I like logging instead because:
-allows the filtering capability
-allows formatting abilities
-with a little tweak it takes the same amount of effort than puts
-it is an already invented and well tested system
It is much better in short. So whenever is a logger system available I use that.
logger.debug 'doing this and that'
It seem to me too much to type at first, therefore I created a sublime logger snippet which accelerated typing. I created another one for those cases where I need to implicitly reference the Rails.logger.