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!!!

HEALTH TRENDS

Solution

According to a recently released survey from Kaiser Health, in a campaign that so far has not been about policy issues, equal shares of voters name terrorism and national security, along with a candidate’s personal characteristics like leadership ability, character, values, and experience, as top voting considerations for the 2016 presidential election, with health care ranking further down the list with a cluster of other issues.

What's Up With Bills?

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We are not referring to bills, which live and die die on Capitol Hill. We're talking about guys named William, Will. or any other variation of Bill.

William H. Bonney , better known as Billy the Kid and also known as William Antrim, was a 19th-century gunman who participated in the Lincoln County War and became a frontier outlaw in the American Old West. Born William Henry McCarty, Jr. c.1859-1861 – July 14, 1881, he was better known as Billy the Kid and also known as William Antrim.

UNWORTHY PIRATE

Idea

Once the infamous Islamic State terrorist known as Jihadi John was unmasked as the executor Mohammed Emwazi. journalists found a photo of him from his days at the University of Westminster in London.

Unfortunately, Emwazi was wearing a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball hat. Their official response was "It is absolutely sickening to everyone within the Pirates organization, our great fans, to see this murderer wearing a Pirates cap in this old photo."

We'll take it one step further and add that he is not even worthy of cleaning the Pittsburgh Pirates, locker-rooms.

WINTER BLUES

Problem

If you're one of the millions who suffer from anxiety and depression and feeling the winter blues in a major way, the constant extreme-cold temps and gray skies are taking their toll.

It's a feeling of emptiness that makes the bones feel so heavy, and a forklift couldn't get you out of bed. It's a deep sadness that usually comes with something like the loss of a loved one. It's an achy neck and irritable snaps, racing thoughts or no thoughts at all. It's exhausting.

NY Free Tuition

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You must be delighted if you are like me, who has a child of age to qualify for free state tuition. If not and you have a kid starting college soon? You might want to move to New York.

The state becomes the first in the nation to make college tuition free for middle-class students at two-year and four-year public colleges. Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed for the plan earlier this year. Lawmakers OK'd it in the state budget over the weekend.

New York just passed a $163 billion budget and a free college tuition plan http://for.tn/2oWWCI1

INSIST ON TRUTH TELLERS

Idea

With the camp pain season well underway, CITY IMAGES suggests that all candidates stop lying. We must insist that all public servants start telling the truth. One candidate says he plans to change the world. Why do we continue to allow public servants to habitually lie to US?

While listening to someone, who you think may be lying, you could have difficulty focusing on the conversion, and begin wondering how you can trust them.

Human beings have instincts for detecting liars, however this is often overridden by our conscious minds.

JOURNALISM RESOURCES

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Doctor Journalism

Henrik Örnebring is the Axess Research Fellow in Comparative European Journalism at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford. He blogs with a European point of view about general journalism developments, paying particular attention to research and the academic sphere.

Mediabistro

A nice one-stop shop for media professionals. Read up on industry news, peruse job openings, scope out forums.

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Java ~ Cafe Benefits

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Researchers have found even more evidence that coffee can be good for you. People who drink regular, moderate amounts of coffee are less likely to die from a range of diseases, from diabetes to heart disease.

The cutoff seems to be around five cups a day, and even decaf coffee helps, the team at Harvard University's school of public health found.

But even heavy coffee drinking doesn't appear to offset the damage caused by smoking, they report in the journal Circulation.

6 Unique Ways To Drink Coffee https://youtu.be/ooUAVHJAcyk via @YouTube

Los investigadores han encontrado más pruebas que tomar café puede ser bueno. Las personas que beben cantidades regulares, moderados de café tienen menos probabilidades de morir a causa de una serie de enfermedades, desde la diabetes hasta enfermedades del corazón.

El punto de corte parece ser alrededor de cinco tazas al día, e incluso el café descafeinado ayuda, el equipo de la escuela de la Universidad de Harvard de la salud pública su encuentra.

Pero incluso el consumo de café pesada no parece compensar el daño causado por el tabaquismo, según informan en la revista Circulation.

THE WONDER OR WANDER YEARS

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Find a career mentor. You're not alone in this as much as you may think so while staring at the ceiling and struggling to fall asleep at night. Not only do you have family and friends; you've got coworkers, bosses and teachers who'd be happy to help. So get on their calendar and learn their magical ways. Being able to articulate your goals aloud can help make them feel real.

Syphilis On The Rise

Problem

There is a troubling rise in syphilis infections among men, particularly gay and bisexual men
CDC data show rates of syphilis are increasing at an alarming rate 19 percent in 2015.

#MEN: #Syphilis is on the rise, especially in gay/bisexual men. http://go.usa.gov/xkfEq

While rates have increased among both men and women, men account for more than
90 percent of all primary and secondary syphilis cases.

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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