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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper: New wrinkle: Socioeconomic desegregation

Published Mar. 24 2018

In the early 1970s, the cure for segregated schools, especially in the South, was busing — taking students out of...

Cooper: Refugees 1, Tennessee 0

Published Mar. 23 2018

In 2016, the Barack Obama administration dropped nearly 2,400 refugees into Tennessee and stuck the state with the bill.

Cooper: Another deserving honor for Rev. Paul McDaniel

Published Mar. 23 2018

The Rev. Paul McDaniel came to Chattanooga more than five decades ago to change souls, and he not only did...

Cooper: Facebook the victim? Hardly!

Published Mar. 21 2018

Innovation or deceit? It depends on who's behind it.

Cooper: Embracing all of history

Published Mar. 20 2018

At some point a few years down the road, a memorial at the south end of the Walnut Street Bridge...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: United in love to hate

Published Mar. 19 2018

A new dating website recently was launched for those who love to hate.

Cooper: Legislators, vote for tuition break this time

Published Mar. 18 2018

It's time Tennessee legislators did the right thing about tuition at public colleges and universities for the children of illegal...

Cooper: Elected office or business? GOP voters must consider

Published Mar. 17 2018

Once you serve a term in elected office, you have a record.

Cooper: The future is here for students

Published Mar. 16 2018

The future of education has arrived in Hamilton County.

Cooper: Calming the North Shore community

Published Mar. 14 2018

The North Shore community is so convenient to downtown Chattanooga, no wonder everybody wants to live there.

Cooper: Can Pompeo speak Trump?

Published Mar. 14 2018

If Donald Trump serves two terms as president, he's likely to blow away Harry Truman and George W. Bush for...

Cooper: The economy's 'surprising' news

Published Mar. 13 2018

Sooner or later, pundits and so-called experts will have to stop using terms like "surprising" or "unexpected" when it comes...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Farrakhan's coziness with Democrats

Published Mar. 12 2018

Democrats have been catching a little heat lately over their continued coziness with racist and anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, the Nation...

Cooper: Nixon, Reagan - and Trump?

Published Mar. 11 2018

Could a Donald Trump presidency accomplish with North Korea today what a Ronald Reagan presidency did with the Soviet Union...

Cooper: School board finds safety touchy

Published Mar. 10 2018

With the Feb. 14 Florida school shooting still on the minds of many people, a conversation around school safety can...

Cooper: Still chasing the 'pushers'

Published Mar. 10 2018

"Drugs, what a devil-inspired poison," street preacher David Wilkerson wrote in the 1962 book "The Cross and the Switchblade." "It's...

Cooper: Paying for national park fixes

Published Mar. 9 2018

A bill introduced in Congress on Wednesday by U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., has the potential to eliminate the backlog...

Cooper: Sheriff Eric Watson seems to invite trouble

Published Mar. 9 2018

Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson continues to be a lightning rod, whether he intends it or not.

Cooper: Don't reduce handgun fine

Published Mar. 7 2018

Unless and until Tennessee legislators provide more than anecdotal evidence that the current $500 fine and possible jail time for...

Cooper: The Oscars and their viewers

Published Mar. 7 2018

The national media didn't get the message when Donald Trump was elected president, didn't get it when National Football League...

Cooper: What did Churchill know?

Published Mar. 6 2018

What did Winston Churchill know that all of the smart people didn't?


Cooper's Eye on the Left: Out with the 'crumbs' line

Published Mar. 5 2018

Even Democrats are telling House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to drop her line about the effects of the tax...

Cooper: Schools and responsibility

Published Mar. 4 2018

No one wants responsibility any more.