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!!!

NEWS QUICKIE

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G-7 AGENDA
Iraq, Nigeria and Tunisia outline struggles in their fight against terror, global trade, climate change and hunger.

GAZA COMPLICATIONS
Hamas confronts jihadi militants from the Islamic State intent on renewing the conflict with Israel.

THEY DO NOT LOVE NY PRISON
Two convicted murderers escaped from an upstate New York prison by using power tools remain on the loose.

TEXAS COP SHOT ON VIDEO
Dallas area police filmed pushing 14-year-old girl to the ground near a pool and pointing his gun at teens.

ANOTHER MERS DEATH IN SOUTH KOREA

Vaping e-cigarettes

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Dictionaries are calling vaping the act of smoking an e-cigarette. Vaping has gone mainstream and it has become the word of the year, according to Oxford.

The usage of the word vape and related terms has shown a marked increase due to the growing public debate on the public dangers and the need for regulation.

The word, which was first used in the 1980s, can be employed as a verb to mean inhaling and exhaling the vapour produced by electronic cigarettes but also as a noun to refer to the devices themselves.

THE ART OF A STEAL

Problem

Who's is the real crook and how much was that deal worth? Reports continue to surface concerning payoffs and the deal is beginning to look more like a steal.

Greg Abbott's top consumer attorneys built a $5.4M case against Donald Trump, but it never happened http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2016/06/greg-abbotts-top-consumer...

'Trump U' scandal gets worse for Florida's AG http://on.msnbc.com/215rDWa via @msnbc

8.4 BILLION MOUTHS TO FEED

Issue

The United Nations estimates that the world will have a population of 8.4 billion by 2030. These statistics were released during the 48th session of the UN Commission on Population and Development that opened in NYC on Monday.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon said the international community is going to forge a set of sustainable development goals and they will be influenced by the profound demographic shifts which take place in current world, especially those related to youth, the elderly, urbanization and migration.

Writing and Wrongings

Solution

Blogs like #CITYIMAGES not only provide multiple viewpoints about pleasant issues and adversity but allow for public comments as long as they do not cross the line of civility.

Humans evolved to notice sounds, smells, to appreciate smiles or the body language of a potential friend or foe. We adapt to conditions and learn and to do all of the things necessary for survival. We enjoy the arts, and music because rhythm and melodies have been the methods we have communicated over long distances.

NY NJ PORT AUTHORITY READY?

News

The Port Authority claims to be ready to tackle winter’s latest blast of snow, which is projected to begin tomorrow morning and continue until Wednesday morning.

The agency says it is prepared to deploy extra staff and has assembled snow equipment to handle what forecasters say could be significant snow and bitter cold temperatures at the Port Authority’s airports, tunnels, bridges, PATH system and seaport.

NO LAUGHING MATTER

Problem

Dozens of women have accused comedian Bill Cosby of inappropriate sexual behavior and had the opportunity to tell their stories on NBC TV.

Mr. Cosby hasn't been charged with a crime, or publicly responded to the allegations, but his representatives denied he had non-consensual sexual interaction with anyone.

Meanwhile, Bill Cosby's legal case moves forward, with an expected deposition.

The Bill Cosby Accusers Speak Out on Dateline http://www.nbcnews.com/pages/cosby-accusers-speak via @nbcnews

WINTER BLUES

Problem

If you're one of the millions who suffer from anxiety and depression and feeling the winter blues in a major way, the constant extreme-cold temps and gray skies are taking their toll.

It's a feeling of emptiness that makes the bones feel so heavy, and a forklift couldn't get you out of bed. It's a deep sadness that usually comes with something like the loss of a loved one. It's an achy neck and irritable snaps, racing thoughts or no thoughts at all. It's exhausting.

40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS

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Actually, the camp pain ends in less than thirty-nine days, but who's counting? AMERICAN
It's as if some voters feel their choice is between Dracula and Frankenstein.

Donald Trump Bashes Alicia Machado Again, Alleging a ‘Sex Tape’ Without Evidence http://nyti.ms/2d1502T

Trump tripped up by Clinton's Miss Universe comments http://usat.ly/2dKz6M2

Clinton ahead of Trump after debate, fear to motivate both sides | http://fxn.ws/2dLL1sS

Clinton leads Trump by 5 points: Reuters/Ipsos poll http://reut.rs/2dhwuCo

JOURNALISM RESOURCES

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Doctor Journalism

Henrik Örnebring is the Axess Research Fellow in Comparative European Journalism at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford. He blogs with a European point of view about general journalism developments, paying particular attention to research and the academic sphere.

Mediabistro

A nice one-stop shop for media professionals. Read up on industry news, peruse job openings, scope out forums.

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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