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!!!

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

Announcement
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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.

PATRIOTS?

Other

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.

NEWS QUICKIE

Other

PHILADELPHIA AMTRAK 199 DERAILMENT KILLS SEVEN
140 taken to hospitals, another six injured critically by a nigh time derailment, while NTSB investigates its causes.

MORE DAMAGED BUILDINGS IN NEPAL
Most people are spending the night in tents and under makeshift shelters made of plastic tarps.

TRADE VOTE SHOWS BROKEN POLITICS
The outcome pints to strained relations between Obama and Republicans as well as Capitol Hill Democrats.

IRAN WARNS US AND SAUDI ARABIA
Iran tells Saudi-led coalition targeting Yemeni rebels that blocking its aid ship bound for Yemen will spark a fire.

THE BRONX SUMMER SIZZLES

Attraction
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The summer is heating up in The Bronx in more ways than one as the 4th Annual Bronx SalsaFest gets underway beginning this weekend!

El Condado de la Salsa (the borough of Salsa) will, once again, celebrate the music, the dance, and the artists in a month-long festival bringing together a collaborative of institutions and community-based organizations presenting a variety of Salsa-related activities.

SMELL OF ENERGY?

Idea

Global scientific researchers are suggesting that manure may save the world from destruction, along with other crap humans routinely generate and throw away.

The message is loud and clear. Humans have long been producing a shit load of excrement and we have mistakenly been thinking that this crap is useless.

Feces power alone will not solve the world's energy challenges. But it looks like our European neighbors have woken up and smelled the aroma, realizing there no point letting all that crap go to waste.

The health of our planet may well depend on it.

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