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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper: Ann Coulter and free expression

Published Apr. 26 2017

Ann Coulter is a bona fide conservative but not necessarily our cup of tea. We might walk across the street...

Cooper: Schools partnership zone is promising

Published Apr. 25 2017

A nonprofit partnership zone for five of the county's most underperforming schools is a golden opportunity for those schools to...

Cooper: List of Hamilton County Schools superintendent candidates is an interesting mix

Published Apr. 25 2017

Public comments and a little reading between the lines provided the impression that Coleman Lew and Associates Inc. was not...


Cooper's Eye on the Left: Maybe it was Obama

Published Apr. 24 2017

Team Clinton has blamed everything and everyone but the candidate for Hillary Clinton's loss in the 2016 presidential election, but...

Cooper: Democrats' unity rings hollow

Published Apr. 23 2017

Democrats are hoping Americans will swallow what they're offering — hook, line and sinker.

Cooper: Balanced budget was good move

Published Apr. 22 2017

The Hamilton County Board of Education has tried the all-in-one way of presenting its budget to the Hamilton County Commission....

Cooper: Ruth Holmberg's active, passionate life

Published Apr. 21 2017

It would have been easy for the then-Ruth Golden to stay behind the scenes, raise her four children and take...

Cooper: 'Biggest tax decrease' in history

Published Apr. 21 2017

It would be easy to say you just don't want to tax people, as one Tennessee legislator did Wednesday, and...

Cooper: Can displaying flag be 'political'?

Published Apr. 19 2017

An NBC sports writer named Craig Calcaterra may not have intended to do so, but he awakened a patch of...

Cooper: Catoosa GOP right -- to a point

Published Apr. 18 2017

If we could start all over again — have a "do-over" as it might be termed on the playground —...

Cooper: Convincing remains for school funders

Published Apr. 18 2017

Two years ago, then-Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith barnstormed through the county, suggesting a 40-cent property tax increase to...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Your tax dollars at work

Published Apr. 17 2017

One aspect of the bloat at the Environmental Protection Agency was exposed recently by the Americans for Tax Reform, which...


Cooper: City Council must 'play as a team'

Published Apr. 16 2017

The next Chattanooga City Council will be younger, more racially diverse and more gender diverse.

Cooper: Legislators fail students again

Published Apr. 14 2017

Forget, for a moment, the parents and whatever label you want to assign them — illegal aliens, illegal immigrants, illegals,...

Cooper: Volkswagen scratching USA's SUV itch

Published Apr. 14 2017

With year over year sales of sports utility vehicles in the United States up 5.5 percent, Volkswagen has decided to...

Cooper: Cold case unit paying off

Published Apr. 12 2017

Shortly after Neal Pinkston became Hamilton County District Attorney General in 2014, he told the Times Free Press editorial board...

Cooper: King Street lot needs fair price

Published Apr. 12 2017

It appears a potential $60,000 loss by the city of Chattanooga on a parking lot in the burgeoning Southside won't...

Cooper: Mayor Berke familiar with searching for new police chief [video]

Published Apr. 11 2017

When Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke takes the oath of office for a second term later this month, he'll find himself...

Cooper: A local federal bureaucracy irony

Published Apr. 11 2017

It's not really funny, but we have to chuckle a little when one federal bureaucracy meets another.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Clinton still assigning blame

Published Apr. 10 2017

Former President Bill Clinton said FBI Director James Comey's was at fault for his wife's presidential election loss, then later...

Chattanooga Free Press endorsements for city council runoff elections

Published Apr. 9 2017

Chattanooga voters in Districts 7 and 9 will return to the polls Tuesday for a runoff election that will decide...

OPINION: What will be Trump doctrine

Published Apr. 8 2017

Less than a year ago, writing in Politico, Derek Chollet, President Barack Obama's former assistant secretary of defense for international...

Cooper: History's civil rights network

Published Apr. 7 2017

Chattanoogans interested in history and heritage are fortunate to be relatively close to the sites of significant events in the...