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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper: Trump's populist inaugural paean

Published Jan. 21 2017

With a strident populist tone, President Donald J. Trump vowed in his inaugural address to carry out the message he...

Cooper: Haslam's gas tax in gun sight

Published Jan. 20 2017

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam deserves credit for going first. However, the last time he made such a controversial proposal, it...

Cooper: Mill property amy be potential bonanza, but...

Published Jan. 18 2017

The $1.5 million cleanup costs of the 12-acre site of a former yarn mill in Lupton City could be a...


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Cooper: Putting the eyes on crime

Published Jan. 18 2017

The more eyes law enforcement officials can put on the bad guys the better.

Cooper: Serving others -- for each other

Published Jan. 17 2017

We have long admired the designation of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday as a national day...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Her $37 million honor

Published Jan. 16 2017

A new entrance to the State Department in Washington, D.C., has been named for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton...

Cooper: In the end, Obama was a politician

Published Jan. 15 2017

Later this week, President Barack Obama leaves the stage as he began it — personally popular and with an adoring...

Cooper: Finding the right superintendent

Published Jan. 14 2017

Gone are the days when a county school district — Hamilton County, for instance — could advertise in various publications...

Cooper: Can't we let God be God?

Published Jan. 14 2017

Just when God thought he might get a break in the state of Tennessee, legislators are back to determine how...

Cooper: Trump and his attackers

Published Jan. 13 2017

Is there any hope for calm after the storm?

Cooper: Tennessee, Georgia and racial progress

Published Jan. 11 2017

In the state where the Ku Klux Klan was born and where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr....

Cooper: Fleischmann eyes a 'friendly ear'

Published Jan. 10 2017

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Chattanooga, wasn't an early supporter of presidential candidate Donald Trump, but he's excited for the opportunities...


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Cooper: Girls Inc. success worth duplicating

Published Jan. 10 2017

One hundred percent of high school seniors participating in programming at Girls Inc. of Chattanooga over the past eight school...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Incident of 'Bad Home Training'

Published Jan. 9 2017

In the same week national media was giving wide exposure to the penalty phase of a racist, white South Carolina...

Cooper: Gun crimes major election issue?

Published Jan. 8 2017

One in 5,417 residents in Chattanooga was the victim of a homicide in 2016. Thus, the chances of any one...

Cooper: The era of 'Truthiness'

Published Jan. 7 2017

The next four years may go down as America's era of 'truthiness,' the term coined in 2005 by comedian Stephen...

Cooper: Hamilton County spending stymies commissioners

Published Jan. 6 2017

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger thought he'd created a one-time, viable alternative for the discretionary funds that nine individual county...

Cooper: More study needed for voting sites

Published Jan. 6 2017

The Hamilton County Election Commission did the right thing by turning down a request from the Chattanooga City Council to...

Cooper: Civics test a boost for students

Published Jan. 4 2017

Many students graduate from high school today without a figurative passing knowledge of civics. As of Jan. 1, Tennessee high...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Democratic Party's 2020 'old folks' home'

Published Jan. 2 2017

President-elect Donald Trump won't take office for more than two weeks, but retiring Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has...

Cooper: 2017 -- Looking for the positives

Published Jan. 1 2017

In the year before us, 2017, we can only play the hand that is dealt us.


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Cooper: Time for board to push on buses

Published Dec. 30 2016

Durham School Services, the current buses operator, winds up its four-year contract with the district at the end of this...

Cooper: With friends like this

Published Dec. 30 2016

Less than three weeks before its departure, the Obama administration had one final slap for Israel.