Citizens Soap Box


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.

Catastrophic Countdown


If by the stroke of midnight US Congress does not reach an agreement on thorny issues, US government non-essential services will cease. Senate Democrats may block a stopgap bill that passed the House to temporarily keep much of the government running.

So-called Senate leaders are pointing to domestic spending and immigration disputes that have been going on since way before the election. Congress has been unable to pass a long-term spending plan for government agencies since last year's budget ran out Sept. 30, instead opting for a series of weeks-long spending measures to keep the government open. The GOP has a narrow 51-49 Senate majority, but a spending bill needs 60 votes to pass.

This is yet another example of why every American citizen should be registered to vote. Taxpayers must now pay for the mess these people have presented to the US. The last government shutdown was back in 2013, it lasted over two weeks and cost an estimated $24 billion dollars.



For all of humanity and especially Americans, September 11th was a day of somber reflection. We recalled with sorrow the thousands of lives that were needlessly taken by an act of unnecessary evil.

City Island Images recommits to donating to the 911 Memorial, as well as in supporting the families who carry the heaviest burden of grief. We also reaffirm our gratitude for all those brave First Responders, as well as US Armed Forces, who risk their own safety through service to others.

A dozen years later, our world still faces great challenges, yet it must be our duty to uphold our purpose with courage and confidence.

This country's liberties, our belief in the equality of humankind, and America's faith in the possibility of peace among peoples are aspirations we can share with all humans.

These values rise and fall on the strength of our own convictions. May we uphold in our own communities the virtues that define The United States of America and that remain an inspiration to the entire world.

City Island Images welcomes your feedback and offers a penny for your thoughts.

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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.



This feeling of deep admiration for someone elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.

Esteem, regard, high opinion, admiration, reverence, deference, honor. It can also be used in reference to aspect, regard, facet, feature, way, sense, particular, point, detail/

Everything is possible and all problems can be resolved with respect, admiration, and consideration. R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Aretha Franklin sang about it back in 1967 and it still rings true. Aretha Franklin - Respect (Original Version) via @YouTube

Is there a doctor in the house?


The world is facing an Ebola epidemic and the people of the US are searching for answers from their Surgeon General.

Where is he and what is his name? Next moth is the one year anniversary of President Obama appointing Dr. Vivek Murthy as US Surgeon General. He had his Senate a confirmation hearing in February, but what has happened since then? Nothing, nada darn thing, folks. It's a damn shame.



JFK's handwritten letter to Mary Pinchot Meyer has surfaced after many years. The scandalous love letter may be auctioned for about $30K.

A Scandalous Love Letter From JFK to His Mistress Has Been Unearthed

Now The Hard Part


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 -

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



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


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.

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.



Is the poem the only one in the Citizens' Soap Box? Where are the rest, if any?


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