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.

INTERNET SECURITY

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With the internet being a major source of information in modern society (for better or for worse), the issue of internet security has been given a great deal of attention. In fact, both the Republican and Democratic campaign platforms have dedicated entire clauses to it. Democrats would essentially preserve internet freedom as it is—largely a free environment, flawed though it is with piracy and illicit content, open to anyone willing to contribute. Their platform would impose little in the way of restrictions and would instead emphasize information security on the internet.

NEWS QUICKIE

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TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE TO PREVENT TRAIN CRASHES
Systems could be installed on the tracks to prevent high speed crashes says NTSB member.

ATTACK ON KABUL KILLS 14
Taliban email to media says the hotel was hit because of the presence of foreigners, including Americans citizens.

OBAMA'S ARAB CAMP DAVID SUMMIT
US reassures key allies that overtures to Iran will not come at the expense of commitments to their security.

HUMANITARIAN TRUCE IN YEMEN?
Saudi-led coalition airstrike, rival sides fighting and shelling by coalition warships west of the port city of Aden.

Salient Sessions?

Problem

Former US Senator and American Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is a lawyer who should have know better. Will he finally come clean with the American people? "AG Jeff Sessions faces new disclosure questions in Russia scandal" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/ag-jeff-sessions-faces-new-discl...

THE POWER OF GRATITUDE

Idea

Once we all begin to search for things to be grateful for, we will better appreciate the simple pleasures and all of life's great gifts that we may have previously taken for granted.

Gratitude should not be just a reaction to getting what we want, but an always gratitude, the type that acknowledges all the little gifts, the surprises and where we constantly look for the good even in unpleasant situations.

Today, start bringing gratitude to our experiences, instead of waiting for a positive experience in order to feel grateful; in this way, we’ll be on your way toward becoming the masters of gratitude.

Lies Beget Lies

Problem

The United States of America is and continues to be the world's greatest economic and military power, regardless of what any habitual liar, or an over used political slogan may claim.

Make this country great again is more of a rouge movement than a political party. The backlash, or push-back has served to renew for the majority of Americans a sense of confidence and restored lost self-esteem in a nation which has suffered divisions throughout the years, following foreign domination.

Treats or Tricks?

Problem

To celebrate Halloween, some of these national businesses are offering the following treats until closing time.

Chipotle
Get a Boo-rito for just $3, as long as you're in costume. Guests can choose a salad, bowl or an order of tacos for the deal. It's good for one per person.

IHOP
Children 12 and under get a free scary-face pancake from 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. on Halloween. The pancake has strawberries, Oreo cookies, whipped topping and candy corn.

Applebee's

WIDESPREAD WINTER WEATHER WARNINGS

News

The New York City Office of Emergency Management today issued a hazardous travel advisory for Thursday, March 5, 2015.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for all of New York City from 7:00PM Wednesday evening through 7:00PM Thursday evening, March 5, 2015. Rain Wednesday evening will mix with or change to sleet and snow around midnight. The heaviest snow is expected early Thursday morning, with 2 to 4 inches of snow accumulation expected by the Thursday morning rush.

SERIOUS DENIAL

Solution

Donald J Trumps's political camp pain was successful attacking his opponents and denying much of what has long been the norm. Are constant denials a partisan issue or the solution to problems?

He denied climate change, that generals knew what they're doing, that America is already great, denying the real outcome of our election... etc.

But denial is no longer going to make it. Investigations into Russian hacking will not be denied.

No Sympathy For The Devil

Problem

After the judge signed his death warrant, Larry Nassar tried to apologize, but there was no sympathy for the devil. Could he be the nastiest of all health care physicians?

Over 150 girls, women, and their families spoke about the pain inflicted by Larry Nassar’s sexual abuses in an extraordinary, seven-day sentencing hearing for the disgraced former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor.

10 Rules of Writing

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Crime novelist and screenwriter Elmore Leonard passed away last month at age 87.

During his 60-year career, Leonard wrote nearly 50 novels, 26 of which were adapted for television or movies. Films like Out of Sight, Get Shorty and 3:10 to Yuma all were inspired by Leonard's works.

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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