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.

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.

US SECRET SURVEILLANCE

News

Following Edward Snowden's disclosures about the National Security Agency's alleged spying programs that resulted in a passionate national debate about surveillance and individual privacy. President Obama outlined several points today. He delivered a speech about NSA surveillance and the future of digital privacy.

Mr. Obama introduced a number of welcome reforms to NSA surveillance, while leaving in place the bulk collection of Americans' sensitive data.

65 YEARS OF PEANUTS

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'Peanuts' turns 65 years old... Good grief! It's been 65 years since Charlie Brown and the gang first delighted readers in a comic strip published in several newspapers.

Six and a half decades later, the Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts has become an iconic American character. In fact, the animated cartoon favorite has received its own stamps for the renowned TV special, A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Battered After Storms

Solution

Shell shocked coastal communities are trying to respond to death and destruction caused in Texas, Florida and throughout the Caribbean.

In the US, Florida and Texas are some of the largest states with the most hurricane damage as a result of Hurricane drenching rains and the damaging storm surge. This is climate change, not fake news, folks.

PATRIOTS?

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A patriot is someone who defends the rules and the enumeration of certain rights, which shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the public.

Hispanic Heritage

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Nearly fifty years after Hispanic Heritage Month began, US President Ronald Reagan extended Hispanic Heritage Week to a 30-day period. President Lyndon Johnson inaugurated the original week-long celebration. Are we united in America?

Casi cincuenta años después de que comenzó Mes de la Hispanidad, el presidente de Estados Unidos Ronald Reagan extendió Semana de Herencia Hispana a un período de 30 días. Presidente Lyndon Johnson inauguró la celebración original de una semana de duración. Estamos unidos en América?

HAPPY 14TH AMENDMENT DAY

News

Happy BIRTHDAY, 14th Amendment. Amendment XIV to the United States Constitution was adopted on July 9, 1868, as one of the Reconstruction Amendments.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

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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