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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper: School board faces its own high-stakes test

Published Jan. 23 2016

When Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith resigned Thursday, he surely felt both a personal sense of relief — stemming...

Cooper: Giving vouchers space to breathe

Published Jan. 22 2016

The concept of educational vouchers in Tennessee got the go-ahead Wednesday to be discussed further in the state House.

Cooper: Getting back to feeding the hungry

Published Jan. 22 2016

If current Senate legislation advances, the federal school lunch program may get back to doing what it was intended to...

Cooper: Selective unity on M.L. King Day

Published Jan. 19 2016

If the Unity Group which had sponsored local Martin Luther King Jr. parades for 46 years felt used and put...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: I can see Iran from here

Published Jan. 18 2016

Actress Tiny Fey got a lot of deserved laughs for her dead-on "Saturday Night Live" portrayal of former Alaska Gov....

Cooper: These are the 'Good Ol' Days'

Published Jan. 17 2016

"Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," the Academy Award-winning Western starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman, will be screened at...

Cooper: Sadly, No Franken-candidate Available

Published Jan. 16 2016

It must be getting closer to Feb. 1, the date of the Iowa Caucuses. The attacks are getting sharper, and...

Cooper: Hazing policy examination better late than never

Published Jan. 15 2016

It's not like there wasn't a serious hazing precedent — before last month's pool-cue rape of an Ooltewah High School...

Cooper: VW's recommitment good for city

Published Jan. 13 2016

Volkswagen has never threatened to delay or scrap its planned Chattanooga plant expansion, but it wouldn't have been a total...

Cooper: Labor's forced fees to go away?

Published Jan. 13 2016

It's a long way until June when a decision will be rendered, but U.S. Supreme Court justices seemed skeptical in...

Cooper: State of the Union -- what I've done that you don't like

Published Jan. 12 2016

President Barack Obama is apparently going to give the State of the Union address tonight he should be giving in...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Reid wants rule changed for him

Published Jan. 11 2016

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the majority leader responsible for keeping sound Republican legislation from the floor of the Senate between...

Cooper: Politics will slow general assembly

Published Jan. 10 2016

With 2016 not only an election year for most members of the Tennessee General Assembly but also a presidential election...

Cooper: Clinton's email drumbeat louder

Published Jan. 9 2016

For some reason, Hillary Clinton is still the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States in...

Cooper: Hey Commissioners, don't spend the money yet

Published Jan. 9 2016

Nothing's been set in stone yet, but the Hamilton County Commission's approved resolution to the Hamilton County legislative delegation to...

Cooper: Public needed reassurance it didn't get surrounding Ooltewah incident

Published Jan. 8 2016

Scores of people came to the meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Education on Wednesday night because they wanted...

Cooper: What Chattanooga are they talking about?

Published Jan. 6 2016

Shhh! Don't tell those people who keep moving to the Chattanooga area to take advantage of manufacturing jobs or entrepreneurial...

Cooper: Concentrate on illegal guns

Published Jan. 5 2016

President Barack Obama is poised this week to use another executive order to tinker with background checks on guns that...

Cooper: Homeless order sounds humane, but...

Published Jan. 5 2016

An executive order signed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is a microcosm of everything that's wrong with liberal governance.

Eye on the Left: More beds for the border

Published Jan. 4 2016

If anyone wonders why Donald Trump continues to be largely a one-issue candidate, one needs only check out the latest...

Cooper: Still whipping the South

Published Jan. 3 2016

The poor, backward, benighted South. It is, according to a recent series of articles in the Washington Post, "a region...

Cooper: The Magic Of A New Year

Published Jan. 1 2016

Jan. 1 is no different from any other day, but it brings with it the magical thinking that things can...

Cooper: Good riddance to 2015

Published Dec. 31 2015

It would be tempting to say good riddance rather than goodbye to 2015.