
"HAUSKAA JOULUA-AID SAID MOUBARK"
"즐거운 성탄"
"'N PRETTIG KERSTMIS"
"ONNZLLISTA UUTTA VUOTTA"
"Z ROZHDESTYOM KHRYSTOVYM"
"NADOLIG LLAWEN-GOTT NYTTSAR"
"FELIC NADAL-GOJAN KRISTNASKON"
"S NOVYM GODOM-FELIZ ANO NUEVO"
"GLEDILEG JOL-NOELINIZ KUTLU OLSUM"
"EEN GELUKKIG NIEUWJAAR-SRETAN BOSIC"
"KRIHSTLINDJA GEZUAR-KALA CHRISTOUGENA"
"SELAMAT HARI NATAL - LAHNINGU NAJU METU"
"SARBATORI FERICITE-BUON ANNO"
"ZORIONEKO GABON-HRISTOS SE RODI"
"BOLDOG KARACSONNY-VESELE VIANOCE "
"MERRY CHRISTMAS - - HAPPY NEW YEAR"
"ROOMSAID JOULU PUHI -KUNG HO SHENG TEN"
"FELICES PASUAS-EIN GLUCKICHES NEWJAHR"
"PRIECIGUS ZIEMAN SVETKUS SARBATORI VESLLE"
"BONNE ANNEBLWYDDYN NEWYDD DDADRFELIZ NATAL"
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CITY IMAGES

Is Homosexuality Accepted?

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According to a new study by Fayetteville State University, homosexuality is generally viewed negatively. That is certainly the case in the Jewish and Christian holy books as well as the Quran, although opinions differ as to interpretation. The practice has been condemned by these religions. An Imam in Orlando, Florida, the site of the mass murder of homosexuals, has gone so far as to say that killing homosexuals would be the compassionate thing to do.

NEWS QUICKIE

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EARTH DAY
Take care of Mother Nature and celebrate every day as Earth Day, because it's the only home we have.

TAKING IT TO THE STREETS
They're mad as hell and wont take it any more, after Freddie Gray suffered a fatal injury in a police van.

TSARNAEV'S DEFIANCE
Prosecutors show the jury a photo of the Boston bomber extending his middle finger to the jail camera.

WHAT HAPPENED TO BILL?
Clinton's presidential camp-pain stops include stories about her family, all but the infamous, Mr. Bill.

HBO BLOW TO CABLE

Walk Around

Solution

Did you know that every year on the first Wednesday in April is National Walking Day?

This day is set aside by the American Heart Association to encourage us all to get out on their own two feet and walk for their health.

Health benefits of brisk walking include reduced body fat, lower blood pressure and it facilitates lower mortality rates from cardiovascular disease. Just make sure you pick up the pace.

Also, if you take a walk, but make sure you put it back.

SADDER MATTERS

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Sadness is a human emotion that most feel at one time or another. It's not the same as depression, but it may sometimes lead to it.

Sadness helps appreciate happiness. When our mood eventually changes from sadness to happiness, the sense of contrast adds to the enjoyment of the mood.

There are ways to experience sadness in a healthy way and to allow this emotion to enrich your life:

Denying such feelings may force them underground, where they can do more damage with time. Cry if you feel like it. Notice if you feel relief after the tears stop.

Stepping Stones Outlook

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The recently completed third quarter reminded us that financial markets entail risk even as the
Federal Reserve continues to pursue its extraordinary monetary policies adopted during the
financial crisis seven years ago. The third 10% stock market correction since the bull market
emerged in 2009 came after a record stretch of time without one. However, the volatility was
minor compared to the Black Monday crash of October 19, 1987 which convinced President
Reagan to establish the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets. Comprised of the

Civility now, more than ever

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Listen and pay attention
Acknowledge others
Think the best
Be inclusive and tolerant
Speak kindly and smile
Accept and give praise
Respect others' opinions
Mind your body language
Be agreeable to everyone
Keep it down and rediscover silence
Respect other people's time and space
Apologize earnestly
Assert yourself, but avoid personal questions
Care for your others and be a considerate
Think twice before asking for favors
Refrain from unnecessary complaints
Accept and give constructive criticism
Take care of nature and the environment
Don't shift responsibility and blame

Electoral College

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Election Day is less than one month away. And while candidates fight for your vote, it’s important to know what happens after you cast it.

US voters don’t vote directly for a presidential candidate. The process, as laid out by the founding fathers, is a little longer and more complex. USAGov can help you understand where your presidential vote goes after you pull the lever on Election Day.

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Query

Is the poem the only one in the Citizens' Soap Box? Where are the rest, if any?

DEAR LADY

Dear Lady standing by the sea
You are a welcome sight to see
I have left the walls and shores of tyranny
And now I gaze at thee
You stand so tall for all to see
Your burning torch lights up the night
So all can see your Crown of Liberty
We who have come from across the sea
Stand on crowded decks to gaze at thee
I know that if by chance you gaze at me
My only wish is to be free
Dear Lady standing by the sea.

By City Islander Jim Mullarkey
82nd Airborne Division