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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Senator exposes court protest

Published Feb. 6 2017

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, revealed the left for the hypocrites many are when he photographed the fill-in-the-blank signs many liberal...

Cooper: Tennessee Reconnect program another winner

Published Feb. 5 2017

If Gov. Bill Haslam has his way, Tennessee will continue to show the nation innovative ways to improve the education...

Coooper: GE settlement not half a loaf

Published Feb. 4 2017

Some may call Thursday's Chattanooga and Hamilton County tax breaks settlement with GE Power half a loaf, but that's not...


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Cooper: Seat Belts Bill Deserves Hearing

Published Feb. 4 2017

We hope a seat-belts-on-buses bill introduced Thursday by state Rep. JoAnne Favors, D-Chattanooga, gets a fair hearing in the Tennessee...

Cooper: Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke the target at forum

Published Feb. 1 2017

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke was the bulls-eye at the mayoral forum Monday night at Greater Tucker Missionary Baptist Missionary Baptist...

Cooper: Accuracy, speed should both be important to Trump

Published Jan. 31 2017

President Donald Trump apparently emphasized speed but forgot accuracy.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Obamacare architect's 'small issues'

Published Jan. 30 2017

The same Obamacare architect who said in 2013 that the 'stupidity of the American voter' helped pass the 2010 Affordable...

Cooper: Is VRI the tool or a tool?

Published Jan. 29 2017

Where murders and violent crime are concerned, people can be impatient.

Cooper: Broadband start a plus for state

Published Jan. 28 2017

We hope Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's proposed broadband legislation is just the start of an effort to expand faster internet...

Cooper: Exaggeration aside, check voter fraud

Published Jan. 28 2017

President Donald Trump is his own worst enemy in being the exaggerator in chief.

Cooper: Tennessee cities not likely to set minimum wages

Published Jan. 27 2017

Several Chattanooga City Councilmen still say they'd like to see the city adopt a higher minimum wage than that of...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Washington Post's Obama send-off

Published Jan. 23 2017

The far left Washington Post sent President Barack Obama out last week with an unexpected swift kick, enumerating what it...


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Cooper: A 'purposity' of needs

Published Jan. 22 2017

Many people today want to be generous with their resources but don't have a lot to give and are afraid...

Cooper: Trump's populist inaugural paean

Published Jan. 21 2017

With a strident populist tone, President Donald J. Trump vowed in his inaugural address to carry out the message he...

Cooper: Haslam's gas tax in gun sight

Published Jan. 20 2017

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam deserves credit for going first. However, the last time he made such a controversial proposal, it...

Cooper: Mill property amy be potential bonanza, but...

Published Jan. 18 2017

The $1.5 million cleanup costs of the 12-acre site of a former yarn mill in Lupton City could be a...

Cooper: Putting the eyes on crime

Published Jan. 18 2017

The more eyes law enforcement officials can put on the bad guys the better.

Cooper: Serving others -- for each other

Published Jan. 17 2017

We have long admired the designation of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday as a national day...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Her $37 million honor

Published Jan. 16 2017

A new entrance to the State Department in Washington, D.C., has been named for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton...

Cooper: In the end, Obama was a politician

Published Jan. 15 2017

Later this week, President Barack Obama leaves the stage as he began it — personally popular and with an adoring...

Cooper: Finding the right superintendent

Published Jan. 14 2017

Gone are the days when a county school district — Hamilton County, for instance — could advertise in various publications...


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Cooper: Can't we let God be God?

Published Jan. 14 2017

Just when God thought he might get a break in the state of Tennessee, legislators are back to determine how...

Cooper: Trump and his attackers

Published Jan. 13 2017

Is there any hope for calm after the storm?