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.

Now The Hard Part

Problem

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 - https://www.consumerreports.org/nutrition-healthy-eating/tips-to-avoid-h...

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

GLOBAL AIR POLLUTION

Problem

Epidemiological studies have consistently shown an association between particulate air pollution and not only it exacerbates illness in people with respiratory disease but also rises in the numbers of deaths from cardiovascular and respiratory disease among older adults.

Everyone on earth knows that air pollution is hazardous to health. The effects of air pollution is having a devastating impact on our health and the environment. Here are interesting ways to analyze how air pollution is gradually causing so many deaths worldwide.

Handshakes and Hugs

Solution

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. http://a.msn.com/01/en-us/AAmPrUW?ocid=st

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. http://cnn.it/2lxMsuS

FOOT MASSAGES

Solution

Pamper yourself... Get a foot massage, or give one to your special love. Our feet work hard every day. Especially at this busy time of year for anyone who is shopping, family gatherings and school events. There is plenty of time spent on our feet.

Just like our neck, back, and shoulders, our feet can also benefit from a regular rubdown. Foot massage improves circulation, stimulates muscles, reduces tension, and often eases pain. It also gives a chance to check out our feet so we can get a jump on treating blisters, bunions, corns, and toenail problems.

AIR QUALITY WARNING

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an Air Quality Advisory for New York City today, September 2, until tonight at 11:00 PM.

Active children and adults, and people with respiratory problems, such as asthma, should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors.

RIP Walter Becker

Problem

The cause of death has yet to be announced, but Walter Becker died too young at age 67. He was a founding father of Steely Dan. Some say he's the one who started all before they adopted their new name.

STEELY DAN - Reelin in the Years (1973) https://youtu.be/ea3Bofkmwlc

Steely Dan - Book Of Liars live in Nashville 1993 Walter Becker sings https://youtu.be/MtjLRKy3PcY

'Steely Dan' Co-Founder Walter Becker Passes Away at 67 https://youtu.be/_Ymvo1HF8B8

Walter Becker, Steely Dan Co-Founder, Dead at 67 http://rol.st/2x27NGx

Boco Haram Massacre

Problem

Thousands are said to have been executed in a Boko Haram attack. Refugees in Nigeria fleeing from another attack by the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram have spoken about civilian deaths and scores of houses destroyed in an already hard-hit region.

The militants reportedly opened fire on northern Nigerian villages, leaving bodies scattered everywhere and as many as 2,000 people feared dead.

DESPERATE DANGERS

Problem

American voters are increasingly frustrated with the choices for president of The United States of America.

From the major candidates, one side has chosen a member of what could be a political dynasty of US presidents, who is secretive and prefers not to confide with the press or the government.

On the other side, we have an egomaniac birther-liars who insults religions, administrators, justices, legislators, and US military but has managed to pull the wool over the eyes of some desperate for change.

WHAT IS TUTOR PERINI?

Issue

A tutor is an instructor who gives private lessons. But try reaching out to Tutor Perini Corporation for a conversation seeking answers to questions and one quickly finds that phone calls are not answered, or investor relations says "we are not allowed to provide you or anyone else with such information directly." The VP for investor relations went on to suggest traveling the bumpy freedom of information route from NYCDOT through the FOIA legal process. What happened to the part about teaching lessons?

CEMOM

Solution

It's the mother of all jobs and CITY IMAGES says it's the right time to remind everyone surfing the superhighway in cyberspace to give special credit where credit is due.

Mothers have the most difficult and demanding job there has ever been as they unselfishly carry out their demanding duties as Chief Executive Mother.

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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