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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper's Eye on the Left: New kind of hunger strike

Published May. 1 2017

A group of Yale University doctoral students, who have their tuition paid, receive additional $30,000 stipends and get free health...

Cooper: Thank you, Tennessee Aquarium

Published Apr. 30 2017

With apologies to "The Tonight Show's" Jimmy Fallon:

Cooper: For students, why us versus them?

Published Apr. 29 2017

On one end of the room where the Hamilton County Board of Education met Thursday, Ted and Kelly Alling were...


Cooper: County commissioners should discuss pay publicly

Published Apr. 28 2017

We have said before and we'd maintain again that Hamilton County commissioners aren't paid enough.

Cooper: Hixson Pike changes unneeded

Published Apr. 28 2017

Whether neighborhood residents are for or against the narrowing of Hixson Pike at the small Riverview shopping area, we hope...

Cooper: Ann Coulter and free expression

Published Apr. 26 2017

Ann Coulter is a bona fide conservative but not necessarily our cup of tea. We might walk across the street...

Cooper: Schools partnership zone is promising

Published Apr. 25 2017

A nonprofit partnership zone for five of the county's most underperforming schools is a golden opportunity for those schools to...

Cooper: List of Hamilton County Schools superintendent candidates is an interesting mix

Published Apr. 25 2017

Public comments and a little reading between the lines provided the impression that Coleman Lew and Associates Inc. was not...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Maybe it was Obama

Published Apr. 24 2017

Team Clinton has blamed everything and everyone but the candidate for Hillary Clinton's loss in the 2016 presidential election, but...

Cooper: Democrats' unity rings hollow

Published Apr. 23 2017

Democrats are hoping Americans will swallow what they're offering — hook, line and sinker.

Cooper: Balanced budget was good move

Published Apr. 22 2017

The Hamilton County Board of Education has tried the all-in-one way of presenting its budget to the Hamilton County Commission....

Cooper: Ruth Holmberg's active, passionate life

Published Apr. 21 2017

It would have been easy for the then-Ruth Golden to stay behind the scenes, raise her four children and take...

Cooper: 'Biggest tax decrease' in history

Published Apr. 21 2017

It would be easy to say you just don't want to tax people, as one Tennessee legislator did Wednesday, and...

Cooper: Can displaying flag be 'political'?

Published Apr. 19 2017

An NBC sports writer named Craig Calcaterra may not have intended to do so, but he awakened a patch of...

Cooper: Catoosa GOP right -- to a point

Published Apr. 18 2017

If we could start all over again — have a "do-over" as it might be termed on the playground —...

Cooper: Convincing remains for school funders

Published Apr. 18 2017

Two years ago, then-Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith barnstormed through the county, suggesting a 40-cent property tax increase to...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Your tax dollars at work

Published Apr. 17 2017

One aspect of the bloat at the Environmental Protection Agency was exposed recently by the Americans for Tax Reform, which...

Cooper: City Council must 'play as a team'

Published Apr. 16 2017

The next Chattanooga City Council will be younger, more racially diverse and more gender diverse.

Cooper: Legislators fail students again

Published Apr. 14 2017

Forget, for a moment, the parents and whatever label you want to assign them — illegal aliens, illegal immigrants, illegals,...

Cooper: Volkswagen scratching USA's SUV itch

Published Apr. 14 2017

With year over year sales of sports utility vehicles in the United States up 5.5 percent, Volkswagen has decided to...

Cooper: Cold case unit paying off

Published Apr. 12 2017

Shortly after Neal Pinkston became Hamilton County District Attorney General in 2014, he told the Times Free Press editorial board...

Cooper: King Street lot needs fair price

Published Apr. 12 2017

It appears a potential $60,000 loss by the city of Chattanooga on a parking lot in the burgeoning Southside won't...

Cooper: Mayor Berke familiar with searching for new police chief [video]

Published Apr. 11 2017

When Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke takes the oath of office for a second term later this month, he'll find himself...