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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper: Rep. JoAnne Favors remained a happy warrior

Published Nov. 15 2017

As the lone Democrat in the Hamilton County state legislative delegation, Rep. JoAnne Favors almost always was rowing against a...

Cooper: Roy Moore is in the guilt gray area

Published Nov. 14 2017

Is Alabama Republican senatorial candidate Roy Moore as guilty as the Duke University lacrosse team members, as guilty as former...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Oh, wait, he's a Democrat

Published Nov. 13 2017

Last week, as the jury began considering the guilt or innocence of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., in a federal...


Cooper: Judging the psyche of presidents

Published Nov. 12 2017

The account describes the president as "morose, self pitying, angry ... tormented." Another impression of him says he tended to...

Cooper: Veterans - U.S. at its heart

Published Nov. 11 2017

If one listened too long or too closely to the country's constantly aggrieved set, one might begin to believe the...

Cooper: Endorsing a lack of transparency

Published Nov. 10 2017

When the Hamilton County Commission and the Hamilton County Board of Education are singing the same tune, it seems almost...

Cooper: What Trump knows about America

Published Nov. 8 2017

A year ago today, Donald Trump was elected the nation's 45th president. A measure of the reaction to Sunday's church...

Cooper: Aligning stormwater runoff regulations with state

Published Nov. 7 2017

The city of Chattanooga wants to align its stormwater runoff regulations with those of the state. We believe it should.

Cooper: Pretrial alternatives must be fair

Published Nov. 7 2017

If Tennessee's justice system overcrowding can be alleviated with reforms, we believe they ought to be examined. But at no...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: War on history rages

Published Nov. 6 2017

We warned it would likely come to this, and now it has.

Cooper: 'Dunkirk,' Medal of Honor Center have fitting ties

Published Nov. 5 2017

Despite often introspective Americans' thoughts to the contrary, World War II did not begin when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor...

Cooper: Commissioners, is public discussion bad?

Published Nov. 3 2017

If a majority of Hamilton County commissioners don't believe it's good business to take two votes on measures as important...


Cooper: Tax bill deserves truth, not spin

Published Nov. 3 2017

We don't know how the Republicans' newly minted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will fare in Congress, but we know...

Cooper: Increasing policy by judges alarming

Published Nov. 1 2017

America, we have a problem, an insidious one.

Cooper: Mueller's smoke, lack of fire

Published Oct. 31 2017

On Monday, Democrats and left-leaning members of the national media were falling all over themselves, breathlessly suggesting that indictments of...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Not NSYNC with Timberlake

Published Oct. 30 2017

Justin Timberlake's halftime brouhah.

Cooper: Reformation still impactful today

Published Oct. 29 2017

It's been called one of the most profound religious, political, cultural and intellectual movements of the second millennium.

Cooper: Can freedom keep us together?

Published Oct. 28 2017

If the 2016 presidential election just short of a year ago didn't convince us, a new Pew Research Center political...

Cooper: Alexander's bridge bill is worthy

Published Oct. 27 2017

For those people who are sure President Donald Trump would never want or sign anything short of complete repeal of...

Cooper: Trump, Corker feud - again

Published Oct. 25 2017

Tennessee Republicans increasingly are feeling in the middle of a feud between a president they overwhelmingly voted for and a...

Cooper: Boyd's 'extra time' has merits

Published Oct. 25 2017

Hamilton County Commissioner Tim Boyd wants some think-about-it time built into votes on county budgets and tax rates.


Cooper: Black's warning could bite her

Published Oct. 24 2017

Gubernatorial candidates across Tennessee today are filing away remarks U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R-Gallatin, recently made.

Cooper: Russian tentacles into Tennessee

Published Oct. 24 2017

The Russian influence in the 2016 election even reached into Tennessee.