Gee, where was this debate when I needed input for a speech two months ago, haha. Anyway, I was spanked but only for the extremely serious infractions and honestly I can tell you that whatever it was that I did, I never did again. And even then I do know that I was never spanked more than two times that I can ever remember it happening. I was also given the soap in the mouth, only once though. If done correctly and only when absolutely necessary,and only up until the kid can truly understand reasoning and the taking away of priveliges, it's , in my opinion, alright.
"And somewhere in the northwoods darkness a creature walks upright. And the best advice you may ever get is: Don't go out at night..."