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Letters to the editor: Corporal punishment has negative consequences

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Spare the rod

The author of “Government control” (Your Views, Nov. 20) falsely accuses “liberals” of disallowing parents “to punish their kids for bad behavior.” Contrary to this assertion, what actually happened is that, in some regions, corporal punishment of children by parents and/or caregivers has been outlawed. But the writer apparently fails to understand that spanking and otherwise hitting children is not the only disciplinary measure for dealing with negative childhood behavior.

Indeed, corporal punishment, an outmoded and often abused punitive tool, certainly has its negative consequences on the part of the child and the parent, according to the American Psychological Association. For one thing, studies show that parents tend to become abusive when using this restraint. Further, children do not learn accepted alternatives to their negative behavior and tend to become more aggressive, anti-social and violent themselves. Although mild to moderate corporal punishment may avoid these consequences in some cases, anything exceeding that is rife with problems.

Stephen M. Feldman, M.S.Ed.

Valrico

Out of control

Amen to the letter writer’s comments on controlling children. The young people have learned they now have control and can do just about as they please without punishment. In giving up parental and teacher control we are raising a generation of disrespectful people. Giving some control back to parents and teachers in the classroom would help stop bullying and allow those students who really want to learn a chance at a better life.

L. Johnson

Plant City

Do unto others

Bullying is not just a problem in schools or with kids. It happens every day to adults in the workplace as well. Have you ever been snubbed by the cliques in your office? Well, we all have. Do they take it a step further and sneer at you, ignore you, email remarks about you, etc.? There are always people who think they are better than others. Why, I am not sure.

My guess is that their parents have told them they are better. Kids have to be taught empathy. Purposely hurting others can go too far. You can make them feel worthless. No one is worthless, so try to remember that when you feel superior. Practice the golden rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Donna Swenson

Lutz

Fueling conspiracies

I wish I had the ability to understand the “methodology” behind setting the price of gas at the pump. I’ve lived in northwest Pasco for 10 years and have always found the gas prices around S.R. 52 and U.S. 19 to be the lowest, if you can call any gas price low. I follow the news and the price per barrel and have been elated over the drop in price during the past few weeks. But lo and behold, at Walmart and RaceTrac the $2.99 price on Nov. 14 became $3.19 on Nov. 19 and rose the next day to $3.29.

There is not at this moment a sudden supply-and-demand crisis that I’m aware of. Why won’t someone in the media take the lead and do an investigation as to why this gouging takes place. The barrel price hasn’t risen, and Thanksgiving is still a week away. To me, it just seems like gas prices have become today’s version of highway robbery!

Jim Able

Hudson

Reject marijuana law

I have heard a few ads on the radio by a prominent lawyer asking for support in his campaign to have medical marijuana approved in Florida. He makes the case that it is for the good of the people and sounds fairly convincing. But I’ve also heard a talk show host interviewing a drug enforcement officer in Denver discussing that city’s experience with legalization.

Colorado has approved the use of marijuana for medical reasons and for recreational use by anyone over 21. According to the Denver officer the results have been alarming.

As I’ve said ever since Colorado passed legalization, I surely would not want to take young children out there skiing and subject them to that atmosphere. The same could be said for those families looking to vacation in our state should we pass such laws.

John Boyet

Tampa

No amnesty

Frank Keating, the former Republican governor of Oklahoma, does not speak for me, a Republican, in his column, “Immigration reform: The most Republican of causes” (Other Views, Nov. 18). Neither does he speak for 60 percent of Americans who oppose amnesty, as reported by the Pew Research poll.

If 11 million illegal immigrants are granted amnesty, how much higher will our unemployment rolls climb? For Keating to say, “Offering opportunities to new Americans doesn’t take jobs from citizens,” is asinine.

A common-sense approach to illegal immigration is to secure our border with the National Guard and build physical barriers such as fences and walls where necessary. The Democrats won’t have to destroy the Republican party. It is doing a fine job by itself.

Betty Dobson

Brooksville

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