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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper: Failing to walk the talk

Published Nov. 22 2017

Let's be frank. It's been a bad fall for Hollywood glitterati, politicians and pundits who can't walk their talk, whose...

Cooper: Woodmore bus crash offered lessons, realities

Published Nov. 21 2017

A year ago today, a group of Woodmore Elementary School students left their homes for school during a week when...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Are liberals reconsidering Bill Clinton?

Published Nov. 20 2017

For years, the alleged rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment victims of former President Bill Clinton have been trashed and...


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Cooper: Telling the Chattanooga stories

Published Nov. 19 2017

If you could mine the brains of Chattanooga area residents about significant people, events and changes in the Scenic City...

Cooper: Why take food from the poor?

Published Nov. 18 2017

The largest food distribution ministry in Hamilton County may be in danger of losing its United States Department of Agriculture...

Cooper: Keep private prisons in order

Published Nov. 17 2017

If a vendor doesn't provide good service when it supplies your business, you naturally will look elsewhere.

Cooper: Kicking firing range down the road

Published Nov. 15 2017

Several times a day, cars pass up and down Dogwood Lane on the way in or out of the one-lane,...

Cooper: Rep. JoAnne Favors remained a happy warrior

Published Nov. 15 2017

As the lone Democrat in the Hamilton County state legislative delegation, Rep. JoAnne Favors almost always was rowing against a...

Cooper: Roy Moore is in the guilt gray area

Published Nov. 14 2017

Is Alabama Republican senatorial candidate Roy Moore as guilty as the Duke University lacrosse team members, as guilty as former...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Oh, wait, he's a Democrat

Published Nov. 13 2017

Last week, as the jury began considering the guilt or innocence of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., in a federal...

Cooper: Judging the psyche of presidents

Published Nov. 12 2017

The account describes the president as "morose, self pitying, angry ... tormented." Another impression of him says he tended to...

Cooper: Veterans - U.S. at its heart

Published Nov. 11 2017

If one listened too long or too closely to the country's constantly aggrieved set, one might begin to believe the...


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Cooper: Endorsing a lack of transparency

Published Nov. 10 2017

When the Hamilton County Commission and the Hamilton County Board of Education are singing the same tune, it seems almost...

Cooper: What Trump knows about America

Published Nov. 8 2017

A year ago today, Donald Trump was elected the nation's 45th president. A measure of the reaction to Sunday's church...

Cooper: Pretrial alternatives must be fair

Published Nov. 7 2017

If Tennessee's justice system overcrowding can be alleviated with reforms, we believe they ought to be examined. But at no...

Cooper: Aligning stormwater runoff regulations with state

Published Nov. 7 2017

The city of Chattanooga wants to align its stormwater runoff regulations with those of the state. We believe it should.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: War on history rages

Published Nov. 6 2017

We warned it would likely come to this, and now it has.

Cooper: 'Dunkirk,' Medal of Honor Center have fitting ties

Published Nov. 5 2017

Despite often introspective Americans' thoughts to the contrary, World War II did not begin when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor...

Cooper: Commissioners, is public discussion bad?

Published Nov. 3 2017

If a majority of Hamilton County commissioners don't believe it's good business to take two votes on measures as important...

Cooper: Tax bill deserves truth, not spin

Published Nov. 3 2017

We don't know how the Republicans' newly minted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will fare in Congress, but we know...

Cooper: Increasing policy by judges alarming

Published Nov. 1 2017

America, we have a problem, an insidious one.

Cooper: Mueller's smoke, lack of fire

Published Oct. 31 2017

On Monday, Democrats and left-leaning members of the national media were falling all over themselves, breathlessly suggesting that indictments of...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Not NSYNC with Timberlake

Published Oct. 30 2017

Justin Timberlake's halftime brouhah.