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!!!

HAPPY 14TH AMENDMENT DAY

News

Happy BIRTHDAY, 14th Amendment. Amendment XIV to the United States Constitution was adopted on July 9, 1868, as one of the Reconstruction Amendments.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

NEWS QUICKIE

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PHILADELPHIA AMTRAK 199 DERAILMENT KILLS SEVEN
140 taken to hospitals, another six injured critically by a nigh time derailment, while NTSB investigates its causes.

MORE DAMAGED BUILDINGS IN NEPAL
Most people are spending the night in tents and under makeshift shelters made of plastic tarps.

TRADE VOTE SHOWS BROKEN POLITICS
The outcome pints to strained relations between Obama and Republicans as well as Capitol Hill Democrats.

IRAN WARNS US AND SAUDI ARABIA
Iran tells Saudi-led coalition targeting Yemeni rebels that blocking its aid ship bound for Yemen will spark a fire.

What A Week

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WoW... What a strange political week in America it's been. We're attempting to move the focus to a different topic to change our collective mood.

CITY IMAGES offers the following strange and whacky news stories for your enjoyment:

Odd News http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/?utm_source=upi&utm_campaign=nav&utm_medium=on

WEIRD NEWS http://www.nbcnews.com/news/weird-news

Odd News http://www.foxnews.com/category/odd-news.html

WEIRD NEWS http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/

THE BRONX SUMMER SIZZLES

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The summer is heating up in The Bronx in more ways than one as the 4th Annual Bronx SalsaFest gets underway beginning this weekend!

El Condado de la Salsa (the borough of Salsa) will, once again, celebrate the music, the dance, and the artists in a month-long festival bringing together a collaborative of institutions and community-based organizations presenting a variety of Salsa-related activities.

SMELL OF ENERGY?

Idea

Global scientific researchers are suggesting that manure may save the world from destruction, along with other crap humans routinely generate and throw away.

The message is loud and clear. Humans have long been producing a shit load of excrement and we have mistakenly been thinking that this crap is useless.

Feces power alone will not solve the world's energy challenges. But it looks like our European neighbors have woken up and smelled the aroma, realizing there no point letting all that crap go to waste.

The health of our planet may well depend on it.

Homeland Security

Issue

The Department of Homeland Security debacle points to many more years of government gridlock, unless all Americans get mad as hell and threaten the representatives who work for US.

US Congress it out of control and voters need to put pressure of their elected representatives. The recent Homeland Security shutdown scares over immigration reform, by GOP refusing to fund the federal program established to protect the American people have pointed to a lack of planning.

LIVING LONGER

Solution

As an educator, I have found that female students are overall smarter than their male counterparts. They are also better classroom participants.

Now we are told that ladies manage to live longer and enjoy life. Why do women live longer than men in almost every country in the world? A similar pattern of sex differences in longevity is also found in many other species; however, it is not clear if there are more species in which females live longer or vice versa.

NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS?

Problem

Over the past few years, political leaders have gone out of their way to try to create fear in the markets, by manipulating finances and making others bend. And every year international investors pay for it.

The US debt has grown to $18 trillion, and there’s not much to show for it. There is too much conflict, while the unemployment problem continues to be unacceptable.

US debt-ceiling fights and a fiscal cliff fiasco return every year like Christmas, with little reason to be joyous.

NEWS QUICKIE

Other

G-7 AGENDA
Iraq, Nigeria and Tunisia outline struggles in their fight against terror, global trade, climate change and hunger.

GAZA COMPLICATIONS
Hamas confronts jihadi militants from the Islamic State intent on renewing the conflict with Israel.

THEY DO NOT LOVE NY PRISON
Two convicted murderers escaped from an upstate New York prison by using power tools remain on the loose.

TEXAS COP SHOT ON VIDEO
Dallas area police filmed pushing 14-year-old girl to the ground near a pool and pointing his gun at teens.

ANOTHER MERS DEATH IN SOUTH KOREA

Big City Homeless

Idea

Has the number of homeless people significantly increased in large metropolitan areas? Folks without a permanent place for them to live are most often unable to keep regular, safe, secure and adequate city housing.

This problem bodes poorly for the future. Decades of research have shown the staggering societal costs of families with children in poverty. The kids grow up with less education and lower earning power. They are more likely to end up with drug addictions, psychological traumas, diseases, and could possibly end up in prison.

Comments

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