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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Chattanooga Free Press announces endorsement for 3rd District House seat

Published Jul. 14 2016

Third District Congressman Chuck Fleischmann believes he has finally turned the corner with his constituents in his expansive, 11-county district,...

Chattanooga Free Press announces endorsement for District 10 Senate seat

Published Jul. 13 2016

Longtime Republican activist Todd Gardenhire eked out a win in the 2012 Republican Senate primary over Greg Vital, then had...

Chattanooga Free Press announces endorsements for state House Districts 28 and 29

Published Jul. 12 2016

In the 2014 elections, incumbents in the Hamilton County legislative delegation got a free ride. Neither Republicans nor the one...

Chattanooga Free Press announces endorsement for Hamilton County assessor of property

Published Jul. 11 2016

An issue out of the hands of the Hamilton County assessor of property has become the main issue in the...

Chattanooga Free Press announces Hamilton County Board of Education endorsements

Published Jul. 10 2016

In an election year when outsiders nationally have made big splashes and when many voters have said they wanted to...

Cooper: Please spare the tired rhetoric

Published Jul. 9 2016

Not with this shooting. Surely, he wouldn't go there. Not with five policemen, who were trying to help facilitate a...

Cooper: Predictable end to Clinton saga

Published Jul. 7 2016

You could feel it coming. You just weren't sure when.

Cooper: Corker could fit another role

Published Jul. 7 2016

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump could imagine Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., as a possible running mate, but Corker evidently...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: School district must change policies to give Christians equal access

Published Jul. 5 2016

An Ohio federal district court ruled last week that the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) had to stop discriminating against...

Cooper: Now VW can move forward

Published Jul. 3 2016

Chattanoogans who own Volkswagens affected by the manufacturer's diesel cheating scandal likely have bitter feelings about the sordid mess, but...

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...