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.

Dad's Weed Wacker

Idea

A Florida father decided to punish his son's weed smoking by selling the car he bought for him.

The online post is yielding him anonymous praises from the public who supports his tough love parenting proposition.

Dad put his foot down on his son's pot smoking joyriding by literally taking his keys away with the SUV out of the picture.

GOP Voodoo Economics

Problem

The GOP has pissed on us, oh sorry, has passed a bill overhauling the federal tax code in wee hours this morning, following a series of last-minute handwritten changes, without any public hearings, or advice from the experts and relying on lobbyists who work for special interests. Fifty-one senators voted for the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act," with just one Republican, Bob Corker of Tenn, who voted against it. No Democrats supported this legislative disaster. This bill is political Russian roulette, which may cut social security and Medicare.

The bill differs significantly from the version the House passed on Nov. 16. of the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" by a vote of 227 to 205. Thirteen Republicans voted against the legislation, most of them from high-tax states likely to be negatively impacted by its provisions. No Democrats supported it.

The House and Senate's bills will now go to conference to be reconciled into a single piece of legislation for the President's signature. If a version of the overhaul does become law, it would be wrong, oh sorry, rewrite of the federal tax code for the first time since 1986, allowing the rich to get richer and hurting the middle class.

Here we go again. The Republican's proposed tax cuts sound and smells too much like my old boss' George H.W. Bush cliché, Voodoo Economics, that cutting tax rates will increase revenues. How many rich people in America are avoiding paying taxes and will balk at the opportunity to hire or offer salary increases? Get real people, it's a trickle down lie.

DISTRACTED DRIVING DETERRENT

Solution

A massive statewide crackdown on distracted driving, as part of April's designation as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. From April 10 to April 15, Troopers in marked and unmarked vehicles will aggressively ticket drivers using handheld devices—like smartphones—while behind the wheel.

PRESIDENTS DAY

Problem

On this Washington's birthday and a day to celebrate US Presidents, why are so many Americans protesting? Could it be because, in one month, Trump and his family have cost US taxpayers almost as much as the Obamas did in a year? There have to be other reasons.

Americans are holding impeach Donald Trump rallies on a holiday dedicated to honoring Presidents http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-faces-not-...

INCREASE MINIMUM WAGES

Idea

Employees at stores and fast food restaurants went on strike last year expressing their financial difficulties as a result of the minimum wage. The minimum wage is not high enough to cover basic costs of living in this country. Residents in NYC, Chicago, Detroit, LA, Boston, and St. Louis displayed their frustrations by picketing and or by striking.

HELLISH COMMUTE

Problem

If you are one of the many who happen to go to work in Manhattan on Friday, you may wish to consider staying put and telecommuting, if you are able to do so.

The Pope is in NYC, and everyone is bound to see and feel the impact, even if they try to stay far away from Francis’ big events.

Pope Francis’ visit to The Big Apple, the first since Benedict XVI toured the city for three days in 2008, will have wide ranging implications in major and expected ways -- like traffic -- while making some surprising impacts -- including to mail delivery.

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

News

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.

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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