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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper: West sees Trump as 'stopgap'

Published Oct. 17 2017

Conservatives may have the wind at their backs, author, pundit and former U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., said in a...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: The stain of Hillary Clinton's charity

Published Oct. 16 2017

You've got to admire Hillary Clinton for steadfastly being, well, Clintonian.

Cooper: Blackburn saga tip of iceberg

Published Oct. 15 2017

Our crystal ball doesn't allow us to see whether U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., will be the Republican nominee for...


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Cooper: Grundy incident all too familiar

Published Oct. 14 2017

Less than two years after the pool cue rape of an Ooltewah High School basketball player by his teammates, a...

Cooper: Trump's legally correct move

Published Oct. 14 2017

While President Donald Trump made a proper constitutional calculation Thursday by ending the Affordable Care Act's so-called "cost sharing reductions,"...

Cooper: ACT scores show state's challenge

Published Oct. 13 2017

More than 62,000 students graduated from Tennessee public high schools in 129 school districts in 2017. However, only four of...

Cooper: Trump is winning ... but it's the NFL

Published Oct. 11 2017

More than 11 months after Donald Trump was elected the country's 45th president, segments of the glitterati still do not...

Cooper: Corker-Trump feud as incentive?

Published Oct. 10 2017

By all rights, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., has been honest, measured and deliberate in his comments about the Trump...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: A Hollywood answer to guns

Published Oct. 9 2017

We figured Hollywood would have the perfect answer to the gun control debate roaring after the worst mass shooting in...

Cooper: Park may not be place for bust

Published Oct. 8 2017

The 6-2 vote last week by the Hamilton County Commission not to move the Hamilton County Courthouse lawn bust of...

Cooper: Berke sounds like a candidate

Published Oct. 7 2017

If Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke decides to run for the United States Senate in 2018 — and a negative tweet...

Cooper: Goodbye, Columbus

Published Oct. 6 2017

Poor Christopher Columbus. Even 511 years after his death, the Italian explorer who was only looking for a quicker route...

Cooper: Democrats are slow learners about women

Published Oct. 4 2017

Democrats, perhaps reluctantly, are learning that women are people, too.

Cooper: Hurricane of obfuscation

Published Oct. 3 2017

"A lie," Mark Twain once said, "can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its...

Cooper: What gun measures can, can't do

Published Oct. 3 2017

Las Vegas bookmakers, were they not likely shocked at the act themselves, wouldn't have given odds on how quickly Democrats...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: The racism of Dr. Seuss

Published Oct. 2 2017

When former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama read Dr. Seuss books to school children during their...

Cooper: Zoning in on education

Published Oct. 1 2017

It may be a little difficult to decipher the zone names within the Hamilton County School system, but a post-secondary...

Cooper: When governors run for senate

Published Sep. 30 2017

The last time a term-limited, sitting Tennessee governor chose to run for an open United States Senate seat, it didn't...

Cooper: Keeping the peacemaker

Published Sep. 29 2017

Thanks to the 2016 Tennessee Heritage Protection Act, an impulsive, emotional overreaction to the Hamilton County Courthouse lawn bust of...

Cooper: Give tax reform a chance

Published Sep. 29 2017

If things were as they should be, Wednesday's tax reform proposal by President Donald Trump would be subject to a...

Cooper: Corker's pragmatic leadership

Published Sep. 27 2017

United States Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., left the door open two weeks ago as to whether he would run for...

Cooper: When presidents speak ...

Published Sep. 26 2017

When presidents speak, their words are rarely heard in a vacuum.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: We're relevant ... really

Published Sep. 25 2017

To listen to the Left, you'd think they wish the 2018 election were today and the 2020 presidential election right...