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.

Mudslide Deaths

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Search and rescue efforts intensify for hundreds of residents feared trapped after deadly walls of mudslides roared down Southern California hillsides. At least 17 have been killed and an estimated 100 homes destroyed, with search efforts to see if residents survived.

PRACTICE POSITIVE ENERGY

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Intriguing research suggests that positive energy helps with routine ups and downs of life and it also builds resilience for times of difficulty.

These are simple steps to follow:

Say thanks. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what you have — from a roof over your head to good health to people who care about you. When you acknowledge the goodness in your life, you begin to recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside yourself. In this way, gratitude helps you connect to something larger than your individual experience — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.

Positive re-enforcement. Set aside a few minutes every day and think about five large or small things you're grateful for. Write them down if you like. Be specific and remember what each thing means to you.

Leverage your strengths. To reap the benefits of your strengths, you first need to know what they are. Unfortunately, according to a British study, only about one-third of people have a useful understanding of their strengths. If something comes easily, you may take it for granted and not identify it as a strength. If you are not sure of your strengths, you can identify them by asking someone you respect who knows you well, by noticing what people compliment you on, and by thinking about what comes most easily to you.

Certain strengths are most closely linked to happiness. They include gratitude, hope, vitality, curiosity, and love. These strengths are so important that they're worth cultivating and applying in your daily life, even if they don't come naturally to you.

Savor the "good." Most people are primed to experience the pleasure in special moments, like a wedding or a vacation. Everyday pleasures, on the other hand, can slip by without much notice. Savoring means placing your attention on pleasure as it occurs, consciously enjoying the experience as it unfolds. Appreciating the treasures in life, big and small, helps build happiness.

Multitasking is the enemy of savoring. Try as you might, you can't fully pay attention to multiple things. If you're scanning the newspaper and listening to the radio during breakfast, you're not getting the pleasure you could from that meal — or the newspaper or radio program. If you're walking the dog on a beautiful path but mentally staring at your day's to-do list, you're missing the moment.

SOME COLLEGE GRADUATES ARE #*%$*#

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My Tocayo likes to tell it like it is. Robert De Niro, who is considered to be one of the greatest American actors of all time, was born in New York City, to artists Virginia Admiral and Robert De Niro Sr. His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, and his other ancestry is Irish, Dutch, English, French, and German.

The native New Yorker, De Niro gave an amazing graduation speech to NYU grads AT Tisch School of the Arts' commencement telling the students they would have a hard time finding jobs after graduation.

Forgetting Sessions

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I know that some folks forget, aren't really present, or at least paying attention during important sessions, so I was wondering how the Congress deals with it while this elected body represents We the People of The United States of America.

Case in point, former US Senator and Attorney General Jeff Sessions tried to defend himself and the firing of Comey, by saying he did not recall and thereby remaining mum on most everything else, unlike his boss who often says something different

I AM A NEW YORKER

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I am a New Yorker
I do not live in the five boroughs or on the Island or Upstate
I may live hundreds or thousands of miles away
Or I may live just over the GW Bridge
But I am a New Yorker nonetheless

I am a New Yorker
Whatever took me out of New York:
Business, family or hating the cold
did not take New York out of me.
My accent may have faded and my pace may have slowed
But I am a New Yorker

I am a New Yorker
I was raised on Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and Rockefeller
Plaza,
The Yankees or the Mets
Orchard, Jones or Rye Beach or other beaches on the sound

Learning 4 Rs

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Reading, ’riting, ’rithmetic, rhetoric are the main subjects all students should master before they graduate, with no exceptions.

These are regarded as the fundamentals of education of basic knowledge, or skills of any system or field of study regardless of the language.

Happy Anniversary?

