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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

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...

Cooper: Health care bill needs a doctor

Published Mar. 8 2017

The American Health Care Act is hardly what voters had in mind when -- furious at the Affordable Care Act...

The Chattanooga Free Press endorses these candidates in today's election

Published Mar. 7 2017

The Chattanooga Free Press editorial page endorses these candidates in today's nonpartisan Chattanooga mayoral and City Council election:

Cooper: Trump should tell what he knows

Published Mar. 7 2017

It is incumbent upon President Donald Trump to put up or shut up when it comes to claims that former...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Cheering for neutral

Published Mar. 6 2017

Nonpartisan Media Tenor said its analysis showed only 3 percent of reports on nightly news coverage by NBC and CBS...

Cooper: Getting rid of an entitlement to which no one is entitled

Published Mar. 5 2017

The Democratic architects of Obamacare knew full well that when they offered Americans an entitlement to which they were not...


Cooper: Local decisions best on bathrooms

Published Mar. 4 2017

We believe Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen took the right stance in a memo she sent to school directors this...

Cooper: Little to fear for law abiders

Published Mar. 4 2017

The Chattanooga Police Department has better things to do than round up illegal immigrants, but that shouldn't keep those who...