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.

Massive Storm

Problem

Get out of there and evacuate the area while you still can. This is what I'm saying to all my South Florida family, friends, and followers, who have not yet decided to leave the danger zone... Mi Casa es Tu Casa.

Even commercial airlines have begun to wind down their Florida operations as Hurricane Irma is being tracked closer to the state's busiest airports. Already, hundreds of flights have been canceled in anticipation of Irma, which has astounded meteorologists with its relentless size, strength, and has already broken records powered by a strong ridge of high atmospheric pressure over the Atlantic ocean.

The slightly weakened Category 4 storm slammed into the Turks and Caicos Islands earlier as it barreled through the Caribbean, responsible for double digit deaths.

Hurricane experts say there is nothing like this video on modern record http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/irma-hurricane-jose-kat...

Irma looms as the mythical 'Big One' Florida has long feared https://apnews.com/6ba2e8125446492980ec7d58f707e16b

https://www.usatoday.com/topic/Hurricane-Irma/local

Happy Birthday NYFD

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For over a century and a half, New York City’s bravest have been a source of great pride – and for good reason. Time and again, and during our city’s most difficult moments, the FDNY has answered the call of duty with valor and unwavering commitment.

The logo serves as a symbol of pride for the many sacrifices firefighters have made to protect countless New York City residents, who have found themselves in harm’s way.

FLIP FLOP DON

Problem

First says he will then say he won't, just to have the press write more about his camp pain promises that he does not keep. What doe that say about a candidate who continues to renege on all his pledges?

Will he ever pull back that curtain of secrecy and release his health records and #TRUMPTAXES? He now says he will not disclose results of a physical. Why will a fringe of voters blindly visit The Land of Oz, to follow his orange skin and fake yellow hair road?

HAPPY 14TH AMENDMENT DAY

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Happy BIRTHDAY, 14th Amendment. Amendment XIV to the United States Constitution was adopted on July 9, 1868, as one of the Reconstruction Amendments.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

NEWS QUICKIE

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PHILADELPHIA AMTRAK 199 DERAILMENT KILLS SEVEN
140 taken to hospitals, another six injured critically by a nigh time derailment, while NTSB investigates its causes.

MORE DAMAGED BUILDINGS IN NEPAL
Most people are spending the night in tents and under makeshift shelters made of plastic tarps.

TRADE VOTE SHOWS BROKEN POLITICS
The outcome pints to strained relations between Obama and Republicans as well as Capitol Hill Democrats.

IRAN WARNS US AND SAUDI ARABIA
Iran tells Saudi-led coalition targeting Yemeni rebels that blocking its aid ship bound for Yemen will spark a fire.

What A Week

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WoW... What a strange political week in America it's been. We're attempting to move the focus to a different topic to change our collective mood.

CITY IMAGES offers the following strange and whacky news stories for your enjoyment:

Odd News http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/?utm_source=upi&utm_campaign=nav&utm_medium=on

WEIRD NEWS http://www.nbcnews.com/news/weird-news

Odd News http://www.foxnews.com/category/odd-news.html

WEIRD NEWS http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/

THE BRONX SUMMER SIZZLES

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The summer is heating up in The Bronx in more ways than one as the 4th Annual Bronx SalsaFest gets underway beginning this weekend!

El Condado de la Salsa (the borough of Salsa) will, once again, celebrate the music, the dance, and the artists in a month-long festival bringing together a collaborative of institutions and community-based organizations presenting a variety of Salsa-related activities.

SMELL OF ENERGY?

Idea

Global scientific researchers are suggesting that manure may save the world from destruction, along with other crap humans routinely generate and throw away.

The message is loud and clear. Humans have long been producing a shit load of excrement and we have mistakenly been thinking that this crap is useless.

Feces power alone will not solve the world's energy challenges. But it looks like our European neighbors have woken up and smelled the aroma, realizing there no point letting all that crap go to waste.

The health of our planet may well depend on it.

Homeland Security

Issue

The Department of Homeland Security debacle points to many more years of government gridlock, unless all Americans get mad as hell and threaten the representatives who work for US.

US Congress it out of control and voters need to put pressure of their elected representatives. The recent Homeland Security shutdown scares over immigration reform, by GOP refusing to fund the federal program established to protect the American people have pointed to a lack of planning.

LIVING LONGER

Solution

As an educator, I have found that female students are overall smarter than their male counterparts. They are also better classroom participants.

Now we are told that ladies manage to live longer and enjoy life. Why do women live longer than men in almost every country in the world? A similar pattern of sex differences in longevity is also found in many other species; however, it is not clear if there are more species in which females live longer or vice versa.

Comments

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