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.

USA Patriot

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I love my family as well as this great country. I proudly display American flags around my home and I own too many items, which I continue to hang on to and the question I can't get out of my head is who, what, when, which, where and how does a person become a real patriot?

I am a husband, a father and extremely proud to be called UB, Uncle Bob, or GB, aka Grandpa BoB. I truly appreciate of all my blessings every day. I'm a proud American citizen, a property owner, and taxpayer. Like many of us, I'm an immigrant who entered the United States legally. My family once lived under communism in Cuba, but left all worldly riches behind and fled for a democratic way of life in the USA.

I am not a Republican or a Democrat. I have no political affiliation. I'm a Christian, but no longer attend regularly scheduled religious activities. I do not represent any special interest groups. I'm not an advocate for a specific lifestyle albeit I respect everyone.

City Island Images Seeks Content Providers

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Are you a citizen journalist. a talented writer looking for more exposure, or a student looking to enhance your portfolio?

HTTP://CIMAGES.ME is blogging platform looking for good folks to help develop and curate content across politics, art, events, opinions, etc..

Working from our homes, a team of writers and developers are publishing this wonderful website that includes features from Wordpress, Twitter, Reddit and others.

Create your content, write, tag and publish your content and engage with the community on HTTP://CIMAGES.ME

Unpopular Media Mavens

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Before ending their individual journeys inside the media bubble and on that maddening spotlight, there comes a time when egomaniacs turn into useless, disliked individuals, who should be ignored by the press, the public and no longer admired. Generally speaking, they are a type of media mavens gone wild.

Here is a closer look at times when so-called celebrities appear to act out as if they're out of control.

When celebs break the law: A primer of famous cases http://usat.ly/1TCv2te

NBC exec says #TheApprentice is responsible for Donald Trump's political success http://bit.ly/1TV3BIt

Tax Faux

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Taxes are a necessary evil and a mandatory financial charge imposed upon all US taxpayers to fund public expenditures. Could a failure to pay or a tax evasion be punishable by law? What's up with #TrumpTaxes?

Congress faux concern for the well-being of their constituents may no longer be fooling US voters. Is the tax bill going to be a great American solution or a huge problem? Why are GOP Senators planning to unveil a tax bill with an amazing race to pass this massive piece of legislation? Are they also trying to hide taxes from the US taxpayer?

NEWS QUICKIE

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It can sometimes be difficult to keep up with all the news of the day, what with that content available as far away as your smart phone and all, but let’s just assume you are very busy working, or doing something else and not checking DOSE OF NEWS: www.doseofnews.com. CITY IMAGES wants to keep you informed, so we have decided to unveil “NEWS QUICKIE”

"News Quickie” tends to favor “gotta see this,” or is a lot like the person who tells you, or shares amazing news, or information and viral videos for you to “check out.”

Economic Forecast

Other

If the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World were not limited to the Mediterranean region, the Great Wall of China would likely make the list. The one that made later lists was mostly built in and after the 14th century but prior walls were built as far back as 200BC. Defending against Mongol raids was the most obvious purpose but trade and immigration control were also reasons why the Han Dynasty built the early earthen barriers so that workers and goods were accounted for and taxed.

American Tragedy

Problem

A Valentines Day Massacre with yet another school shooting that caused 17 fatalities and mass murders for the 18 time this year. When will carnage the president referred to in his inaugural ever stop? Two tweets but no other comments from @POTUS?

14 were reported wounded at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and the exact number of deaths are 17.

With more than a dozen injured inside a Florida school shooting, the suspect is in custody is a former student and identified as Nicolas Cruz, according to the sheriff's office.

ELECTION DAY

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The polls are now open, with important races and issues, so every single vote will count.

From new mayors and governors... From marijuana taxes to food labeling, your votes and the ballots you cast are being watched very closely all over the nation.

Here’s what you still can do to help:

VOTE - Polls are open until tonight.

MOBILIZE! You can still volunteer to help get out the vote. At least take care of your own family and close friends. Bring them with you and make sure you all vote together.

EMPOWER CONSUMERS

Solution

According to the New England Journal of Medicine... As one of only two countries that permit direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) of pharmaceuticals, the United States tasks the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with regulating that advertising to ensure that it doesn't mislead consumers. When a drug maker publishes or broadcasts a claim that its drug has benefits in a particular disease, the FDA requires it to include information on the product's risks as well. Since it's not feasible for companies to include all the important information about their products in a television ad, the FDA requires them to refer viewers to more complete information, such as that in a printed magazine ad. Companies have tended to comply with this requirement by supplementing colorful, persuasive ads with one or two pages of dry text providing the required disclosures, often simply using language that the FDA has approved for other purposes, such as package inserts for prescribers. But research shows that most patients who attempt to read these disclosures find them difficult to understand, and many don't even try to make sense of them.1 Now, the FDA is in the process of adjusting its DTCA rules, aiming to provide greater assurance that patients receive due warning of the most significant risks — but its tweaks probably don't go far enough to really empower consumers to make smart decisions about the drugs they put into their bodies.

This spring, the FDA revised its guidance for communicating risks in DTCA, which had been in “draft” form since 2004.1 The agency has long recommended the use of nontechnical language (e.g., “drowsiness” rather than “somnolence”) but now also recommends using an evidence-based format for conveying such information. The FDA's research supports the use of a “Drug Facts” box, of the type that has proven successful for over-the-counter products, with familiar headings for “Uses” and “Warnings.” Alternatively, companies will be allowed to use a question-and-answer format, as some have already been doing.

The draft guidance gives companies additional discretion about which risks to disclose and how. Though the FDA continues to insist that any “black-box” warnings and contraindications be included, companies will now be able to omit mention of other adverse events. The guidance directs companies to include only the “most serious and the most common” risks posed by a product. The idea that it actually helps to give consumers less of the available information about a product's risks may be counterintuitive, but the FDA is reasonably concerned that the recital of extremely rare risks can distract from, or even trivialize, the more significant disadvantages of a product.

Still, the guidance raises difficult questions about which risks to exclude, and it's worrisome when discretion is given to marketers who have an interest in downplaying overall risks. For the industry, such discretion is a double-edged sword. If a patient experiences an adverse effect and files a lawsuit, a civil jury may find that the advertising was misleading, and a company's defense may receive little support from the FDA's vague guidance. Some conservative companies may therefore prefer to continue providing comprehensive lists, and the new guidance allows them to do so. If the FDA is serious about streamlining disclosures, it may need to take a stronger approach.

Guess Who's Coming to Dimmer?

Problem

Summer is ending. But his fun and the heat is not dimming. President @reaTrump says he's taking a break from a so called working golf vacation by returning home in an attempt to dim the tensions, which some say he's helped to create. This is the first time since his inauguration. Trump is at his private golf club in Bedminster, NJ, on a 17-day "Working Vacation" while the White House West Wing is being renovated. These fixes were previously approved by President Omaba.

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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