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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper: Eye on the left/Democrats' New Low

Published Aug. 29 2016

It's not even Labor Day, and the presidential campaign of Democrat Hillary Clinton may have reached a new low.

Cooper: Facebook's political labeling

Published Aug. 28 2016

Facebook knows more about your political views than some of your so-called Facebook friends.

Cooper: National Parks At 100

Published Aug. 27 2016

No one would deny, especially on the week of its 100th anniversary, that the National Parks System is undeniably a...


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Cooper: Banners And Banner Education

Published Aug. 26 2016

If the Hamilton County Schools district continues to make the same progress on its average ACT score as it did...

Cooper: Our United Way Umbrella

Published Aug. 26 2016

For nearly 100 years, the United Way of Greater Chattanooga has stimulated our community by linking people with the resources...

Cooper: Ready for two-lane traffic on M.L. King?

Published Aug. 24 2016

The city of Chattanooga would like to put Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on a 'road diet.'

Cooper: Cracks in the Olympic spirit

Published Aug. 23 2016

The Olympic Games offers two weeks of athletes of all countries, races, cultures, genders and orientations coming together for a...

Cooper: Body cameras: Friend and foe?

Published Aug. 21 2016

For anyone who believes body cameras will be a panacea for the Chattanooga Police Department (CPD) or any other law...

Cooper: 'A culture of hazing'

Published Aug. 20 2016

A private attorney's investigation into the basketball program at Ooltewah High School did not uncover much more than already had...

Cooper: Ransom-R-Us

Published Aug. 20 2016

While President Barack Obama teed off for another round of golf on Martha's Vineyard Thursday, officials from his administration were...

Cooper: Alcohol Dies A Curious Death

Published Aug. 19 2016

We're delighted that the Hamilton County Commission put the brakes on limited alcohol sales at several Hamilton County parks, but...

Cooper: Eliminate Victims' Services Fee

Published Aug. 19 2016

Though we're convinced that calls for restorative justice often mean "though we committed the crime, we don't want to do...

Cooper: Clintons' taxes very familial

Published Aug. 17 2016

If one presidential candidate releases tax returns and one doesn't, the one releasing the returns will always look magnanimous compared...

Cooper: Affording the Affordable Care Act

Published Aug. 17 2016

One way or the other, the next president will have to deal with the burgeoning cost of insurance on the...

Cooper: Highly effective teachers should be ultimate goal

Published Aug. 16 2016

No one concerned with education should believe statistics showing that nearly 30 percent of Hamilton County Schools' teachers are considered...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Political correctness run amuck

Published Aug. 15 2016

Today, a painting of an early 19th-century fur trading fort and another of settlers and American Indians paddling canoes have...

Cooper: Warning us against Trump

Published Aug. 14 2016

Members of supposedly unbiased media organizations have begun to shuck their cloaks of nonpartisanship in front of God and everybody...

Cooper: Leave alcohol out of parks

Published Aug. 13 2016

With all due respect to the desire to increase county revenue, we hope Hamilton County commissioners next week will reject...

Cooper: Another Riverwalk jewel

Published Aug. 13 2016

Don't let the industrial area the new, 3.5-mile extension of the Chattanooga Riverwalk wanders through fool you.

Cooper: Proposed new name 'midTown' doesn't quite fit Brainerd

Published Aug. 12 2016

We're scratching our heads a bit on the drive to change the name of the Brainerd Road corridor community that...

Cooper: Rural broadband access ahead

Published Aug. 12 2016

Hang on, those of you in the broadband wilderness, help may be on the way.

Cooper: Medal of Honor center meeting wasn't railroaded

Published Aug. 10 2016

A number of concerned citizens left the Chattanooga Theatre Centre last week feeling as if they had been railroaded in...

Cooper: Let the turnaround of Hamilton County schools begin now

Published Aug. 9 2016

On Thursday, the Hamilton County Schools system begins its 2016-17 school year. By the time it ends next May, we...