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.

TAKATA AIRBAG RECALL

Problem

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that at the Department’s insistence, air bag manufacturer Takata has acknowledged that a defect exists in its air bag inflators. Takata has agreed to a national recall of certain types of driver and passenger side air bag inflators. These inflators were made with a propellant that can degrade over time and has led to ruptures that have been blamed for six deaths worldwide. The action expands the number of vehicles to be recalled for defective Takata inflators to nearly 34 million.

Where Are The Heroes?

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My hero and heroine are MoM, DaD and the members of my family who in the face of danger, left their worldly belongings behind and sacrificed for their families by fighting adversity in a new nation and learning another language and through feats of ingenuity, bravery and strength, put aside their own personal concerns for a greater good and for a future in The United States of America.

STOP NYC CRIMES

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Crime Stoppers. It’s easy and your don’t have to share your name. Help spread the word by sharing the image below and visit Crime Stoppers here: http://bit.ly/13CGop4

NYPD 45th PRECINCT - Latest local crime data is categorized under seven major NYS Penal Law felonies. Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter, Rape, Robbery, Felonious Assault, Burglary, Grand Larceny and Grand Larceny Motor Vehicle.

Police Department Radio Dispatch: Listen live for Bronx 43-45 Precinct - New York City, New York - http://tunein.com/radio/NYPD-Zone-12---Bronx-43-45-Pcts-s195670/

Nationalism vs Globalism

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Globalism has been the American philosophy for a long time and can be seen in media, academia, at financial corporations and at charitable foundations. Then came The Donald and changed everything, with his nationalism promises on immigration, foreign policies and trade talk.

Nationalists believe that any true nation must have clearly delineated and protected borders, otherwise it isn’t really a nation. They also believe that their nation’s cultural heritage is sacred and needs to be protected, whereas mass immigration from far-flung lands could undermine the national commitment to that heritage. Globalists don’t care about borders. They believe the nation-state is obsolete, a relic of the 1648 Peace of Westphalia, which codified the recognition of co-existing nation states. Globalists reject Westphalia in favor of an integrated world with information, money, goods and people traversing the globe at accelerating speeds without much regard to traditional concepts of nationhood or borders.

Globalists are motivated by humanitarian impulses. For them, the rights and well-being of the world’s people supersede the rights and well-being of the American populace. Nationalists don’t care about dominating world events. Being nationalists, they want their country to be powerful, with plenty of military reaches, but mostly to protect American national interests. They usually ask a fundamental question when foreign adventures are proposed—whether the national interest justifies the expenditure of American blood and treasure on behalf of this or that military initiative. The fate of other people struggling around the globe, however heartrending, doesn’t usually figure in nationalist considerations. The fate of America is the key.

The US history of trade admits of no straight-line analysis. Andrew Jackson was a supreme nationalist, and a free-trader. William McKinley made America a global power but was a protectionist. In our own time, though, the fault line is clear. Globalists salute the free flow of goods across national borders on the theory that this will foster ever greater global commerce, to the benefit of all peoples of all nations. Whether they are right or not, their focus is on the American citizens whose lives and livelihoods have been also hollowed out in many instances. Thus has a powerful new wave of protectionism washed over the body politic, leaving globalist elites running to get out of the way. Globalists were too focused on global trade and commerce to notice the horrendous plight of America’s internal refugees from the industrial nation of old.

Therefore, it's not women vs. men; evangelicals vs. liberals; Latinos vs. Whites, working-class Americans with no college; progressives vs. traditionalists; old vs. young. These are all important, but not crucial. An understanding of this mudslinging camp pain and the upcoming election, or what may be known as the revolution of 2016 will be what is driving The United States of America into a period of serious political tremors.

The mission of informing, enlightening, illuminating, stimulating and entertaining our readers also involves equipping digital content consumers with knowledge, wisdom, and context needed to act as productive citizens.

Tax Plan or GOP Scam?

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Republicans released their long-awaited Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. This plan improves the corporate tax system but may not support working families or reduce the deficit. How does the tax bill could affect us?

Why is the so-called GOP tax reform plan being hailed by conservatives as the long-awaited cure for America’s anemic economic growth? Is it because they are going to cash in? Please, make sure you read the fine print.

15 things in the Republican tax bill's fine print that could affect you https://usat.ly/2lR9EJC

FIRST LADY ‘RETURNS’

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First Lady Louisa C. Adams ‘Returns’ to St. Paul’s Church, and Women Dance Through History, at National Historic Site in Westchester County, Saturday afternoon, March 14, 2015 @1P

VOX POP

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What are we the people saying about various topics? Well, that all depends on which poll you read.

ABC News Polling Unit
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Election
American National Election Studies (ANES)
http://www.electionstudies.org/
American Research Group
http://www.americanresearchgroup.com/
AP-GFK
http://ap-gfkpoll.com/
Behind the Numbers
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/?utm_term=.8dcaa27326e5
CBS News
http://www.cbsnews.com/latest/opinion/
Diageo/Hotline Poll
http://diageohotlinepoll.com/
Fox News Poll
http://www.foxnews.com/official-polls/index.html

Natalie's Revenge?

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Natalie Wood was a movie star who began her film career as a child actor, https://youtu.be/Jo0K46G7mO0 with roles in Miracle on 34th Street, https://youtu.be/--uyzf7X_0c Splendor in the Grass, https://youtu.be/lWbd8uOsbBE Rebel Without a Cause, https://youtu.be/wXRgAXU1-T4 The Searchers, https://youtu.be/ci3a4zc-40I and West Side Story https://youtu.be/Ye7PIyIcCro https://youtu.be/5_QffCZs-bg

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.

MORE DEBATES FOR US

Solution

An informed electorate lies at the heart of our democracy. So why is the Democratic National Committee limiting debates between the 2016 Democratic presidential candidates? What are they trying to hide, or who do they want to protect?

The Democratic party has announced six debates, and has gone even further, introducing an exclusivity clause which disqualifies from the debates any candidate that participates in additional, unsanctioned candidate forums. In 2008, the Democratic candidates debated 26 times during the political primaries.

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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