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6 Wednesday, November 6, 1996 West Seattle Herald/White Center News Every week, in a variety of forms, we receive opinions about our newspaper -- some strident, some ludicrous, some well-informed. We appreciate all kinds of input, even the vilest comments. It keeps us on our toes. But letters and phone calls, though effective, are only transitory voices. Want some real clout in shaping the look of the Herald-News? Want a true inside glimpse of the workings of your community newspaper? Then you want to con- sider applying for our 1997 Readers' Panel. The inaugural panel has met once a month since January, and thoughts from its 12 mem- bers significantly impacted the new-look Her- ald-News. Now we need a dozen more citizens to serve on our 1998 panel. It isn't hard; all we ask is 90 minutes a month, plus a commitment to read the paper with a critical eye. There are no special qualifications required. To apply, send a short letter by Nov. 30 to: 3500 S.W. Alaska St., Seattle, WA 98126. Help us shape our future. Al, bT Im GuN-I LAT' o IT'; liME Avaaa CITIT:I;NG LIKE Mr= 6FT UP OFF oUi AND I;ND To MAgN ;I CLICk! // LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Spanking Editor: The father as teared parent is be!ng held up once more as the model. Methinks that Danny Madden ("Spanking doesn't deserve its evil connotations," Oct. 30) has read too much of Dr. Dobson's approach, and I suspect that he may be one of those who attends Promise Keeper meetings so he can assure that he stays at the head of his household. The age of bringing children up to be per- sonally responsible and thinking for them- selves didn't arise out of fear. It arose out of parents modeling the behavior that was appro- priate for living in a cooperative society and allowing their children to express themselves and be creative within safe limits. Holding fear over a child teaches a child to hold fear over others. Not to mention the sexual overtones of putting a hand to the child's bot- tom. So Madden's young son is giving tit for tat -- but in this case it is crotch bites. Hitting may be a quick fix but it only teaches that you'd bet- ter do what Dad wants or you get whacked. The great humanitarian moves toward pre- serving our precious earth environment for all creatures and the great creative strides that young people have made in the field of elec- tronics and communication weren't made by fearful people. They were made by people whose parents gave them the freedom to explore and use their own intelligence. They were made by young people who weren't afraid to risk or try out new ideas. Let's stop justifying the spanking of chil- dren. Let's start exploring effective parenting methods and then apply them with love. Georgie Kunkel Westwood Violence begats more violence Editor: Dan Madden's column last week extolling the virtues of spanking hit me harder than the thin end of a hickory stick. His assertion that a good old-fashioned whipping is the lost tool of parental discipline in the 1990s unfortunately continues to be an element of the parental guidebook in many households. While I'm sure Mr. Madden is a loving par- ent and sincerely believes spanking is an ever- present reminder to his child to follow the "straight and narrow," the back of a parent's hand or the sting administered by a leather belt only reinforces one thing: physical vio- lence is a viable way for an individual to resolve a conflict. Whoever is bigger and stronger, rules. Spanking provides tacit proof to a child that it's okay to hit another person -- be it a stranger, school pal, sister or mother -- to resolve a dispute. To attribute teen violence and disrespectful behavior to a lack of corporal punishment at home is simplistic and just plain erroneous. I suggest the growing rate of absentee fathers, homes where video games have replaced dinner- table discussions, and society's general decrease in valuing one's elders can take that rap. "L bod't pretenO to "be a dtiiib psydladlognst. But my experience is that a couple of days without television, or depravation of a favorite activity, carries more sting than a momentary slap across the backside. There are plenty of ways to let your child know when his or. her behavior is out of line. But hitting a child shouldn't be part of any par- ent's disciplinary arsenal. Editorial cartoon Bob Smith Fauntleroy 'Big Labor' is opponents, but I American I am a Labor" is im "Big Labor" ! and workin vidual have as I would like editorial page: that. torial ing. I'm sure range of a counterpoint livelier important to me ;! Editor: The I am writing to express my dismay over Address your Oct. 30 editorial cartoon re: "Big Labor." 98116, It is my opinion that this drawing crossed Alaska St. over the line of political commentary to out- To be right distortion. Nowhere in this political sea- lull name and son have I seen an ad that clearly lies. There cation. We are many that stretch the position of their O "I want property taxes lower, expecially for senior citizens and people whose homes are paid for. " Roxanna Boatick Admiral "I'd like to see him make some inroads on edu- cation. That's our futtlre. " Bill Hoelacher Admiral "Support the state universities better than they are now." Fred Randecker Morgan Juror/on "Could he per- haps do some- thing about the conditions of streets and the congestion on the free ways ?" Don Coleman Admiral