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Mike Masterson - what were you thinking?

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So I’ve been sitting on this for two days now, reading and rereading, and finally have to say something. Shame on you, Mike Masterson.

In his “Dads and their belts” column which ran in the Democrat-Gazette this week, Mike extolls the virtues of spanking kids. Well, not just spanking. No, Mike had to go skinny dipping in the moral cesspool of beating kids with a belt, taking the unsuspecting reader along with him.

Writing about the case of a florida man who had left bruises along his son’s upper legs after “disciplining” him with a belt for bad grades, Mike then began to write about his experiences as child when his own father would use his belt on the kids.

The most bizarre section of the column is:

Lest hysterical flamers out there search to get the wrong impression (which usually is about this point in my columns where they begin to misread and feel digestive juices gurgling ), no, I do not believe in child abuse, or beating children, or abuse of any form. I believe there are limits to physical discipline beyond which genuine abuse begins to occur.


For instance, striking me with a belt buckle is abuse. So is striking my back or chest or face instead of my bottom. Like virtually everything in life, effectively disciplining a child is a matter of common sense and mature, loving discretion.

The second paragraph quoted reads oddly like a bondage manual I read once.

But other than that, what can I say? Beating with a belt is genuine child abuse. And leaving welts or bruises on a kid’s legs? That’s just horrific.

When I agree with Mike Masterson, I usually agree whole heartedly. But when I read something like this, it just makes my skin crawl.


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News? What's that?

We had a police shooting in Fayetteville this week, but KFSM (Channel 5) devoted an unusually large portion on their “news” program last night to a Halloween party at the local mall. Why do I get the feeling that KFSM was one of the sponsors of this event?

I guess that old Andy Williams song “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” really applies to stations like KFSM between now and New Years Day - so many excuses not to do any actual news reporting,

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Guilty Pleasures

About once a week I listen to Ray Dotson on KOFC.  I’ve never heard anyone mangle the English language as well as he does. He really has it down into an art form.


rsdrake@nwark.com

 

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