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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

House education bill good first step toward fixing problems

Published Jul. 10 2015

The United States House of Representatives took the first step Wednesday in wresting away some federal control over education policy...

Keep roads pay as you go

Published Jul. 8 2015

Tennessee has been ranked in the top tier of states for its infrastructure for several years in a row in...

Amendment 1 lawsuit allowed

Published Jul. 8 2015

With little fanfare last week, U.S. District Court Judge Kevin Sharp refused to dismiss a lawsuit by a Vanderbilt University...

Find full potential of Mountain Cove Farms

Published Jul. 7 2015

No matter which way you slice it, Walker County's purchase of part of Mountain Cove Farms doesn't look good today....

Beware proliferation of junk science

Published Jul. 7 2015

Earlier this year, Dr. Johannes Bohannon and a team of German scientists revealed a study that said people on low-carbohydrate...

Eye on the left: Calls Have Started To Punish Churches For Religious Beliefs

Published Jul. 6 2015

Predictably, it took only a few days following the U.S. Supreme Court's recent gay-marriage ruling for published and televised reports...

EPB rate rise more complicated than extreme weather

Published Jul. 5 2015

The average Chattanooga resident probably won't think twice about having to pay another $5 a month for electricity after EPB...

Battered, Bruised America Still Offers Great Promise

Published Jul. 4 2015

It would be easy to say, as some are, that the United States has made its final turn for the...

Discretionary Funds Battle Better Drama Than Reality TV

Published Jul. 3 2015

Next up on reality television, "Discretionary Funds Fight Club."

'Tireless' Dam Work Has Paid Off

Published Jul. 3 2015

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Chattanooga, often uses the word "tirelessly" when he describes how he has worked to get construction...

Tennessee Promise Can Be A Hand Up For Many

Published Jul. 2 2015

If ever Gov. Bill Haslam hopes to tell his critics "I told you so," it will be if his Tennessee...

California Joins 21st Century

Published Jul. 2 2015

California, which led states in recent years in parents shying away from vaccinating their children, now has one of the...

Zach Wamp gets Marco Rubio's appeal

Published Jul. 2 2015

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is only one of more than a dozen candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination,...

Eye on the left: American, Not Confederate, Flag The Real Problem

Published Jun. 29 2015

Left-wing darling Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam group, thinks the country shouldn't stop at taking down the...

Effective Nuclear Agreement Out of Reach?

Published Jun. 28 2015

With the deadline for a nuclear agreement with Iran only two days away, it now seems nearly impossible that a...

Marriage Ruling To Affect Far More Than Gays

Published Jun. 27 2015

For millennia, marriage has meant a covenant between one man and one woman.

Court determines will of Congress In ACA ruling

Published Jun. 26 2015

The unpopular Affordable Care Act lost its last chance to be remade into a truly affordable and workable health care...

Commissioners open the door to stacks of cash

Published Jun. 26 2015

The door is now wide open.

Removal of Confederate flag won't change polarized America

Published Jun. 24 2015

Contrary to what you might have heard, most Southerners don't spend their day thinking about the Confederate flag.

James Mapp a man who stepped up

Published Jun. 23 2015

If area residents, and especially area blacks, know the name of James R. Mapp only for his 26-year lawsuit to...

Coppinger's budget veto is fiscally responsible

Published Jun. 23 2015

Hamilton County commissioners found out Monday that "no" means "no" when it comes to taking money from the county's rainy...

Williams: 'I l ..., li ..., got mixed up'

Published Jun. 22 2015

NBC, which suspended news anchor Brian Williams in February for exaggerating or saying things that weren't true about what he...

Kicking debt down the road

Published Jun. 21 2015

If at least one party in Washington, D.C., didn't know it, the United States has a spending problem.