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Romance coud be a 'moment' away

Oct 21, 2012 / 5:00 am
Dating has always held complexities that rival quantum physics for comprehension and methodology. This has gone on throughout the ages and can be true for both genders. But today’s women are making it tougher than ever. They're more beautiful, more sophisticated, classier, and more...

Women have it all already!

Jul 8, 2012 / 5:00 am
Some don’t realize it, a lot don’t recognize it, and many don’t appreciate it. The choices, options, and lifestyles that are available to women are not, contrary to modern trendy talk, available to men. Women can choose a path in life totally personal and unique to the...

Maxed out but still living large!

Jun 3, 2012 / 5:00 am
Maxed out, taxed out, lay-offs, a slow economy, it doesn’t matter to some families who won’t withdraw from life’s meaningless materialistic marathon. Lotteries and windfalls have changed how society envisions life, and not necessarily for the better. Fortune and financial...

Digging deeper into a civil diservice

May 20, 2012 / 1:04 pm
The previous column “When the Civil Service is a Disservice” first brought attention to a situation of civic disregard a month ago. Since then, some developments and a buried document have come to light concerning the City of Vernon, NORD, and more importantly the duped taxpayers of...

When the Civil Service is a disservice

Apr 15, 2012 / 12:00 am
Vernon is amazing in so many ways; beaches, lakes, parks, great schools, amenities, and a charming downtown. But Vernon has had issues, a confusing bureaucracy that has quarrelled endlessly. An ineffectual city council and countless committees have resulted in a very unproductive governance...

Put yourself in a teacher's class!

Apr 1, 2012 / 5:00 am
It’s an average day in an ordinary school; a teacher delivers the day’s lesson to a class of impressionable young minds. Little does the teachers realize, today’s lesson will resonate and be judged far beyond the classroom. The students are young but carry an important...

Teachers: What are you teaching?

Mar 18, 2012 / 5:00 am
Those poor, bullied, and under-appreciated teachers are now beginning two more weeks of time off, and as usual, it’s conveniently tied to a weekend or long weekend. Time to travel, garden, shop, and reflect in self-absorbed dejection on how hard done by their profession is. What other...

Women: Why a guy isn't good enough!

Mar 4, 2012 / 5:00 am
The emasculation of men in mainstream media is becoming so common, so ridiculous, that one is left to wonder if there are any smart, sensitive and comprehensive men out there. Dumb dad, geek dad, insensitive husband, and the general theme of buffoon man plays out in popular sitcoms and nightly...

Will rioters smile for court TV?

Feb 19, 2012 / 5:00 am
They showed no bashfulness when bashing in store windows. They waved, danced, and posed for their cameras in sick celebration. They smashed, crashed, and burned everything in sight. They gained fame and misfortune, with excited participants and appalled bystanders recording their infamous actions...

Parents are out of control

Feb 5, 2012 / 5:00 am
The young men and women who gained fame and misfortune while filming themselves during the Riot Act, of Stanley Cup 2011, have become symbolic of a generation of dis-associated youth, with little moral compass. However, many are the product of self-absorbed and narcissistic parents who thought not...

The secret conversations of men

Jan 22, 2012 / 5:00 am
What goes on in men’s minds, what conversations really take place in the locker rooms and lunch rooms of today’s husbands? Do men really like their minivan? Is it a cool swagger wagon, or has it become a breeder bus? How will they ever keep up to the time demands of their kids, the...

Generations of pathetic parenting

Jan 8, 2012 / 5:00 am
The distressing aspect of today’s parents, both the young parents, and perennial rescuing boomer parents, is they have forgotten or have forgone the very model of successful parenting that has kept society strong for decades; the strict, no no-nonsense style the parents of baby boomers...

Middleclass Xmas: going for broke

Dec 11, 2011 / 5:00 am
The middleclass have become an indistinguishable herd, with scripted lifestyles that encourage mass uniformity. From the manner of dress, to what they drive, it all follows a script written by the mass marketing and media machine that promotes excess at any cost. And Christmastime is the...

Middle class voters - absent again!

Nov 13, 2011 / 5:00 am
As an atrocious example of voter apathy, in Vernon during the last civic election, there was less than a third of registered voters casting ballots, and a huge percentage of that pathetic number was seniors. It seems a vast percentage of the demanding middle class, had better things to do, than...

'Occupy' boomer parents to blame

Oct 30, 2011 / 5:00 am
Society is facing a problem with young people not stepping up constructively to take part in solving society’s issues; voting, getting involved in politics, school boards, or community service are examples. The weight is still being carried by an older demographic. So how did so many young...

Wives with secrets

Oct 16, 2011 / 5:00 am
Recently an article titled the “SECRET LIVES OF WIVES” has garnered attention and support from those who might equate love and marriage to some kind of flexible and open, emotional and sexual arrangement; one that can be kept or broken, on the yearnings of the women who feel invalidated...

