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October 20, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Spanking: Some punishment is warranted by those who ‘just do not get it’

With all due respect for guest columnist Roslyn Ann Duffy, we, as a society, are witnessing the results of a total lack of consequences when bringing up a child [“Spanking teaches the wrong life lessons to children,” Opinion, Oct. 14].

We see every day young people breaking into homes or vehicles, and when they are arrested often receive a judicial “slap on the hands’” and are admonished to “not do that again.” They are turned out to repeat the very crimes they were doing before. Consequences have to be a part of learning.

I, like columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. [“What is and is not child abuse,” Opinion, Sept. 21], , was raised in a middle-class family and attended schools where, when I was told “do not do that again,” it had real consequences, both at home and in the classroom.

At some point in life, one has to realize that certain behavior is just not acceptable — and there is a price to pay when stepping over the line after being told ”no.”

I do not advocate resorting to a plywood paddle with holes in it as the only answer — but it must be in our “tool bag” as a reminder to those who “just do not get it,” as was the case when I was growing up. And this made me a better person as an adult.

Wally Adams, Seattle

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