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!!!

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.

WORLDWIDE CIVILITY

Solution

While speaking with a friend and neighbor today, its appears that poor behavior is the new normal. Please make it a call-to-action towards restoration of respectful gestures and tolerance towards everyone, regardless or their nationality, race, color, creed, or sexual preference.
Live and let live is the policy and personal philosophy that should be practiced by all.

www.choosingcivility.org

www.paxis.org

www.schoolclimate.org

www.gratefulness.org

www.familyresource.com

www.cultureofpeacealliance.org

www.projectcivildiscourse.org

http://bensbells.org/

US vs JAPAN

Attraction
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They will meet again. Japan already beat the United States in a shootout to win its first title. Not on Sunday in Vancouver the first repeat Women's World Cup final.

Japan becomes the second nation to repeat as champion, or will US become the first team to win three World Cups?

Women's World Cup: Own goal sends Japan to final http://upi.com/5167484t via @upisports

Japan, U.S. have revenge on their minds in World Cup final http://reut.rs/1JDkJ2V via @Reuters

U.S. looking to 'put it right' against Japan four years later http://usat.ly/1LXLteK via @usatoday

Time To Act Now

Solution

TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Is Homosexuality Accepted?

Idea

According to a new study by Fayetteville State University, homosexuality is generally viewed negatively. That is certainly the case in the Jewish and Christian holy books as well as the Quran, although opinions differ as to interpretation. The practice has been condemned by these religions. An Imam in Orlando, Florida, the site of the mass murder of homosexuals, has gone so far as to say that killing homosexuals would be the compassionate thing to do.

MALAYSIAN FLIGHT SHOT DOWN

News

A passenger 777 Boeing airplane from Malaysia Airlines flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has reportedly crashed in eastern Ukraine, Russia. The plane reportedly went down near the border between Russia and Ukraine.

This Malaysian passenger airliner with 295 people on board crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border.280 passengers and 15 crew members were reportedly on board when the plane went down.

Official: Malaysian Plane Shot Down Over Ukraine http://video.ap.org/Official-Malaysian-Plane-Shot-Down-Over-Ukraine-2642...

NEWS QUICKIE

Other

EARTH DAY
Take care of Mother Nature and celebrate every day as Earth Day, because it's the only home we have.

TAKING IT TO THE STREETS
They're mad as hell and wont take it any more, after Freddie Gray suffered a fatal injury in a police van.

TSARNAEV'S DEFIANCE
Prosecutors show the jury a photo of the Boston bomber extending his middle finger to the jail camera.

WHAT HAPPENED TO BILL?
Clinton's presidential camp-pain stops include stories about her family, all but the infamous, Mr. Bill.

HBO BLOW TO CABLE

Walk Around

Solution

Did you know that every year on the first Wednesday in April is National Walking Day?

This day is set aside by the American Heart Association to encourage us all to get out on their own two feet and walk for their health.

Health benefits of brisk walking include reduced body fat, lower blood pressure and it facilitates lower mortality rates from cardiovascular disease. Just make sure you pick up the pace.

Also, if you take a walk, but make sure you put it back.

Stepping Stones Outlook

Other

The recently completed third quarter reminded us that financial markets entail risk even as the
Federal Reserve continues to pursue its extraordinary monetary policies adopted during the
financial crisis seven years ago. The third 10% stock market correction since the bull market
emerged in 2009 came after a record stretch of time without one. However, the volatility was
minor compared to the Black Monday crash of October 19, 1987 which convinced President
Reagan to establish the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets. Comprised of the

Global Extinction

Problem

Massive extinctions have taken place for millions of years, so long ago that life had time to start again from zero, leaving behind creatures that were lost forever in the transformations suffered by a young, inexpert and changing.

We are the most efficient agent of a phenomenon which is as old as life itself: the extinction of species. But we are becoming so efficient in our role as destroyers that, as we begin to understand the interdependent mechanisms of life on earth, we are realizing that perhaps our own activities could end up leading our species along the road to extinction.

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