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IQ: To Spank or Not to Spank 

The El Paso County Department of Human Services has come under attack by County Commissioner Betty Beedy and constituent Suzanne Shell in recent months for allegedly interfering too much in the parenting process (see "God Bless the Child," p. 12). Central to their complaints is the notion of parental sanctity in disciplining their children -- including by spanking. We wondered how you felt about applying, or sparing, the rod to discipline a child.

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Steve Laycock
Dentist Neighborhood: Broadmoor Bluffs
Have you ever needed or used services of the Department of Human Services? No.

What kind of job do you think El Paso County's Department is doing? I really don't have an idea.

Should parents spank their kids? I think there's probably times.

Should they be free to discipline their kids in any way they see fit? No, I wouldn't say any way. I believe there's times that they probably need to be spanked.

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Emily Lewis
Concessions employee Neighborhood: Manitou
Have you ever needed or used services of the Department of Human Services? No.

What kind of job do you think El Paso County's Department is doing? I wouldn't know either way.

Should parents spank their kids? Sometimes some disciplinary action is required, but I don't think they should.

Should parents be free to discipline their kids in any way they see fit? No. I think putting a child in the corner's fine, but when you're beating your kids, I don't think that's OK.

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Nathan Miller
GI Neighborhood: Downtown
Have you ever needed or used services of the Department of Human Services? No.

What kind of job do you think El Paso County's Department is doing? I think they could be doing more. There's a lot of children around that just need more attention from the family and the court will step in, but then they'll step right back out. They're not paying attention enough to the children.

Should parents spank their kids? Not to an extreme, but occasionally a kid will need it.

Should parents be free to discipline their kids in any way they see fit? Not any way they see fit, but they should be free to discipline their kids without someone stepping in and telling them, "You shouldn't discipline your kid like that."

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