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!!!

NOVEMBER SURPRISE?

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Hello, November. What's up? Is it the ninth day yet? With only a week away from election day, who knows which surprises are still coming our way?

Will the candidates play nice and finally outline their plans to move our nation forward, or will the mudslinging increase more than it already has?

One light at the end of the toxic political tunnel is a new meaning of Thanksgiving in America. Let's make sure the outcome does not cause violence from anyone person or a group.

PRACTICE POSITIVE ENERGY

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Intriguing research suggests that positive energy helps with routine ups and downs of life and it also builds resilience for times of difficulty.

These are simple steps to follow:

Say thanks. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what you have — from a roof over your head to good health to people who care about you. When you acknowledge the goodness in your life, you begin to recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside yourself. In this way, gratitude helps you connect to something larger than your individual experience — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.

Positive re-enforcement. Set aside a few minutes every day and think about five large or small things you're grateful for. Write them down if you like. Be specific and remember what each thing means to you.

Leverage your strengths. To reap the benefits of your strengths, you first need to know what they are. Unfortunately, according to a British study, only about one-third of people have a useful understanding of their strengths. If something comes easily, you may take it for granted and not identify it as a strength. If you are not sure of your strengths, you can identify them by asking someone you respect who knows you well, by noticing what people compliment you on, and by thinking about what comes most easily to you.

Certain strengths are most closely linked to happiness. They include gratitude, hope, vitality, curiosity, and love. These strengths are so important that they're worth cultivating and applying in your daily life, even if they don't come naturally to you.

Savor the "good." Most people are primed to experience the pleasure in special moments, like a wedding or a vacation. Everyday pleasures, on the other hand, can slip by without much notice. Savoring means placing your attention on pleasure as it occurs, consciously enjoying the experience as it unfolds. Appreciating the treasures in life, big and small, helps build happiness.

Multitasking is the enemy of savoring. Try as you might, you can't fully pay attention to multiple things. If you're scanning the newspaper and listening to the radio during breakfast, you're not getting the pleasure you could from that meal — or the newspaper or radio program. If you're walking the dog on a beautiful path but mentally staring at your day's to-do list, you're missing the moment.

SOME COLLEGE GRADUATES ARE #*%$*#

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My Tocayo likes to tell it like it is. Robert De Niro, who is considered to be one of the greatest American actors of all time, was born in New York City, to artists Virginia Admiral and Robert De Niro Sr. His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, and his other ancestry is Irish, Dutch, English, French, and German.

The native New Yorker, De Niro gave an amazing graduation speech to NYU grads AT Tisch School of the Arts' commencement telling the students they would have a hard time finding jobs after graduation.

I AM A NEW YORKER

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I am a New Yorker
I do not live in the five boroughs or on the Island or Upstate
I may live hundreds or thousands of miles away
Or I may live just over the GW Bridge
But I am a New Yorker nonetheless

I am a New Yorker
Whatever took me out of New York:
Business, family or hating the cold
did not take New York out of me.
My accent may have faded and my pace may have slowed
But I am a New Yorker

I am a New Yorker
I was raised on Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and Rockefeller
Plaza,
The Yankees or the Mets
Orchard, Jones or Rye Beach or other beaches on the sound

Learning 4 Rs

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Reading, ’riting, ’rithmetic, rhetoric are the main subjects all students should master before they graduate, with no exceptions.

These are regarded as the fundamentals of education of basic knowledge, or skills of any system or field of study regardless of the language.

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

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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.

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

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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.

2014 * 2015

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2015 will be a bumpy ride because 2014 was a busy 24/7 news cycle...

Entertainers excessively showed off causing public reactions, or they just couldn't get along, while popular sports generated way too many headlines off the field.

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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