Citizens Soap Box

Category

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!!!

Diversity Now

Idea

Racial unrest is sweeping colleges and universities in many campuses indicating how much social media has influenced activism. A protest at one campus can go viral within minutes.

Shared photos of a particularly powerful demonstration might embolden others to take similar stands. Activists don’t have to go through traditional media outlets to spread their message.

No Drops To Drink

Problem

There have been ots of leaks, but there is not a drop to drink. The problem appears to be an abundance of leaks everywhere, but not from water, nor the plumbing or drinking kind.

USA DOJ topper pledges to aggressively rein in government leaks he claims undermine national security.

PLEASE BE CAREFUL AND VIGILANT IN PUBLIC

Other

City Island Images knows that authorities are saying not to allow this act of terrorism to alter our daily chores and regular schedules, but please be very careful moving around crowds.

Individuals from Maine, to Montana have expressed a sense of loss, sadness and anger, following this senseless attack on the Boston Marathon... Just a cautionary word to all our family and friends to stay safe!

If you see something suspicious, contact authorities immediately!

http://www.fbi.gov/

http://www.dhs.gov/

Russian Payback?

Other

President Obama threw Russian spies out of the US. As payback, Russian hackers could have taken down the US Customs computer system on the busiest travel day of the year causing them to go manual.

All as a cover to a fresh team of spies arrival at US airports slipped thru the system to do their tasks in the US just as undocumented people instead of known Foreign Diplomats.

Using Internet connections in the US instead of foreign IP addresses which would easier to trace and harder to filter out. Trump did say something about the hacking would soon be coming to light.

GLOBAL CIVILITY?

Problem

Unfortunately 90 percent of news content is controlled by handful of media giants. This is one of the main reasons to diversify your information sources.

Journalists are complaining about this across the board at many online, print and broadcast outlets. Our news aggregate website, DOSE OF NEWS: www.doseofnews.com is finding too much bad news lately. Here is a sample.

Baltimore Freddie Gray protests turn violent as police and crowds clash http://gu.com/p/47p9y/stw

West, South Side shootings leave 1 dead, 5 wounded http://fw.to/ih4NLHR

WRITING RIGHT AWAY

Other

Browse a bookstore's classics section and you're bound to read a preponderance of books by dead white rich men. These books are pretty great, but the NY Writers Coalition has dedicated itself to making sure an even wider and greater variety of voices is heard.

LUCKY SEVEN?

Solution

This Mega Millions jackpot has now grown to over $454 million. According to Lotery oficials, this is the seventh largest in the history of USA.

You've got to be in it to win it. This is what many are saying as they purchase tickets. Millions of Americans are hoping to strike it rich tonight in one of the largest lottery jackpots ever offered in the United States. This is almost a half billion dollars, folks.

Valentines Day Celebration

Solution

V Day is days away. Are you wondering about ways to treat that special person in your life? Are you considering fancy chocolates and fine wine, or perhaps a sensual massage?

Our recommendation is simple and direct. Gratitude Kudos... This year on February 14th, while many couples are spending the big bucks at restaurants, drinking overpriced wines, try cuddling on your couch and saying nice things to each other. Because it turns out that despite all the efforts to impress on V-Day, simply appreciating each other does more for your relationship than almost anything else.

NYC EMERGENCY CALL CENTER

News

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.

RIP: Don Rickles

Other

Queens-born wiseguy comedian Don Rickles died today. The Donald of comedy, who became famous for insulting everyone was 90. The comic died at his home in Los Angeles of kidney failure.
https://youtu.be/GUQOZvWcGeY

Don Rickles, legendary insult comic, dies at 90 http://bit.ly/2oIVf2s

Don Rickles, king of insult comedy, dies at 90 https://apnews.com/1055331fd4d2411180d5dd5468194739

RIP: Don Rickles says Donald Trump Tried to Sell Him a Condo https://youtu.be/yXSdWvqNqwk

BBC News - Legendary US comedian Don Rickles dies at 90 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39520006

Comments

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