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!!!

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.

NEWS QUICKIE

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NSA LOST AUTHORITY TO COLLECT BULK AMERICAN PHONE RECORDS
Sunday's US Senate session failed to develop a deal to extend the fiercely contested Patriot Act provision.

JOHN KERRY'S BIKE ACCIDENT AFFECTS IRAN TALKS
The secretary of state broke his leg and of a lengthy rehabilitation could delay nuclear negotiations.

US HURRICANE SEASON BEGINS AND SOME CITIES BEAT THE ODDS
Tampa, Jacksonville and Daytona haven't seen a major hurricane in 70 years, making them statistically overdue.

WATER-LOGGED TEXAS SEES SUNSHINE

NYC EMERGENCY CALL CENTER

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Since the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks, several deficiencies have surfaced in NYC’s emergency response system.

As part of a broad overhaul of the city’s communications network, the Department of Design and Construction is building a new 911 call center in the Bronx on a site adjacent to the Hutchinson River Parkway.

This Public Safety Answering Center will provide a robust facility for managing tragedies large and small.

Hasta La Vista, Habana

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After more than 50 years of cold war the US and Cuba are warming up and agreed to have relations.... The diplomatic kind.

US is going to lift restrictions on banking and travel. Those restrictions date all the way back to when Fidel Castro took power in Cuba during the Cold War. Obama used executive authority to dial back restrictions, but it’s still up to Congress to give the OK to lift the whole embargo.

USA USA USA

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As more than 200 million American TV viewers tune into The Olympics, they're watching for more than superstar athletes. On day three, the American athletes are leading and as they say, the third time is a charm.

For the latest sports information, Dose of News: http://www.doseofnews.com/index.php?loc=sports

The 2016 Summer Olympics opening ceremony was broadcast from Rio live on tape to millions with an hour delay. Ask the peacock network why they're on a delay. How NBC Invented The Formula For the Modern Olympics Telecast http://www.wired.com/2016/08/nbc-olympic-telecast/

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.

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 GERRY GOFFIN

News

75 year old Gerry Goffin, who wrote many songs on the American Hit Parade has died. Gerry Goffin was born on February 11, 1939 in NYC, where he met, fell in love, married and wrote songs for Carole King and may others. Here's an eclectic sample sung by Ms. King. The young teenage couple shared an instinct for classic pop song construction and he was Carole's first love.

CAROLE KING GOFFIN/KING MEDLEY (PART 1): http://youtu.be/jQMcIJjTEwE via @YouTube

CAROLE KING - GOFFIN/KING MEDLEY (PART 2) SOMEONE WHO BELIEVES IN YOU: http://youtu.be/pe1dWaPnVLQ via @YouTube

New Years Resolution: Drinking

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I should say that I'm now married to a woman who does not drink alcohol, but I was once married to a woman who not only drank, but also had a few drinkers in the family.

Here are some things that I have realized. If you cant drink in moderation, it is best to quit slowly and in phases, but to drink is not half as good for your senses as not to drink. Another thing I now know for sure, no one has to drink to have fun. As someone who’s been drinking since his senior year of high school, too many events in my life revolved around booze. Shows, parties, meetups, conferences and dinners.

Save Our Dying Planet

Problem

The Living Planet Report documents a state of confusion for planet Earth, including biodiversity, ecosystems, and demand on natural resources and what it means for humans and wildlife.

This alarming report brings together a variety of research to provide a comprehensive view of the health of the earth. At the rate of self-destruction, the may start calling it dying planet.

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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