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.

Heartland Terrorism


The attack on an Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota was an act of terror, according to Governor Mark Dayton, who said so during his visit to the site. Dayton calls Bloomington mosque blast an act of terrorism.

No one was injured in the weekend blast. The FBI is investigating the bombing and says it stemmed from an improvised explosive device. FBI takes lead in mosque attack investigation in Minnesota

NYC High-speed Wi-Fi Kiosks


High speed service in Manhattan and outer boroughs are going to be installed for free Wi-Fi in payphone locations across NYC. But what about the security? How safe will these kiosks be from hackers?

The was plan was unanimously approved by the Franchise & Concession Review Committee and it moves 400 high-speed Wi-Fi kiosks from Manhattan into The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.



According to a recently released survey from Kaiser Health, in a campaign that so far has not been about policy issues, equal shares of voters name terrorism and national security, along with a candidate’s personal characteristics like leadership ability, character, values, and experience, as top voting considerations for the 2016 presidential election, with health care ranking further down the list with a cluster of other issues.

Omarosa's White House?


The White House reported that Omarosa Manigault Newman, one of President Donald Trump's most prominent African-American supporters, plans to leave the administration next month. TV Guide once included her as one of the 60 Nastiest TV Villains of All Time. But folks don't know why she was hired in the first place, or why she was allegedly fired at last?

Trump press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the resignation of Manigault Newman will take effect on January 20, exactly one year after Trump's inauguration, but why was her access to the president reportedly stripped?



The annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner was held last night. I recall attending this black tie event in years past, but this time I watched it online. This was a zoo atmosphere and the focus should be on journalism scholarships. Frankly, I preferred it when it was limited to politicians. journalists and media executives.
The night the news died via @phillydotcom

This Washington event has evolved into a Hollywood type party, where movie stars mingle with politicians and the president makes fun of both himself and his political opponents.



As some of you may know, I was born in Cuba and would love to go back someday. Although I have not been allowed to return yet, the news and information content coming out of my beautiful island still interests me. I have now reached out to one government official to once again try to visit.

Facing fuel shortage in Cuba, Havana diplomats roll up sleeves

Support Natural Resources Defense Council


We shouldn’t have to worry if the water sources we rely on for drinking, fishing, and swimming are polluted. But for 117 million Americans, a legal loophole has undermined the Clean Water Act safeguards that are supposed to prevent big polluters from dumping unsafe amounts of dangerous pollutants in our waters.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers are ready to make important changes to close this loophole—and you can step up to support these changes.

Trouble in Academia?


US students nationwide are increasingly responding bt organizing campus protests and hunger strikes over what they say are racial discrimination activities, college administration’s inadequate and tone-deaf response to their concerns.

Campuses around the country have seen protests from Missouri to California. Ithaca College in New York, Smith College in Massachusetts, and Yale University in Connecticut have also been dealing with similar actions by students over alleged marginalization and racial discrimination.

At Mizzou, Yale and beyond, campus protests stir fresh questions about free speech via @NewsHour

Racial Discrimination Protests Ignite at Colleges Across the U.S.

Claremont McKenna dean resigns after students protest campus racial bias

California college dean resigns after students protest bias via @Reuters

Howard University increases security after online threat aimed at students via @NewsHour

RIP Hugh Hefner


The Hef turned his fancy silk pajamas into a work uniform and sexual desire into an American empire.

The world's oldest playboy has died at 91 after forever changing attitudes towards sex while hosting lavish parties wearing his iconic fancy pajamas.

Hugh Hefner founded Playboy magazine and revolutionized publishing while helping usher in the sexual revolution with a vision of beauty, sophistication and the libertine lifestyle that reflected the desires of the postwar generation.

Speaking Ill of Hugh Hefner

Pinocchio possibly plucked peacock's plumes permanently


The feathers will grow back with time. However, if there are feather pickers, they will be attracted to the blood-rich pin feathers emerging. This can make it appear that the baldness is permanent.

NBC you later, and arrivederci, Pinocchio... Journalist Mark Twain once said: “If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.”

Americans TV viewers may have been turning towards him, but his colleagues have turned away.

NBC News President Deborah Turness' memo on Brian Williams



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