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!!!

MEDIA MADNESS

Problem

Why is it that following acts of violence, which causes multiple deaths, the media keeps mentioning the perpetrator? These people who commit crimes are sick people seeking attention and the media gives it to them every time. We need to have conversations with friends and colleagues about this problem.

CITY IMAGES proposes that these criminals be left in the shadows to lurk in their own darkness. The emotional crescendo of family friends and our nation is understandable following tormented losses, most of which are caused by the growing access of guns in this country.

Happy Flu Year

Problem

A flu epidemic has spread across the US, with 15 child deaths reported in nine states so far, according to federal health officials.

It’s not possible to predict how bad this flu season will be like. Flu seasons are unpredictable in a number of ways. While flu spreads every year, the timing, severity, and length of the season usually varies from one season to another.

Flu viruses are constantly changing so it's not unusual for new flu viruses to appear each year. For more information about how flu viruses change, visit How the Flu Virus Can Change.

Creepy Crooners

Problem

The act or sound of crooning is defined as singing in an evenly modulated, slightly exaggerated manner.
Singers began crooning in the 1930s and have been popular ever since. Take a look, listen and let us see if you agree.

Billie Holiday - My Man (1937) https://youtu.be/lNL29rng3r0 via @YouTube

Robin Thicke Blurred Lines [Unrated] Version ft TI Pharrell https://youtu.be/sAHR5AIAzAc via @YouTube

MARILYN MONROE - My Heart Belongs to Daddy - The RARE Movie Scene HD https://youtu.be/IEJKZAApbf0 via @YouTube

NEWS QUICKIE

Other

YOUNG BALTIMORE BLACKS CRASH AND BURN
State of emergency curfew declared as National Guard restores order, while local cops tactics are under scrutiny.

WAITING FOR HELP AFTER NEPAL EARTHQUAKE
International aid on the way to Kathmandu valley, while distribution of the food is expected to finally begin.

WILL FED BANK BOOST BENCHMARK?
Fed policymakers are hinting on hiking the Fed's benchmark rate for the first time since 2006.

SUPREME COURT CONSIDERS GAY MARRIAGE
Oral arguments over US Constitution giving same-sex couples the right to marry in all 50 states in the union.

I WANT TO BE 39 FOREVER

Idea

Here are reasons why I wish to be 39 forever:

I have no clue what's on MTV.

When people say older folks they're talking about me.

I'm more likely to forget to have sex than to forget to floss.

If I eat chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast, I've gained an inch of waistline by dinnertime.

I get a full night's sleep, but look like I was up all night. But not up all night doing something cool.

I'm probably never going to be a Solid Gold Dancer, Soul Train or American Bandstand..

The me in my head is like the foxy little brother of the me in the mirror.

If I strolled across a college campus, people would assume teacher, professor Ph.D!

I'm old enough to finally be admitted to the AARP.

Most days, I choose comfort over style. I'm a traitor to my stilettos.

All the tanning I did is showing up now as brown blotches. Get a Sharpie and you could draw.

The Psychedelic Furs, Duran Duran and The Cure are now considered oldies.

Everything I wore in high school has been appropriated ironically by hipsters.

Only a fortysomething is old enough to remember the TV show Thirtysomething. More irony.

Oooh, my aching back, legs, arms, neck...etc.

Ages 31-39 are a total blur. I'm scared I'll blink and be 100.

I still think 33-year-old gals are hot. And they're like, sir?

Why didn't I take topless pictures of myself when I was younger?

I fantasize about taping up the sides of my face. It takes 10 years off instantly.

Touching my toes is not a guarantee.

Forget 50 Shades of Grey - my nightstand is full of Bengay. The apothecary is open!

I even have one of those days-of-the-week vitamin boxes.

If I buy a turtle it might outlive me.

The bad habits I still have are probably here to stay.

I say things like, "What's the name of that actor, you know, he was in that thing?"

I get a hangover from looking at liquor.

My next milestone birthday is... I forgot!

New York City Violence

Problem

Violent incidents, including series of random slashing has many c0ommuters on edge. Recent victims include cops shot, a grandmother slashed on the subway, a man stabbed in broad daylight in the East Village... etc.

In the coming weeks, New Yorkers are seeing extra uniformed officers at subway stations and strategic locations across the city.

De Blasio makes speech as 2 cops are shot nearby in Bronx http://nydn.us/23MzpaE

Woman Stabbed With 'Needle' On New York Subway http://news.sky.com/story/1636657/woman-stabbed-with-needle-on-new-york-...

MAKE YOUR MOVE NOW

Solution

With just one week to go before the Federal Communications Commission votes on Net Neutrality, cable companies are engaging in some last-ditch efforts to have FCC vote their way.

A key House subcommittee that deals with Internet issues is holding a hearing just one day before the FCC vote on the future for millions of people, who have been fighting for Net Neutrality. This is just another attempt to politicize a nonpartisan issue.

Please contact the committee members and tell them that millions of people support the FCC Plan.

Nightmare On Pain Street

Problem

There are only a few more days folks. This has been the most toxic US Camp Pain in modern history, where one unqualified candidate has managed to insult hundreds of individuals, groups, and organizations, including his own political party. What if we were to wake up on November 9th to a risky, out of control president, or another recount?

This family is full of questionable actions and contradictions. Yesterday Donald's former nude model wife ( http://ajeet.mobi/066dee77f88c )

Shame on You: WEINERS

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These two Weiners' expiration dates have passed and now appear to be ready to serve phoney baloney to anyone who will buy into it.

Watching them is like viewing an old Jerry Springer rerun. These two are trying to claw their way into public office.

New York City voters will never elect this guy to be their pubic servant... Imagine him texting, while working as Mayor?

These two take the "fun" out of the term dysfunctional couple. He does not have a real job and he is asking NYC voters to trust him with the keys to City Hall. What is he thinking?

NEWS QUICKIE

Other

INDIA'S KILLER HEAT WAVE
The oppressive heat killed more than 1,400 people so far and will likely continue for several more days.

HOUSTON FLOODING
The nation's fourth largest city is vulnerable to flooding, and control efforts are offset by population explosion.

FIFA RAIDS TAKE MAXIMUM EFFECT
Anti-corruption shakes the soccer world as planned for the sport's governing body's annual gathering in Zurich.

GOP CONTENDER SERVES ORGANIZATIONS
Jeb Bush has served over a dozen companies and nonprofits, while earning him millions of dollars.

FREDDIE GRAY FALLOUT

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