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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper: Commemoration is a 'thank you' to Vietnam War veterans

Published Mar. 29 2017

It was neither the 50th anniversary of the start nor the end of the Vietnam War, but the sight of...

Cooper: Firing of WUTC reporter chilling

Published Mar. 28 2017

Regardless of one's feeling about a failed Tennessee General Assembly bill that would force transgender students to use the restroom...

Cooper: Walker County may vote on its future

Published Mar. 28 2017

Walker County voters are just a couple of short steps away from getting to vote on their form of government.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: A lifetime of being a Clinton

Published Mar. 27 2017

Honoring Chelsea Clinton with a Lifetime Impact award would be akin to giving President Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize...

Cooper: Why not pilot school choice?

Published Mar. 26 2017

It's morally indefensible for public education advocates to force students to attend poorly performing schools year after year in hopes...

Cooper: A bipartisan(!) bill on Iran

Published Mar. 25 2017

While the Washington, D.C., media was focusing on the status of the tottering Republican health care proposal Thursday, a group...

Cooper: Sanity on climate change?

Published Mar. 25 2017

Perhaps, at least for four years, we'll have some sanity — or at least rationality — on climate change.

Cooper: Anthony Byrd's costly flight of fancy

Published Mar. 24 2017

We endorsed Anthony Byrd in his recent winning bid for the District 8 seat on the Chattanooga City Council, and...

Cooper: Haslam's 'really big deal'

Published Mar. 24 2017

Whether it took several significant changes by the state Senate earlier this month or the blessing of an anti-tax organization...

Cooper: A little more conversation

Published Mar. 22 2017

What part of communication do folks not get?

Cooper: Surprise! Hearing turns political

Published Mar. 21 2017

We can't say we were surprised.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Not what she had in mind

Published Mar. 20 2017

U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., thought she'd get the jump on people opposing the demise of the Affordable...

Cooper: Searching for the hidden pony

Published Mar. 19 2017

Amid the at-times heated discussion at last week's joint Hamilton County Commission and Hamilton County Board of Education meeting, we...

Cooper: Peace of mind has a price

Published Mar. 18 2017

It may give parents warm fuzzies to know their child is taking a bus to school steered by one of...

Cooper: Close Birth Certificate Loophole

Published Mar. 18 2017

We've made no bones about our support for the 2011 law that requires Tennessee citizens to have a photo identification...

Cooper: The budget game of chicken

Published Mar. 17 2017

The mandatory budget President Donald Trump released Thursday reflected many of the promises he made on the campaign trail in...

Cooper: State lawsuit says refugee support an unfunded federal mandate

Published Mar. 15 2017

Tennessee took a unique step Monday in filing suit against the federal government over refugee resettlement.

Cooper: Move the elections? Be sure it's what you want

Published Mar. 14 2017

We all should be able to agree on one aspect of the possibility of aligning local election days.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Political best-seller drawing praise

Published Mar. 13 2017

Late last week, the No. 1 best-seller on Amazon was a 266-page book titled "Reasons to Vote for Democrats: A...

Cooper: Action needed in education meeting

Published Mar. 12 2017

We want to believe, and we believe the public would appreciate, the positive prospects of a joint meeting between the...

Cooper: Little curiosity in school budget

Published Mar. 11 2017

Seven months ago, candidates who won seats on the Hamilton County Board of Education in August were clear the school...

Cooper: Mobile phone bill not dialed in

Published Mar. 11 2017

When a driver on a cellphone cuts in front of you or delays traffic while jabbering away, you wonder if...

Cooper: City anti-incumbency wave continues

Published Mar. 9 2017

The anti-incumbency mood of Chattanooga voters showed itself for a second straight municipal election Tuesday, but it wasn't strong enough...