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.

INCREASE MINIMUM WAGES

Idea

Employees at stores and fast food restaurants went on strike last year expressing their financial difficulties as a result of the minimum wage. The minimum wage is not high enough to cover basic costs of living in this country. Residents in NYC, Chicago, Detroit, LA, Boston, and St. Louis displayed their frustrations by picketing and or by striking.

Racist Leadership

Idea

How do we define and explain racism? Why are historians saying that in modern times, no US president has been this racially insensitive and has shown an outright disdain for people who are not white? How is it that our democratic ship is sailing away from equality for everyone, regardless of race, religion, color, creed, and sexual orientation? The intelligent people of the world must come together and stand up for our planet.

MARK TWAIN MUSIC

Issue

Born on November 30, 1835, in Florida, Missouri, Samuel L. Clemens was best know as Mark Twain. He went on to write well known novels, including two major American classics, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He worked as a riverboat pilot, journalist, lecturer, entrepreneur and inventor.

Global Cyberattcks

Problem

Global security warfare and a worldwide cyber attack of ransomware have spread to thousands of computers as people log in at work, disrupting business, schools, hospitals and daily life.

This is the reportedly largest cyber attack ever seen and hackers of NSA malware are the culprits. Computers shut down over the weekend may be harboring a virulent ransomware virus ready to attack as a new workweek begins.

Happy Birthday NYFD

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For over a century and a half, New York City’s bravest have been a source of great pride – and for good reason. Time and again, and during our city’s most difficult moments, the FDNY has answered the call of duty with valor and unwavering commitment.

The logo serves as a symbol of pride for the many sacrifices firefighters have made to protect countless New York City residents, who have found themselves in harm’s way.

Public Health Crisis

Problem

Utah declares pornography a public health crisis, The National Center on Sexual Exploitation and State Senator Todd Weiler announced in an official ceremony this week that Utah Governor Gary Herbert has signed a resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis.

City Island Boondoggle?

Problem

Two years ago, NYC DOT opened a temporary bridge to serve as a connector to and from City Island. As work began to replace we wondered if the long-standing permanent bridge would actually be replaced with a new, state of the art structure? Can today's ceremony of the new City Island Bridge be the calm before the storm? Could this also happen here? https://youtu.be/cH3Cz6g2Gz4

100 YEARSINATRA

Attraction

Frank Sinatra continues to have an immeasurable influence on popular culture: music, film, art, theater, fashion and beyond. Sinatra was a true one-of-a-kind personality whose incredible achievements continue to inspire greatness in others.

INFIDEL FIDEL

Problem

Cuban descendants and those born there like me do not mince words while making personal comments on the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

E-CIGARETTE SHOP IN TOWN

Issue

Last week, I noticed a few teenagers inside a new store on City Island avenue. I entered and began to cough because some were smoking electronic cigarettes. I recognized these kids as locals, but decided to focus on the guy behind the counter. He said the owner was not there and when I identified myself as a journalist he handed me a phone number and an email address. I tried reaching out, but to no avail.

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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