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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Will Vols Learn A Lesson?

Published Mar. 28 2015

The University of Tennessee fired its second serial cheater basketball coach in four years on Friday. Only time will tell...

Harry Reid Walks Into Sunset

Published Mar. 28 2015

Republicans who might have hoped the decision by Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., not to run for re-election in 2016...

GOP On Serious Budget Path

Published Mar. 27 2015

If you pay too much attention to Washington, D.C.-centric media, you'd think members of the Republican Congress couldn't tie their...

All or not at all

Published Mar. 25 2015

Whatever the United States Supreme Court determines in relation to same-sex marriage this term, we hope it won't include anything...

Children 'to the Roots'

Published Mar. 25 2015

Chris Devaney will have his mind on children as the new head of a Chattanooga-based nonprofit organization, and some may...

Lawsuit apparently was in the cards

Published Mar. 25 2015

A lawsuit against the state of Tennessee by seven Chattanooga area school districts over the full funding of local schools...

Chattanooga is home to three fine rabbis; one's been named most inspiring in U.S.

Published Mar. 24 2015

Mizpah Congregation's William Tepper was named Monday as one of America's most inspiring rabbis by the Jewish Daily Forward, but...

Iran is still Iran

Published Mar. 24 2015

President Barack Obama's Central Intelligence Agency director said in an interview over the weekend that the leader of an elite...

Tax less, spend more?

Published Mar. 24 2015

Americans want lower taxes and more spending, according to a recent survey by the NORC Center for Public Affairs at...

Eye On The Left: Shh! 'SNL' now a conservative tool

Published Mar. 23 2015

From the you-must-be-kidding department, former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Horatio Sanz recently complained in a podcast interview about the...

Moynihan's family 'problem'

Published Mar. 22 2015

Daniel Patrick Moynihan often was teasingly referred to as "Richard Nixon's favorite liberal" because of the time he spent in...

A Common Core compromise?

Published Mar. 21 2015

If Tennessee schools have in place strong academic standards that consistently increase all students' standardized test, college readiness test and...

Rick Smith could be planting seeds

Published Mar. 21 2015

Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith has proposed a 40-cent property tax increase that he probably will not get. ...

Sunshine, Prayers And Snack Cakes

Published Mar. 20 2015

A few points to ponder while waiting for your NCAA brackets to fall apart:

In and out of the sunshine

Published Mar. 18 2015

It's Sunshine Week in Tennessee.

We don't need you till we need you

Published Mar. 17 2015

President Barack Obama's chief of staff said in a letter to Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker over the weekend that...

Try walking in their shoes

Published Mar. 17 2015

If we watched enough "CSI" and "Law & Order," we know pretty much all there is to know about police...

Eye on the Left: 'Have a blessed day'

Published Mar. 16 2015

How can I be offended today?

Putting eyes on the iZone

Published Mar. 15 2015

New Tennessee Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen toured three Hamilton County schools Friday but not the ones you might expect....

Regulatory champagne

Published Mar. 14 2015

The 400 pages are just the beginning.

Roads plan intriguing

Published Mar. 14 2015

A roundabout that is part of a $15 million downtown traffic corridor reconfiguration has the potential to solve what has...

BEP 3.0 ahead?

Published Mar. 14 2015

If Gov. Bill Haslam and the state legislature can craft a plan that funds schools at the level expected from...

Peaceful Protest A Lost Art?

Published Mar. 13 2015

As Americans, we believe in the right of peaceful protest -- that we can have our say against something we...