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!!!

Donald Trump gets to treat everyone around him, from his aides to the press to the people targeted by his policies, as his own personal punching bag because he’s never been confronted with anyone more powerful than he is who punches back.

NEWS QUICKIE

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IRAN NUKE SEMI FINALS INTO OVERTIME
Diplomats representing Iran and six world powers work out a final framework a proposed long term agreement.

ANDREW GETTY DEATH MAY HAVE BEEN AN ACCIDENT
The Getty oil fortune heir was 47 years old and member of one of the wealthiest American families.

INDIANA DEBATE CIRCLING REPUBLICAN WAGONS
The backlash over a religious freedom law in Indiana is forcing the GOP's presidential contenders to weigh in.

TIKRIT IS VICTORIOUSLY RECAPTURED
Iraq's defense minister says mission accomplished to rid Saddam Hussein's hometown of ISIS

Vaping e-cigarettes

Other

Dictionaries are calling vaping the act of smoking an e-cigarette. Vaping has gone mainstream and it has become the word of the year, according to Oxford.

The usage of the word vape and related terms has shown a marked increase due to the growing public debate on the public dangers and the need for regulation.

The word, which was first used in the 1980s, can be employed as a verb to mean inhaling and exhaling the vapour produced by electronic cigarettes but also as a noun to refer to the devices themselves.

THE PRESS ON TRIAL

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THE PRESS ON TRIAL!----TODAY--- AND IN 1735

The chief White House strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, has told the press to “keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while.” The press should listen and maybe will listen---to History.

The battle between Bannon and the press may have an interesting parallel from 283 years ago. Back in January 1734, John Peter Zenger was accused of seditious libel for printing in his weekly newspaper, the New York Journal, strong criticisms of the British governor of New York, William Cosby.

NYC HEATWAVE

Problem

WEATHER SUMMARY FOR SOUTHEASTERN NY...NORTHEASTERN NJ AND SOUTHERN CT

HIGH PRESSURE WILL DOMINATE THE WEATHER ACROSS THE TRI-STATE AREA
THROUGH THE END OF THE WEEK WITH HOT AND INCREASINGLY HUMID
CONDITIONS. TONIGHT...A WEAK COLD FRONT WILL CROSS THE REGION...BUT
WITH LITTLE UPPER LEVEL SUPPORT NO PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED. LOWS
WILL DROP INTO THE MID 70S IN NEW YORK CITY...AND IN THE UPPER 60S
TO LOW 70S MOST ELSEWHERE...WITH MID 60S IN THE TYPICALLY COOLER
LOCATIONS ACROSS THE INTERIOR AND EASTERN LONG ISLAND.

HIGHS WILL RUN CLOSE TO 10 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL TUESDAY THROUGH

You're The Boss

Solution

Begin with baby steps... An infant is a more formal term for a "Baby", the very young offspring of any proud human being. I know, I have kids and grandchildren.

We've heard that all a baby does is eat, pi, poop, cry, and sleep. It may sound simple, but chances are it won't be that way all the time, or ever. Knowing what to expect from our newborns will make our first days together with them a little less overwhelming, or at least we can try.

But remember that ultimately, baby needs to adapt to your schedule and not the other way around.

US SECRET SURVEILLANCE

News

Following Edward Snowden's disclosures about the National Security Agency's alleged spying programs that resulted in a passionate national debate about surveillance and individual privacy. President Obama outlined several points today. He delivered a speech about NSA surveillance and the future of digital privacy.

Mr. Obama introduced a number of welcome reforms to NSA surveillance, while leaving in place the bulk collection of Americans' sensitive data.

Stress-Free Flying

Idea

Do you know the Secrets of Stress-Free Flying and searching tricky travel sites for best prices? JetBlue, Southwest, Virgin America, and Alaska Airlines got top Economy Flyer Rating, first class passengers, but not overly impressed with United Airlines and American Airlines.

There’s not much to enjoy about airline travel these days, economy seats are cramped, flights are packed, and passengers pay an ever-expanding number of fees for things that used to be free, says Consumer Reports in its latest investigation and airline rating survey.

It's A Wonderful Life

Solution

Every day, my folks used to say it. Now my wife and kids remind me to follow through. Concentrate on positive energy. That’s what head angel Joseph urges Angel 2nd Class Clarence as they review the life of GB, the hero in Frank Capra’s 1946 classic film, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

You may think this tearjerker may have absolutely nothing to do with your, life, business, or organization. But concentrate. As Joseph would say, soon you’ll be able to see all by yourself. There are lessons all of us can learn from “It’s a Wonderful Life:”

NEWS QUICKIE

Other

TEXAS CARTOON CONTEST SHOOT OUT SHOWDOWN
Two gunmen killed and police bomb squad searches their vehicle as a safety precaution.

NEPAL NEEDS GLOBAL ASSISTANCE
More than 7 thousand are dead and Nepal needs immediate help from the international community.

CURFEW LIFTED IN BALTIMORE
There are no confrontations between protesters and police as there had been on previous nights.

GOP LONG-SHOTS
Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee are expected to launch their runs for US President.

MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU*STAR WARS DAY

GOP Replacement Bill

Solution

TRUMPCARE Premiums will be higher for older Americans. Under Obamacare, insurers were able to charge a 64-year-old three times more for a policy than a 21-year-old. The AHCA will allow insurers to charge the older population five times more than younger people. States will be able to obtain waivers to charge even more than five times the amount.

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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