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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper: Improve Best Practices Of Pre-K Across The State To Get Results

Published Oct. 4 2015

A five-year, $6 million study of the effects of Tennessee's Voluntary Pre-K Program reveals that quality, practices and curriculum in...

Cooper: Gun Rhetoric Won't Stop Mass Murder

Published Oct. 3 2015

Once again, President Obama has used a horrific mass shooting to make an argument for gun control.

Cooper: Firing Range Move Good News

Published Oct. 3 2015

Something changed.

Cooper: Haslam Doing The Gas Tax Two-Step

Published Oct. 2 2015

Gov. Bill Haslam may have learned something about the prospect of raising the state gas tax from his Insure Tennessee...

Cooper: VW should take a page from Tylenol

Published Sep. 30 2015

Volkswagen would do well to remember the 1982 Tylenol tragedy and how drugmaker Johnson & Johnson came out the other...

Cooper: Bike lanes worrisome

Published Sep. 30 2015

The new bike lanes under construction on Broad Street -- and soon to be elsewhere -- appear to be an...

Cooper: Ironman receives city's ironclad welcome, support

Published Sep. 29 2015

For every Ironman Chattanooga 2015 competitor Sunday, six people came to the Scenic City.

Cooper: Marine Corps report revelations strengthen need for carry policy

Published Sep. 29 2015

By Defense Department policy, no one was armed at the Marine Corps recruiting center on Lee Highway when Mohammad Youssef...

Cooper: Eye on the left, Rubio Nazi 'Connection'

Published Sep. 28 2015

Marco Rubio, the Florida senator and Republican presidential candidate whom Democrats have tried to smear with revelations that he had...

Cooper: Berke's Program Has Opened World For All Students

Published Sep. 27 2015

If the Chattanooga mayoral term of Andy Berke accomplishes nothing else, his annual allocation of funds that allows every Hamilton...

Cooper: With Xi And Putin, ObamaIs Out Of Pope Moments

Published Sep. 26 2015

As president and first golfer, Barack Obama is undoubtedly used to a lot of gimmes on the green.

Cooper: Boehner's Gone; Now What?

Published Sep. 26 2015

Conservative Republicans may have been glad when U.S. House Speaker John Boehner announced Friday he would step down on Oct....

Cooper: Is Tim Boyd a watchdog or targeter?

Published Sep. 25 2015

Commissioner Tim Boyd seems not to mind playing the role of irritant on the Hamilton County Commission, and that may...

Cooper: School-to-prison pipeline no workshop fix

Published Sep. 25 2015

The key phrase at this week's International Institute of Restorative Practices workshop in Chattanooga was this: "We've got to do...

Cooper: Health insurance deductibles are now employees' bogeyman

Published Sep. 23 2015

Since the 2010 advent of the Affordable Care Act, often known as Obamacare, premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance have risen...

Cooper: Erlanger solidly in the black

Published Sep. 23 2015

Less than a year and a half ago, Erlanger Health System CEO Kevin Spiegel talked in an editorial board meeting...

Cooper: VW brand on the line

Published Sep. 22 2015

The revelation that Volkswagen intentionally used software on some of its diesel models to deceive regulators in measuring toxic emissions...

Cooper: Pope Francis missed an opportunity in Cuba

Published Sep. 22 2015

Pope Francis used his visit to Cuba for political purposes over the weekend in assigning hope to "the process of...

Cooper: President Obama's Nobel Peace prize regretted by organization official

Published Sep. 21 2015

If he had it to do over again, the former director of Norway's Nobel Institute says in a new book,...

Cooper: What Is Now Chattanooga State

Published Sep. 20 2015

Fifty years ago today, what was then called Chattanooga State Technical Institute -- now Chattanooga State Community College -- opened...

Cooper: GOP Field Narrowing

Published Sep. 18 2015

Though the first presidential primary is more than five and a half months away, Wednesday night's Republican debate seemed to...

Cooper: Enrollment drop at some four-year colleges proves Newton's third law of motion

Published Sep. 16 2015

Enrollment at some University of Tennessee and Tennessee Board of Regents schools is a little like Newton's third law of...

Cooper: Charge should not be levied to view public records

Published Sep. 16 2015

Sponsors of changes in a bill that stalled in the Tennessee legislature last winter would like you to pay to...