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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper's eye on the left: Have you no decency?

Published May. 2 2016

An Alzheimer's comedy?

Cooper: Religious violence and the road less traveled

Published May. 1 2016

Hate comes easily. The other options are more complicated, more messy and more time-consuming.

Cooper: A lost year for testing

Published Apr. 30 2016

Everyone appears to be getting a mulligan this year on Tennessee's failed standardized student assessment test platform.


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Cooper: Jill Levine hiring fuels intrigue

Published Apr. 29 2016

The agreement apparently was sealed for Jill Levine to become a major player in interim schools Superintendent Kirk Kelly's regime,...

Cooper: Law's discrimination threat low

Published Apr. 29 2016

While the controversial bill that was signed by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam Wednesday to allow counselors with "sincerely held principles"...

Cooper: Berke eyes safer city, better starts in life

Published Apr. 27 2016

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke pledged in his State of the City address Monday to spend $1 million over the next...

Cooper: Haslam is walking the talk on education

Published Apr. 26 2016

When Bill Haslam became governor of Tennessee in 2011, he said he wanted to improve education in the state.

Cooper's eye on the left: We're just here to protest

Published Apr. 25 2016

Across the country, protesters brandishing "Fight for 15" signs are marching in front of McDonald's restaurants and other establishments where...

Cooper: Step up pace for ISIS defeat

Published Apr. 24 2016

At the current rate, the Islamic State, or ISIS, may be defeated around 2077.

Cooper: School board votes to march in place

Published Apr. 23 2016

Hamilton County school board members decided Thursday that, in spite of what you may have heard or believed, things are...

Cooper: Outside needed to review schools

Published Apr. 21 2016

At perhaps the most crucial juncture for the Hamilton County Schools since the merged system was formed in 1997, the...

Cooper: McCormick may have spoken for many

Published Apr. 20 2016

Tennessee House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick may have unintentionally been speaking for legislatures around the country when he used a...


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Cooper: Pulling out the stops against violence

Published Apr. 19 2016

At this point, it would be difficult to say that Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's Violence Reduction Initiative (VRI) targeting gangs...

Cooper: Plants keep the dynamo in Dixie

Published Apr. 19 2016

Ten years ago, Southeast Tennessee had neither a Volkswagen nor Wacker manufacturing plant.

Cooper's eye on the left: Hillary's war On women

Published Apr. 18 2016

Her H is for hypocrisy

Cooper: Sculpting beauty at Montague Park

Published Apr. 17 2016

Montague Park has come full circle.

Cooper: Schools chief should be dispassionate

Published Apr. 16 2016

The Hamilton County Board of Education voted Thursday to invite three candidates to interview next week for the job of...

Cooper: Let Bible book veto stand

Published Apr. 16 2016

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam had three choices about the bill on his desk that would make the Bible the state's...

Cooper: Buddy, can you spare a disparity study?

Published Apr. 15 2016

Chattanooga City Councilman Yusuf Hakeem said the council needs a disparity study that might be used in establishing city government...

Cooper: No good choices in bathroom bill

Published Apr. 13 2016

Feel for the tiny, legitimate minority of people -- less than 0.3 percent of the United States population -- who...

Cooper: Obamanet on the way

Published Apr. 12 2016

One could easily argue about whether there is a need to subsidize high-speed Internet service for poorer Americans, but let...


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Cooper: Certificate of need reform needed

Published Apr. 12 2016

Where possible and feasible, the free market should dictate how hospitals expand, remodel, add new beds or purchase new equipment.

Cooper's eye on the left: Campuses becoming more timid

Published Apr. 11 2016

Chalk on pavement supporting Donald Trump recently has been deemed threatening at Emory University in Atlanta and the University of...