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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper: Satisfied with the economy?

Published Aug. 7 2016

The Great Recession ended five months after President Barack Obama took office, but many Americans still have experienced little or...

Cooper: Mayor Andy Berke's election 'results' mixed

Published Aug. 6 2016

Observations from the last 2016 election before November's presidential contest between the two least liked candidates in modern history sucks...

Cooper: Hamilton County voters want board accountability

Published Aug. 5 2016

Hamilton County residents spoke with their votes about the state of their school system Thursday, ousting three incumbents and ushering...


Free Press endorsements for Hamilton County general, Tennessee primary elections

Published Aug. 4 2016

This is the primary election for Republican and Democratic candidates in state races and the Hamilton County general election for...

Cooper: Firing range action underway

Published Aug. 3 2016

The fact contractors toured the Moccasin Bend law enforcement firing range Tuesday and will submit bids by next Thursday on...

Cooper: When music can unify

Published Aug. 3 2016

We are under no illusion that music can cure all racial ills, but neither are we blind to its healing,...

Cooper: Give heritage center at Coolidge Park the go-ahead

Published Aug. 2 2016

What better use of one-tenth of an acre of Coolidge Park can there be than a heritage center that honors...

Cooper's eye on the left: One Obama vote for Trump

Published Aug. 1 2016

President Barack Obama may have made an impassioned speech at the Democratic National Convention for Hillary Clinton to be elected...

Cooper: We've heard this all before

Published Jul. 30 2016

Hillary Clinton made American history at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night, then offered America a warmed-over version of what...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Dean's Clinton Kool-Aid

Published Jul. 25 2016

When you have to drink the Kool-Aid to remain relevant, you drink the whole glass. That's what former Democratic presidential...

Cooper: Obama's lack of race-blind leadership worsens race relations

Published Jul. 24 2016

For the first time in Obama's presidency, a majority of Americans believe race relations have gotten worse under his tenure.

Cooper: Trump asks to be our 'Voice'

Published Jul. 23 2016

Donald Trump told potential presidential voters what they longed to hear in four short words Thursday night.

Cooper: Rural broadband needed now

Published Jul. 22 2016

A new study confirms what a bipartisan group of Tennesseans has been saying: that access to broadband Internet is vital...

Cooper: Counting the pork and bacon

Published Jul. 22 2016

As ever in politics, one person's pork is another person's crispy, delectable bacon.

Cooper: Iran deal fallout continues

Published Jul. 20 2016

The Obama administration naturally is playing down the contents of a secret document that is part of last year's nuclear...

Cooper: Serial sexual harassment must end

Published Jul. 20 2016

The breadth and depth of alleged sexually harassing behavior by state Rep. Jeremy Durham should never be tolerated again in...

Cooper: Pence a sound, smart pick

Published Jul. 19 2016

The most salient point about Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is that he has both gubernatorial and congressional experience.

Cooper: Violence In South Sudan

Published Jul. 19 2016

A report of violence in South Sudan, a 5-year-old country in Southeast Africa, means little to most Americans unless they...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Sen. Claire McCaskill says Founding Fathers were 'a little maniacal'

Published Jul. 18 2016

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill fits perfectly in the current presidential administration's and Democratic Party's disdain for the Founding Fathers.

Cooper: Nixon still haunting the court?

Published Jul. 17 2016

The ghost of Republican Richard Nixon may be haunting the halls of federal buildings in Washington, D.C.

Cooper: Turning hate into love

Published Jul. 16 2016

They were five members of the United States armed services we would probably never know. Now, although we'll never meet...


Cooper: School board needs big donors to stay involved

Published Jul. 15 2016

It would be easy to lampoon the rich, the wise and the well-born who have decided to contribute big bucks...

Chattanooga Free Press announces endorsement for 3rd District House seat

Published Jul. 14 2016

Third District Congressman Chuck Fleischmann believes he has finally turned the corner with his constituents in his expansive, 11-county district,...