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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper: Americans and the role of government

Published Nov. 29 2015

Less than a year out from the 2016 presidential election, a new national survey by Pew Research Center provides a...

Cooper: Putting 'Christ' In Christmas

Published Nov. 27 2015

If you like tools and you want to keep Christ in Christmas, you're in luck. Lowe's is on the American...

Cooper: Thankful for city's renaissance in past 25 years

Published Nov. 26 2015

Chattanoogans who have lived in the city for fewer than 25 years may not know what they missed in such...

Cooper: Obama wobbly when the country needs strength

Published Nov. 24 2015

People want to believe their presidents. They do.

Cooper: Guns and suspected terrorists

Published Nov. 24 2015

It makes sense that terror suspects should be prevented from buying guns, right?

Eye on the Left: 'Lego' of our children

Published Nov. 23 2015

Not even your kindergarten children are safe.

Cooper: Immigration, it's not 1979 anymore

Published Nov. 22 2015

If the United States had an immigration policy it enforced, the Syrian immigration crisis might be easier to sort out.

Cooper: Desperate Times For UAW

Published Nov. 21 2015

Evidently, for the United Auto Workers, desperate times call for desperate measures.

Cooper: School smoking ban a good step

Published Nov. 21 2015

Violence is little tolerated in Hamilton County Schools. But smoking? That's OK for students as long as it's outside and...

Cooper: Art of a cigarette tax proposal

Published Nov. 20 2015

If a cigarette tax is important enough to consider, it's important enough to be discussed publicly.

Eye on the left - No Endorsement For Clinton From Sister Souljah

Published Nov. 16 2015

Hip-hop icon Sister Souljah, who was upbraided by candidate Bill Clinton in the 1992 presidential campaign when she suggested a...

Cooper: GOP presidential debate coverage hardly objective

Published Nov. 15 2015

In late September, a Gallup poll said trust in the mass media had tied an historical low.

Cooper: 'Killing Reagan' subject unknown to those who served with him

Published Nov. 14 2015

The biggest problem with "Killing Reagan," the fifth in a series of best-selling "Killing" books by top-rated Fox News host...

Cooper: VRI and the DA -- a happy marriage?

Published Nov. 13 2015

No one ever said it would be easy.

Cooper: GOP debate finally all business

Published Nov. 12 2015

Although 2016 Republican presidential candidates must continue to differentiate themselves from their rivals on the road and in various debates,...

Cooper: Veterans Day -- what Lincoln can see

Published Nov. 11 2015

The stone statue of the man who sits in the Lincoln Memorial and looks outward at the Washington Monument and...

Cooper: Obama's Keystone decision shortsighted

Published Nov. 10 2015

The political decision Friday by President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline is just as shortsighted as the...

Cooper: Missouri reaction not a good sign

Published Nov. 10 2015

The resignation of University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe Monday does not bode well for higher education.

Eye on the left/Hampton wouldn't be stereotyped

Published Nov. 9 2015

Democrats' nightmare

Cooper: Americans take faith, vote seriously

Published Nov. 8 2015

In the past seven years, under the highly secular Obama administration, people of faith have remained strong.

Cooper: Moving beyond high poverty schools

Published Nov. 7 2015

Status quo with the Hamilton County Schools may as well be going backward.

Cooper: Arts Building a key in thriving city

Published Nov. 6 2015

Five arts organizations under one downtown Innovation Zone roof will be the ultimate employment of a little used brick building...

Cooper: So how has Iran changed?

Published Nov. 6 2015

Thank goodness the nuclear deal the United States and other Western nations signed with Iran this summer has caused a...