Real men want a partner not playmate

Oct 2, 2011 / 5:00 am
The most beautiful women in the world, and currently in command of the thinking man’s attention, are the modern, accomplished, mature women. Society has never truly recognized the women that make up this demographic until recently and there are a lot of hot, attractive examples in...

Parents: Quit playing and do your job!

Sep 18, 2011 / 5:00 am
Have you been privileged enough to spend time recently with some of today’s socially disassociated youth? Ever wonder where the little darlings picked up their social skills? Perhaps it’s the proud parent beside them, in designer clothes, with the Hollywood haircut and a blackberry...

Seniors and the 'S' symbol

Aug 4, 2011 / 5:00 am
Most middle-aged adults learned to drive in the presence of a parent preaching responsible driving behaviours, stressing how important respect and public safety were to the general public. Shockingly, some of those same people, who are now seniors, have forgotten the very essential values they...

Rioters: who raised these kids?

Jun 21, 2011 / 5:00 am
One hundred anarchists didn’t have much trouble recruiting 1000 well dressed, well equipped, suburban young adults. The media and public are now coming to the realization the group of degenerates downtown were not predominantly anarchists, but the fine sons and daughters of our middle class....

Alberta drivers, fast cars & toys

Jun 5, 2011 / 5:00 am
By air, land, and water, our bustling valley is going to become occupied territory with the impending incursion of thousands and thousands of visitors from the prairies within 30 days. A lot of us enjoy the liveliness that vacationers bring, many of us resent the intrusion, but all of us...

Living for show without any dough

May 8, 2011 / 5:00 am
Here we go again with another bout of suburban gas, and grocery hysteria. Forget common sense, sensible monetary planning, or doing any form of personal inventory on our spending practices. The media trumpets a jingle, and we all drum along, angry victims, expecting the government to step...

Men & women tying up the score

Apr 24, 2011 / 5:00 am
Here we go everyone, playoffs 2011, two months of non-stop, can’t live without it, hockey action. Spring used to be a time for renewal, an end to winter's hibernation. Unfortunately, the playoffs are now two months of over commercialized, over hyped, beer, truck, and Viagra...

Men & motorbikes cruisin' in costume

Apr 10, 2011 / 5:00 am
It’s that time of year again when motorcycles are on the road and we hear the biker’s usual complaints of getting no respect from other drivers. Enough already, I suggest a lot of riders have no respect for us, the average motorist. A small but highly noticeable percentage,...

Working women are personally invested

Mar 27, 2011 / 5:00 am
After almost three decades of women’s talk shows, today's men are better informed than ever, whether we want to be or not. Subsequently, a lot of men have taken the deluge of either useful information, or the martyrdom of sacrificial propaganda, and used it wisely to figure out...

Ego-friendly or eco-friendly?

Mar 11, 2011 / 5:00 am
Today’s green movement, as practiced by many in the middle class, is a travesty, a disingenuous, deceitful and deplorable example of insincere appearances and generational propaganda, that resembles a dysfunctional faith, full of preaching, rife with sin and condoning hypocrisy. I...

MacMansions and Toys

Feb 25, 2011 / 5:00 am
For many middle class Canadians, the manner to display suburban success or foolish excess has simply been by using credit - essentially, having the very best the bank's money can buy. The day has finally come when the fashionable visage has shattered, replaced with informed transparency. Many...

Unlawful parents put kids at risk

Feb 11, 2011 / 5:00 am
You’re a typical busy parent - a role model and leader, soccer and ballet on your mind. You’re driving down Main Street, with the kids in the back watching your every move, consciously and sub-consciously. Would you knowingly do something illegal in front of your kids? Would you throw your...

Modern women want more

Jan 28, 2011 / 5:00 am
With Christmas and New Year’s over, and a long winter sapping our social initiative, I would like to dispel some masculine perceptions about the Okanagan's social scene and the modern woman's needs and social desires. Today's modern woman is not satisfied watching you indulge on a menu of...
About the Author

Jeff Hunkin is a 47-year-old Community Service Worker working with autistically challenged male adults in Vernon. The son of a retired Edmonton city policeman, Hunkin was raised and educated in both BC and Alberta. Hunkin continued his studies of the Human experience for over 10 years, in 7 provinces, 3 states, 15 cities and at least a 100 postal codes.

At times he has known the privilege of materialistic wealth and at others lived in a world of harsh poverty.  He has loved and lost more than most people see in a lifetime, he has been a free, happy and unbridled spirit, yet for a period of time, imprisoned within the depths of depression, all the while studying and observing the human experience unfold before him.

Hunkin's subjects are the very topics we usually discuss in our staff rooms, coffee shops or dinner parties. For whatever reason; being fear-based, being politically correct, or just no mainstream media theatres of discussion, these subjects rarely see the ink of print. HER side, his side, their side, your side, you may not like it, but someone will. Hunkin will take it, talk about it, run with it, roll with it, and see where it takes us all.

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