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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper: July 16 picture not complete despite new information

Published Jul. 2 2016

Less than a month before the one-year of the anniversary of the Chattanooga terrorist attack that took the lives of...

Cooper: Transgender military questions abound

Published Jul. 2 2016

Transgender people are the latest to be welcomed by the U.S. military and social action agency.

Cooper: Clinton and Benghazi

Published Jul. 1 2016

Democrats have been crowing this week that the House investigation of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the United States...

Cooper: Summitt's influence on women's basketball unmatched

Published Jun. 29 2016

When being the winningest coach in the history of major college basketball is only secondary to your impact on the...

Cooper: No victory for women's health

Published Jun. 29 2016

The United States Supreme Court ruled Monday that, where abortion is concerned, women's health is not primary.

Cooper: Chattanooga State tobacco ban benefits everybody

Published Jun. 28 2016

On Friday, smoking will be a thing of the past at Chattanooga State Community College.

Cooper: Level the sales tax playing field

Published Jun. 28 2016

Tennessee is a sales tax-driven state and would like to remain one.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: She said what?

Published Jun. 27 2016

Campus Reform sought out some young voters recently to test their knowledge of the presumptive presidential candidates, Republican Donald Trump...

Cooper: Obama takes credit for industry he tried to kill

Published Jun. 26 2016

In the world of President Barack Obama, you can take credit for lower gasoline prices while working behind the scenes...

Cooper: Brexit echoes key decision 37 years ago

Published Jun. 25 2016

The circumstances don't line up perfectly, but the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom Thursday, and its ramifications for the...

Cooper: Obama still wrong on illegals

Published Jun. 25 2016

Even though President Barack Obama was warned not to take the executive actions he did on illegal immigration in 2014,...

Cooper: Just what the campaign needs

Published Jun. 24 2016

On Thursday, the name of Rick Tyler, independent candidate for U.S. Congress from Tennessee's 3rd District, spread across the country...

Cooper: Carters offer marriage example

Published Jun. 24 2016

People do and will have differing political opinions about the one-term United States presidency of Jimmy Carter, but it would...

Cooper: Political game of chicken and gun

Published Jun. 22 2016

The political game of chicken came off as expected in the United States Senate Monday night, as Republicans and Democrats...

Cooper: Could community intervention work?

Published Jun. 21 2016

Is it possible that community volunteers with a headquarters and a used cab could take a bite out of crime?

Cooper's eye on the left: Dems had Clinton-only strategy

Published Jun. 20 2016

The fix was in

Cooper: Hillary most experienced? Hardly!

Published Jun. 19 2016

Is Clinton, indeed, one of the most experienced candidates ever to seek the presidency? Hardly.

Cooper: Put proceeds back into schools

Published Jun. 18 2016

We hope for a different outcome, but another pitched battle could be ahead for the disposition of funds from the...

Cooper: Anderson's editorial voice was but a small measure of the man

Published Jun. 17 2016

Lee Stratton Anderson, who died early Thursday morning at the age of 90, was not only the editor of the...

Cooper: Breaking even would be a plus

Published Jun. 15 2016

Although the annual scenario begins to sound like a broken record — perhaps something hideous by Milli Vanilli — it...

Cooper: Chattanooga City Councilman Chris Anderson's Twitter attack after Orlando shooting

Published Jun. 14 2016

In the wake of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., the last...


Cooper: Too soon to spin Orlando

Published Jun. 14 2016

No angle, connection, tie, assignment, linkage or membership of any aspect of the terrorist attack on a nightclub in Orlando,...

Cooper's eye on the left: Hillary-splaining on Libya

Published Jun. 13 2016

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has so successfully scrubbed the Sept. 11, 2012, massacre at Benghazi from her brain...