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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper: A thoughtful Democrat?

Published May. 29 2017

A Democratic senator up for re-election in a red state in 2018 sounded like reasonable senators used to in talking...

Cooper: Memorial Day and WWI

Published May. 28 2017

One hundred years ago last month, the United States entered what we know today as World War I.

Cooper: School board's whirlwind finale

Published May. 27 2017

After nearly 15 months of being without a permanent superintendent of schools, the Hamilton County Board of Education on Thursday...

Cooper: Selecting the next police chief

Published May. 26 2017

The city of Chattanooga says it wants your input about its next police chief.

Cooper: Trump should go to the people with budget

Published May. 24 2017

If the Trump administration is to be believed, the president's budgeteers created the country's fiscal 2018 blueprint by considering whether...

Cooper: Commissioner Fields doing what he promised

Published May. 23 2017

Hamilton County Commissioner Jim Fields will not be running for a third term in 2018, a pledge he says he...

Cooper: School district's continued communication problem

Published May. 23 2017

A paper trail of public records indicates the Hamilton County Board of Education and Hamilton County Department of Education have...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Never mind if it's true

Published May. 22 2017

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services fraud investigators recently visited a New York City public school to see if parents...

Cooper: Graduating into a big world

Published May. 21 2017

We attended a graduation ceremony for University of Tennessee at Chattanooga students recently. It was filled with the kind of...

Cooper: Time is up for school dithering

Published May. 20 2017

We are frustrated some members of the Hamilton County Board of Education, at least one state legislator and members of...

Cooper: Getting to the bottom of it

Published May. 19 2017

If the Justice Department, congressional Republicans, the White House or the president's supporters think the appointment of a special counsel...

Cooper: Cheering for better PILOTs

Published May. 19 2017

When we think of tax break agreements that pick winners and losers in local business, we get — in the...


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Cooper: Trust in the days of Trump

Published May. 17 2017

We wish President Donald Trump could listen to the phone calls, hear the voicemails or scan the emails. He has...

Cooper: A more political Graham

Published May. 16 2017

Did you hear? Evangelist Franklin Graham spoke at Coolidge Park Monday night as part of his Decision America Tour.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Democrats and Comey

Published May. 15 2017

We just can't help but turn to U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., for the last, best Democratic word on President...

Cooper: Honoring four women who were both mothers and politicians

Published May. 14 2017

Women have only been elected members of the United States Congress for 101 years, of the U.S. Senate for 85...

Cooper: Voter fraud? Let's find out

Published May. 13 2017

It's time to take a look.

Cooper: Fleischmann and spending

Published May. 12 2017

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Chattanooga, campaigned in his initial race for Congress in 2010 for major cuts in federal spending...

Cooper: Is Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger tipping his hand?

Published May. 10 2017

One could read between the lines at Tuesday's budget workshop with Hamilton County Schools and believe Hamilton County Mayor Jim...

Cooper: Be wary of health care rhetoric

Published May. 9 2017

To hear Democratic politicians and their national media handmaidens bellow, you'd think a new health care law was passed by...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Trump's Hollywood influence

Published May. 8 2017

Celebrity model Chrissy Teigen says she is not joking. President Donald Trump has caused her "crippling anxiety," and she wants...

Cooper: School board isn't transparent

Published May. 7 2017

Even if — if — a technicality saved the Hamilton County Board of Education from violating the law in the...

Cooper: Tennessee Legislature temporarily loses grip

Published May. 6 2017

"You can't always get what you want," the Rolling Stones famously sang.