Citizens Soap Box


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.



Just in time for the holidays, scientists have announced the findings of a new study which points towards the benefits of chocolate.

This, according to researchers at MSLS Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study of aging, cardiovascular disease and cognitive performance has had its home in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maine since 1976. Participants of the study include persons of all adult ages.

The study suggests that chocolate makes consumers smarter. This bit of sweet and smart news will please my lovely wife will surely capitalize on these findings.

Catastrophic Countdown


If by the stroke of midnight US Congress does not reach an agreement on thorny issues, US government non-essential services will cease. Senate Democrats may block a stopgap bill that passed the House to temporarily keep much of the government running.

So-called Senate leaders are pointing to domestic spending and immigration disputes that have been going on since way before the election. Congress has been unable to pass a long-term spending plan for government agencies since last year's budget ran out Sept. 30, instead opting for a series of weeks-long spending measures to keep the government open. The GOP has a narrow 51-49 Senate majority, but a spending bill needs 60 votes to pass.

This is yet another example of why every American citizen should be registered to vote. Taxpayers must now pay for the mess these people have presented to the US. The last government shutdown was back in 2013, it lasted over two weeks and cost an estimated $24 billion dollars.



Dear Godfather. You are the last living son from five fabulous children of our grandparents Antoñico Soto y Tete Polo, and the youngest son (my late dad was the oldest).

You are a loving family man, devoted professor, community leader, attorney and founding father of SALAD (Spanish American League Against Discrimination), as well as having earned so many other acclaims, that it would literally take forever to gratefully acknowledge and declare with enthusiastic approval what you signify to me and for that matter, for all of us, who are members of The Soto Polo Family.



This feeling of deep admiration for someone elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.

Esteem, regard, high opinion, admiration, reverence, deference, honor. It can also be used in reference to aspect, regard, facet, feature, way, sense, particular, point, detail/

Everything is possible and all problems can be resolved with respect, admiration, and consideration. R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Aretha Franklin sang about it back in 1967 and it still rings true. Aretha Franklin - Respect (Original Version) via @YouTube



The following six tips can help you take care of your neck.
Everyday life isn’t kind to the neck. You may be all too familiar with that crick you get when you cradle the phone between your shoulder and ear, or the strain you feel after working at your computer.

Neck pain rarely starts overnight. It usually evolves over time. And it may be spurred by arthritis or degenerative disk disease and accentuated by poor posture, declining muscle strength, stress, and even a lack of sleep



Since former First Lady and US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton announced that she is running for President, she has been avoiding the press in an way that is truly unprecedented.

What is she hiding and why is this turning into a political mystery novel?

Hillarys Press Silence Speaks Volumes | RealClearPolitics

Hillary hides from reporters with SECOND secret Iowa party of the day via @MailOnline



JFK's handwritten letter to Mary Pinchot Meyer has surfaced after many years. The scandalous love letter may be auctioned for about $30K.

A Scandalous Love Letter From JFK to His Mistress Has Been Unearthed

Now The Hard Part


It’s actually difficult to keep the weight in check after we have enjoyed a huge holiday Thanksgiving meal but some deal with counting calories better than others.

Extra indulgences come with the holiday season, and weight gain can be tricky to avoid. Try these simple strategies and you can still eat, drink, and be merry without piling on the pounds. 7 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain -

We also find that during the holidays, we find that some folks may become depressed and melancholy.



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.

Handshakes and Hugs


President Donald Trump, fresh off patching up his ties with China, reassured Japan's leader that the US will defend them. These pronouncements is another shift toward a mainstream Trump stance on foreign policy toward Asia. His new committed to Japan security is another change from previous campaign rhetoric.

Trump welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with a brotherly hug and warm words of admiration. He dropped previously hard-charging rhetoric during a summit.



Is the poem the only one in the Citizens' Soap Box? Where are the rest, if any?


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