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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HUNDREDS OF BANGLADESHIS LAND IN INDONESIA, MALAYSIA
Refugees abandoned by human traffickers inside their virtual prison ships and left them to fend for themselves.

TORNADO TEARS TEXAS TOWN
Couple of dozen injured and homes destroyed after a severe storm strikes the small Texas town of Van.

NEW CANCER REMEDIES
A new type of blood test is beginning to transform treatment, sparing patients the surgical and needle biopsies.

PRINCE DEBUTS BALTIMORE SONG AT 'RALLY 4 PEACE'
Dressed in gray as tribute to a man whose death in police custody drew international attention and local riots.

Bodies of Water

Problem

A body of water can be an accumulation of water, generally on a planet's surface. The term most often refers to oceans, seas, and lakes, but it includes smaller pools of water such as ponds, wetlands, or more rarely, puddles. However, in NYC it can have an entirely eerie meaning.

Public safety officials are investigating the discovery of another body which has surfaced in local waters. Another corpse was found, this time in the Central Park reservoir on Tuesday afternoon, according to the New York Police Department.

E-CIGARETTE SHOP IN TOWN

Issue

Last week, I noticed a few teenagers inside a new store on City Island avenue. I entered and began to cough because some were smoking electronic cigarettes. I recognized these kids as locals, but decided to focus on the guy behind the counter. He said the owner was not there and when I identified myself as a journalist he handed me a phone number and an email address. I tried reaching out, but to no avail.

TERRORISMS

Problem

This fear comes in many ways, shapes and forms, Dangerous crimes and attacks, as well as the fear of not being able to financially care for ourselves and our families.

There are multiple fears, with the first being a crisis of security and extremism, as we witnessed on Tuesday in the horrors in Pakistan and Belgium. The second is a crisis of human movement, when hundreds of thousands of refugees are moving and a debate over the means by which to manage them. The third is the world political crisis, in which conventional politics is being challenged by more extreme and intolerant parties.

Stop the Presses

Other

Anybody who tells you they know what the news business will look like years from now is either lying or delusional. Newsweek, once one the world's largest and best known publications, dropped the print side of the business to online.

But what was supposed to be a decisive step into the 21st Century turned into a cautionary tale. The popular wisdom that online is the future hasn't been realized. It's just some business models don't work anymore. Now the bane of modern newspapers has become aggregator sites like The Huffington Post, which make money from other people's content. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/

And once everything has been made free it is very hard to turn back the tide. There is a serious danger with free content and content aggregation sites like Dose Of News #DONews which have changed how people interact with content.

Digital companies like Buzzfeed Can You Name 100 Countries In Seven Minutes? https://www.buzzfeed.com/robinedds/can-you-name-100-countries-in-seven-m...
think they've found the future in their social news revolution.

Divided States of America

Problem

Every day the bitter divisions distinguish America's political parties dividing Democrats and Republicans.

No wonder, one in four Americans would like to see their state secede from the United States of America. Not long ago, the world witnessed Scotland and Spain debate the wisdom of independence, recently some US citizens said they liked the idea of declaring independence from the country their ancestors helped create.

Let Freedom Ring

Issue

Medals of Freedom were awarded to 21 recipients in The White House today.

Those awarded included Robert de Niro, Diana Ross and more.

Obama awards Medal of Freedom to a star-studded list of 21 recipients http://wpo.st/ff9G2

President Obama awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to Robert de Niro, Diana Ross and more http://ti.me/2fCNnYj

Springsteen, Hanks, DeGeneres honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom http://usat.ly/2fP0dFT via @usatoday

WHAT IN THE WORLD?

News

What a hell of a week its been. Thank God its Friday, but our problems are not over.

This week started with a US government shut down over Obamacare, aka Affordable Care Act. What do Americans and the rest of the world think about US?

The whole world is watching and what it sees may not be pretty. It appears to be a mixture of bewilderment and growing nervousness that any debt default could hit struggling other countries classified as economies.

What do you think about this ugly side of partisan politics in Washington DC?

NEWS QUICKIE

Other

MOST WANTED BY INTERPOL
Former FIFA officials and four executives are sought on charges including racketeering and corruption.

NO MORE SURVIVORS?
Chinese unable to recover more than 420 people believed to be trapped inside an overturned river cruise ship.

CUBA PRESS TO HEAL RIFT
Dozens of Cubans taking courses in journalism, led by US professors via video link, organized by US government.

CALIFORNIA CALAMITY
The state's largest lake has dwindling water resources, which continue during a historic drought.

GREECE DEAL OR NO DEAL

Horse Meat

Problem

After getting nothing but horse sh-t from Congress for years, The US House Appropriations Committee has taken a step toward allowing horse slaughter in America by defeating a ban on horse meat inspections by the Agriculture Department.

Horse meat is popular in only a few countries, notably in Central Asia, but it forms a significant part of the culinary traditions of many others, from Europe to South America.

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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