Citizens Soap Box

Category

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.

WORLD PRESS FREEDOMS

Other

City Island Images condemns the brutal beheading of journalist James Foley. Jim was captured by pro-Qadaffi forces in Libya back in 2011 and held for six weeks. He had been with three other journalists when they came under fire near Brega. South African photographer Anton Hammer was killed.

Diversity Now

Idea

Racial unrest is sweeping colleges and universities in many campuses indicating how much social media has influenced activism. A protest at one campus can go viral within minutes.

Shared photos of a particularly powerful demonstration might embolden others to take similar stands. Activists don’t have to go through traditional media outlets to spread their message.

Astronomical Houston

Solution

It was an astronomical climb from being the worst team in the majors in the Autumn of 2011, the club was tasked with fixing a broken organization without direction, nor plan and lacking answers. Now they are at the top of the heap. Baseball has been very good to them.

The Houston Astros lost over a hundred games before they got tired of losing and have now won the World Series of Baseball for the first time ever. The Houston @astros PARADE is on Friday http://abc13.co/2z5Wmf4

Hollywood ending - Astros beat Dodgers in Game 7 to win World Series
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/

GETTING OLD

Issue

If you are one of millions worldwide, who feel that time is catching up with you, then move faster. But is this is futile and age has overtaken you, left you in the dust and your years seem to be going too fast for comfort? Just sit back and enjoy the fact that you're not ancients, but just set in your old ways.

http://www.jokesclean.com/Age/GettingOlder.php

http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/getting-older

http://www.glasbergen.com/cartoons-about-getting-older/

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/getting_older.html

Russian Payback?

Other

President Obama threw Russian spies out of the US. As payback, Russian hackers could have taken down the US Customs computer system on the busiest travel day of the year causing them to go manual.

All as a cover to a fresh team of spies arrival at US airports slipped thru the system to do their tasks in the US just as undocumented people instead of known Foreign Diplomats.

Using Internet connections in the US instead of foreign IP addresses which would easier to trace and harder to filter out. Trump did say something about the hacking would soon be coming to light.

A US Congressman Apologizes?

Problem

As the federal government shutdown heads towards its third week, US Congressman representing The Bronx says he has continued to voice opposition to this reckless and destructive government shutdown.

ESCAPING ISIS

Issue

The battle against ISIS has been waged largely by men. But it is women and children who have borne some of the more horrific violence, with thousands forced into slavery, where they have been subjected to rape and other forms of torture.

Sexual violence has a long history in war, but ISIS has built it into their bureaucracy, with dedicated slave markets and price lists based on the victims’ ages, according to Zainab Hawa Bangura, the United Nations’ special representative on sexual violence in conflict.

No Drops To Drink

Problem

There have been ots of leaks, but there is not a drop to drink. The problem appears to be an abundance of leaks everywhere, but not from water, nor the plumbing or drinking kind.

USA DOJ topper pledges to aggressively rein in government leaks he claims undermine national security.

FLU Season Tips

Idea

In the Northern hemisphere, winter is the time for flu, but the exact timing and duration of flu seasons vary.

While seasonal flu outbreaks can happen as early as October, most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.

February is the peak month of flu activity with the highest percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for influenza virus infection. During a 32-year period, flu activity most often peaked in February, followed by December, January and then March.

LUCKY SEVEN?

Solution

This Mega Millions jackpot has now grown to over $454 million. According to Lotery oficials, this is the seventh largest in the history of USA.

You've got to be in it to win it. This is what many are saying as they purchase tickets. Millions of Americans are hoping to strike it rich tonight in one of the largest lottery jackpots ever offered in the United States. This is almost a half billion dollars, folks.

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