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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper's Eye on the Left: 'President deserves his choices'

Published Feb. 13 2017

Not that it matters to him or other Democrats, but Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer only four years ago spoke...

Chattanooga Free Press endorsements and what you need to know for election day

Published Feb. 12 2017

Endorsements, key election dates, early voting, voting locations and more...

Cooper: Chattanooga could make education pledge

Published Feb. 11 2017

It would be delightful for the Hamilton County Department of Education and its funding arm, the Hamilton County Commission, if...

Chattanooga Free Press endorses Andy Berke for second term

Published Feb. 10 2017

The Chattanooga mayoral leadership of Andy Berke has been a mixed bag, and we hoped a strong conservative candidate would...

Chattanooga Free Press endorses Anthony Byrd in District 8

Published Feb. 9 2017

Moses Freeman is the third Chattanooga city councilman in three terms to represent residents of the city's District 8 (after...

Chattanooga Free Press endorses John Kerns for leadership in District 9

Published Feb. 9 2017

As in District 8, we have sensed from residents in District 9 a frustration with the status quo, the feeling...

Cooper: Keep Russell Gilbert in District 5

Published Feb. 8 2017

Chattanooga City Councilman Russell Gilbert is a glass-half-full kind of guy, and for that he is unapologetic.

Cooper: Chris Anderson deserves nod in District 7

Published Feb. 8 2017

We have had our differences with outspoken Chattanooga City Councilman Chris Anderson and are certain we'll never agree with him...

Cooper: Henderson favored in Chattanooga's District 1

Published Feb. 7 2017

Chip Henderson was one of seven new Chattanooga City Council members elected in 2013.

Cooper: Keep Jerry Mitchell for Chattanooga's District 2 seat

Published Feb. 7 2017

We believe residents in Chattanooga's District 2 have enjoyed sound, pragmatic leadership from first-term Councilman Jerry Mitchell in the last...

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...

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...

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...