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Feliz Cumpleaños, 生日快乐, Happy Birthday @POTUS... It has now been a year since @realDonaldTrump began his transformation. Today is the first day of the rest of president Trump's political life as he marks the one-year anniversary since he upset Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

While some things remain the same from last year’s campaign, such as Trump’s critiques of the establishment and his Twitter tirades. Since taking the oath of office he has tweeted too many times including deleted and retweets. Trump has tweeted 2,461 times since the election. Here's a breakdown of his Twitter use https://usat.ly/2hQfS8a

I worked in Washington, DC as a GM/15-10 while serving under a Republican president, but I have no political affiliation. I can tell you that Trump has transformed our national capital into a city of cultural warfare and abuses the term “fake news” to alienate real journalism like no one has seen since Richard Nixon and remember what happened to him.

I'm no politician, but over the years as a veteran journalist, I have seen up close and personal some of the most famous as well as the infamous ones. From very real presidents to appalling dictators.

There is a difference between being president and acting more or less presidential. There is also a "Bigly" aka really huge difference between so-called reality TV and broadcast journalism. One is the real deal and the other can often be staged to fool viewers. Believe me, that I can tell you!

Spring Weather Warnings

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Our introduction to Spring plans to bring more snow, and slush. This will make for treacherous and stormy trails on First Day of Spring.

NY, NJ and CT residents have waited eagerly for Spring, but it may be marred by a slushy, wintry storms and wicked weather no one wants.

Long Island Sound area residents may see as much as 6 inches of accumulation before Friday evening. A slushy 4 inches are probable in New York City, on Long Island and in parts of New Jersey. NYC has issued a snow alert ahead of the storm. Friday are expected to cap out at slightly above the freezing mark.

Cannabis and Cannabinoids

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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a new report on the health effects of marijuana, looking at more than 10,000 studies about medical and recreational use. It is considered to be the most comprehensive since 1999.

These released Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research.

Significant changes have taken place in the policy landscape surrounding cannabis legalization, production, and use.

Chaotic Confusion

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Where does the buck really stop, folks? The Dow Jones industrials keep falling more than 1,150 points, making it the largest single-day point drop, erasing its gains for the year. What is @POTUS saying?

Is there one person, or any group responsible for creating chaos and confusion? @POTUS took credit when the market was up, so why is he not saying anything now? @realDonaldTrump regularly touts stock market gains. Why didn't he mention the sell-off at today's Ohio speech? Is he clueless?

As U.S. stocks plummet, Trump goes silent on role in markets http://reut.rs/2Ek05L3
Here's why markets and presidents have an uneasy relationship. http://bit.ly/2m7Gum9 pic.twitter.com/upHtn9SR8B Markets Right Now: Dow drops 1,175, biggest-ever point drop https://apnews.com/a3351cf3b8cc49bb8479e1b55803ed4a After bragging about Wall Street for more than a year, Trump has gone silent amid a plunging Dow http://trib.in/2GSzS4S

Meanwhile, how has the party of law and order become the party hostile to federal law enforcement Why is it attacking its own agencies and intelligence community? Will intelligence agencies stop confiding to Congress? https://www.apnews.com/c9b8a5b1f58f49baa14e815059ec18ec

Trump allows Putin and Russia off the hook, along with the large corporations and forgets all about the average American? Russia gets a pass in Trump's State of the Union speech: http://aol.it/2DMS5mm Trump choice for Russia ambassador: 'No question' Russia meddled https://reut.rs/2fxFe9q Senators urge Trump administration to resume Equifax probe https://reut.rs/2GPpI57

And what is the purpose of creating chaos and confusion? 'They certainly didn’t seem to love our country very much,' Trump says of Democrats' reactions during his State of the Union speech. http://apne.ws/6tjvXCV ' Trump needs to study the Constitution if he thinks Dems not applauding him is treason http://hill.cm/Jrd3MFF

Reporter: Trump health agency threatened to ban me from press calls because I wouldn't alter a story http://hill.cm/xOdSjUw

Congress Is Sleepwalking Toward Its Next Crisis http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/02/congress-is-sleepwalking-to...

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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