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Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Best Heroes!

- March 26th, 2012  

Chris Jackson

It usually takes a lot to catch a firefighter by surprise. After all, those professionals deal with emergencies on a daily basis and are trained to handle whatever comes along.

But Traverse City firefighter is humbled and a little taken aback by being chosen by Express readers as one of their heroes.

“I’m really surprised,” says Jackson, who joined the TC department in 2001 and was nominated for the award last year too. “I thank everyone who voted for me. I really appreciate everyone who voted for me. It’s very humbling to be chosen.”

Jackson is quick to note that he’s part of a seven-man team of firefighters and gives his team credit for any success he has. They work a 56-hour work week and when not responding to fire calls or medical emergencies, they keep busy working gear or taking part in safety projects like the current campaign to provide smoke detectors to city residents.

“Folks may think that between calls we just sit around and drink coffee, but that’s not true at all,” says Jackson with a laugh. “We stay busy.”

Jackson grew up in Traverse City, graduating from Senior High School in 1993. “When I was about 13 or 14, I met a volunteer (firefighter) who let me read his medical first aid book. I was hooked. After that I wanted to be a firefighter.

In 1998, he earned his paramedic degree.

“Eighty percent of our calls are EMS calls,” says Jackson. “We’re here for all types of emergencies.”

Jackson isn’t sure who nominated him for this honor, but he has his suspicions. His wife, Stephanie, is a teacher at Central Grade School and a friend of hers nominated him last year.

Jackson expects the honor to generate a little good-natured razzing from his firefighter co-workers, but it’s worth it. “I’m just grateful for everyone who took time to vote for me,” he says.

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