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 SENIORS DOCUMENTED

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All writers photographers and storytellers are invited to participate in an exciting proposal which is currently unfolding: The City Island Images Project.

US based photographers, writers and content producers are hereby being asked to document a favorite senior citizen in your neighborhood. The participants can be as diverse as this country itself. They range in age from 65 to 95 years young.

This Project is destined to become part of the cultural history of The United States of America.

NEWS QUICKIE

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RAND PAUL'S WHITE HOUSE RUN
US Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky enters the GOP presidential race today during a Louisville rally in Louisville.

FERGUSON VOTES FOR CHANGE
Voters cast ballots for African Americans on the City Council. The first time in the history of this St. Louis suburb.

CHICAGO's FIRST MAYORAL RUNOFF
Chicago votes again nearly six weeks after none of the five mayoral candidates won an absolute majority of votes.

SCHUMER BUCKS US
US Senator Schumer is bucking President Obama, while insisting Congress have the power to reject an Iran deal.

New Years Resolution: Drinking

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I should say that I'm now married to a woman who does not drink alcohol, but I was once married to a woman who not only drank, but also had a few drinkers in the family.

Here are some things that I have realized. If you cant drink in moderation, it is best to quit slowly and in phases, but to drink is not half as good for your senses as not to drink. Another thing I now know for sure, no one has to drink to have fun. As someone who’s been drinking since his senior year of high school, too many events in my life revolved around booze. Shows, parties, meetups, conferences and dinners.

SINKTEMBER STOCKS?

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The Dow plunged 470 points, while oil prices sink 8 percent in a grim beginning for a weak September.

US stock-market sunk as it kicked off September with heavy losses on the heels of the worst month for Wall Street since 2012 with serious concerns over the strength of the global economy.

U.S. stocks suffer 3rd-worst drop of year on weak China data http://on.mktw.net/1Jzh6eF

Wall Street kicks off stormy Sept: Dow plunges 470 points on weak China data http://usat.ly/1EyPojc via @usatoday

Dow nosedives 470 points on more China fears http://cnnmon.ie/1Fg4vZD via @CNNMoney

Contact Your Elected Officials

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City Island Images is deeply disheartened and dismayed by the arrests of our elected officials this week. This is truly a sad time for The Empire State.

We urge all of you to contact your elected officials and tell them how you feel and stress the importance of working hard to restore the faith and trust that is necessary to keep them in elected office serving US.

What is your opinion? Please let City Island Images know as well as your own representatives.

AIR QUALITY WARNING

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an Air Quality Advisory for New York City today, September 2, until tonight at 11:00 PM.

Active children and adults, and people with respiratory problems, such as asthma, should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors.

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/

Nightmare On Pain Street

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There are only a few more days folks. This has been the most toxic US Camp Pain in modern history, where one unqualified candidate has managed to insult hundreds of individuals, groups, and organizations, including his own political party. What if we were to wake up on November 9th to a risky, out of control president, or another recount?

This family is full of questionable actions and contradictions. Yesterday Donald's former nude model wife ( http://ajeet.mobi/066dee77f88c )

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.

WHAT IS TUTOR PERINI?

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A tutor is an instructor who gives private lessons. But try reaching out to Tutor Perini Corporation for a conversation seeking answers to questions and one quickly finds that phone calls are not answered, or investor relations says "we are not allowed to provide you or anyone else with such information directly." The VP for investor relations went on to suggest traveling the bumpy freedom of information route from NYCDOT through the FOIA legal process. What happened to the part about teaching lessons?

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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