I do not believe any kind of spanking is justified ["Court: OK to spank child," News, July 22].

All levels of hitting have the potential to cause serious physical harm to a child's sensitive skin and developing organs. Second, it would only be logical to assume that an impressionable child will think it's OK to use physical force when he or she is upset or angry. I do not know of one accredited pediatric or psychological association that agrees with using physical force to "teach" our children anything other than how to hurt another person.

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This terrible ruling by the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court should not be allowed to bring spanking back into our thoughts or vocabulary -- or to let parents think they're justified to hit at will.

Carolyn Mann, Massapequa