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!!!

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The annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner was held last night. I recall attending this black tie event in years past, but this time I watched it online. This was a zoo atmosphere and the focus should be on journalism scholarships. Frankly, I preferred it when it was limited to politicians. journalists and media executives.
The night the news died http://po.st/lcOfVS via @phillydotcom

This Washington event has evolved into a Hollywood type party, where movie stars mingle with politicians and the president makes fun of both himself and his political opponents.

CUBA SÍ SEÑOR

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As some of you may know, I was born in Cuba and would love to go back someday. Although I have not been allowed to return yet, the news and information content coming out of my beautiful island still interests me. I have now reached out to one government official to once again try to visit.

http://www.everyculture.com/Cr-Ga/Cuba.html

Facing fuel shortage in Cuba, Havana diplomats roll up sleeves https://www.yahoo.com/news/facing-fuel-shortage-cuba-havana-diplomats-ro...

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/cu.html

Support Natural Resources Defense Council

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We shouldn’t have to worry if the water sources we rely on for drinking, fishing, and swimming are polluted. But for 117 million Americans, a legal loophole has undermined the Clean Water Act safeguards that are supposed to prevent big polluters from dumping unsafe amounts of dangerous pollutants in our waters.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers are ready to make important changes to close this loophole—and you can step up to support these changes.

Trouble in Academia?

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US students nationwide are increasingly responding bt organizing campus protests and hunger strikes over what they say are racial discrimination activities, college administration’s inadequate and tone-deaf response to their concerns.

Campuses around the country have seen protests from Missouri to California. Ithaca College in New York, Smith College in Massachusetts, and Yale University in Connecticut have also been dealing with similar actions by students over alleged marginalization and racial discrimination.

At Mizzou, Yale and beyond, campus protests stir fresh questions about free speech http://to.pbs.org/1N1szZe via @NewsHour

Racial Discrimination Protests Ignite at Colleges Across the U.S. http://nyti.ms/1MXZSwk

Claremont McKenna dean resigns after students protest campus racial bias http://fw.to/YCtWTlZ

California college dean resigns after students protest bias http://reut.rs/1OHLj02 via @Reuters

Howard University increases security after online threat aimed at students http://to.pbs.org/1SMSToL via @NewsHour

Pinocchio possibly plucked peacock's plumes permanently

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The feathers will grow back with time. However, if there are feather pickers, they will be attracted to the blood-rich pin feathers emerging. This can make it appear that the baldness is permanent.

NBC you later, and arrivederci, Pinocchio... Journalist Mark Twain once said: “If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.”

Americans TV viewers may have been turning towards him, but his colleagues have turned away.

NBC News President Deborah Turness' memo on Brian Williams http://apne.ws/1EMLbGX

PHYSICAL EXERCISE

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Do you want to feel better? Staying fit equals best physical activity. It also means having the energy to feel as good as possible. Keeping your body in shape can also improve your health.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise/ar...

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/default.htm

https://youtu.be/1919eTCoESo

These songs could help you shake your body:

https://youtu.be/ctdoB5vt8ZI

https://youtu.be/LaTGrV58wec

https://youtu.be/vCadcBR95oU

https://youtu.be/4m1EFMoRFvY

https://youtu.be/nfWlot6h_JM?list=RDnfWlot6h_JM

PLEASE BE CAREFUL AND VIGILANT IN PUBLIC

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City Island Images knows that authorities are saying not to allow this act of terrorism to alter our daily chores and regular schedules, but please be very careful moving around crowds.

Individuals from Maine, to Montana have expressed a sense of loss, sadness and anger, following this senseless attack on the Boston Marathon... Just a cautionary word to all our family and friends to stay safe!

If you see something suspicious, contact authorities immediately!

http://www.fbi.gov/

http://www.dhs.gov/

NEWS QUICKIE

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HUNDREDS MORE MIGRANTS TAKEN TO INDONESIA AFTER MONTHS AT SEA
Indonesia agrees to temporary shelter for thousands of stranded people, as humanitarian crisis grows in SE Asia.

ELLIS ISLAND REOPENS
The Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration will now tell the entire story in four parts of USA World Gateway.

VIDEO PRISON VISITS GROWS
Eliminating traditional inmate up close and personal contacts, but improving security while extending visits.

UNDERSTANDING A MARTYR

WRITING RIGHT AWAY

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Browse a bookstore's classics section and you're bound to read a preponderance of books by dead white rich men. These books are pretty great, but the NY Writers Coalition has dedicated itself to making sure an even wider and greater variety of voices is heard.

FRIDAY THE 13TH

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Today above all other days is the time to issue the following warning. Be afraid, be very afraid.

For example, according to scientific studies Friday 13th is unlucky for some. The risk of hospital admission as a result of a transport accident may be increased by as much as 52 percent.

Friday 13th- If you suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia then stay at home today http://po.st/JerAoj

If you fear Friday the 13th you have friggatriskaidekaphobia http://via.wqad.com/2Myxh

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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