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  1. KELLY FRANCE

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    September 1, 2010 by wcobserver

    KELLY  FRANCE Kelly France, 72, of Winslow, died Saturday, August 28, 2010 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center. He was born March 26, 1938 at Health, Arkansas, the son of Lemuel and Lenora Ruth Gabbard France.  He was preceded in death by a son, James Floyd Hotten France and two brothers, Lemuel Max France and Rexford France. He was a U. S. Army veteran. He is survived by:  Two sisters: Melva Kovach of Fort Walton  Beach, FL Tina Mahfouz of Winslow, AR Two Brothers: Samuel Willis France of Wichita Falls, TX M/Sgt USAF (Ret.) Ernest France of Vilonia, AR Graveside service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, September 4 at Sunset Cemetery, under the direction of Moore’s Chapel. To sign the online guest book, visit www.mooresfuneralchapel.com

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  2. Another Point of View

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    September 1, 2010 by wcobserver

    Steven Worden misread our sign.

    In April, local freethinker groups joined with the National Coalition of Reason and rented a billboard stating:

    “Are you good without God? Millions are.” –NWACoR.org

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  3. An Apology

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    September 1, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Steven Worden First off, I apologize for offending the Fayetteville Freethinkers.  I would like readers to know how I read the sign on I-540.  If one were to put up a large billboard asking “Good without Dogs?  Millions Are,” one might reasonably conclude that its sponsor was voicing an “a-canine-ist” sentiment (being “without dogs”).  When I saw the sign “Good without God?  Millions are,” I read it as voicing an atheist sentiment, given that the word “atheism” comes from the ancient Greek, “a” (without) “theos” (gods).  That’s how I read the sign. More importantly, based upon social scientific data I found the sign’s message somewhat misleading in two ways:  (1) compared to believers, people without God are generally not really all that “good” in the sense that they tend to be less happy, less healthy, live shorter lives, earn less money, are more apt to be involved in deviance, and more apt to be unmarried young white men, and ending up having children that are less well-educated and more involved in delinquency and crime, and (2) only a very small number of people actually are truly atheistic (without God). I further noted that based upon research conducted over the …

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