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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper's Eye on the Left: 'March' not quite as advertised

Published Apr. 2 2018

To listen to the national media, one might have thought the March 24 "March for Our Lives," purported to be...

Cooper: Wrong solution to guns

Published Apr. 1 2018

If gun control advocates thought they were making headway in the wake of February's Florida high school shooting, their cause...

Cooper: Putting together a gang roundup

Published Mar. 31 2018

The pieces were in place several months ago for local law enforcement agencies to bring a large, collaborative hammer down...

Cooper: Is forum turnout a sign of voter interest?

Published Mar. 28 2018

Early voting for the May 1 Hamilton County primary election begins two weeks from today.

Cooper: Don't invite Walnut Street Bridge trouble

Published Mar. 27 2018

A resident of a Texas city nearly 800 miles west of Chattanooga has begun an online petition to change the...

Cooper: Action, not words, on opioids

Published Mar. 27 2018

The fact that Hamilton County has one of the lowest opioid death rates in East Tennessee doesn't mean it's not...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: 'Bullies R Us'

Published Mar. 26 2018

Former Vice President Joe Biden may have thought sounding tough in an elementary school way was effective, but it only...

Cooper: Abortion and the First Amendment

Published Mar. 25 2018

A California law that forces pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to tell clients about state-funded abortion options was debated in oral...

Cooper: New wrinkle: Socioeconomic desegregation

Published Mar. 24 2018

In the early 1970s, the cure for segregated schools, especially in the South, was busing — taking students out of...

Cooper: Refugees 1, Tennessee 0

Published Mar. 23 2018

In 2016, the Barack Obama administration dropped nearly 2,400 refugees into Tennessee and stuck the state with the bill.

Cooper: Another deserving honor for Rev. Paul McDaniel

Published Mar. 23 2018

The Rev. Paul McDaniel came to Chattanooga more than five decades ago to change souls, and he not only did...

Cooper: Facebook the victim? Hardly!

Published Mar. 21 2018

Innovation or deceit? It depends on who's behind it.

Cooper: Embracing all of history

Published Mar. 20 2018

At some point a few years down the road, a memorial at the south end of the Walnut Street Bridge...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: United in love to hate

Published Mar. 19 2018

A new dating website recently was launched for those who love to hate.

Cooper: Legislators, vote for tuition break this time

Published Mar. 18 2018

It's time Tennessee legislators did the right thing about tuition at public colleges and universities for the children of illegal...

Cooper: Elected office or business? GOP voters must consider

Published Mar. 17 2018

Once you serve a term in elected office, you have a record.

Cooper: The future is here for students

Published Mar. 16 2018

The future of education has arrived in Hamilton County.

Cooper: Calming the North Shore community

Published Mar. 14 2018

The North Shore community is so convenient to downtown Chattanooga, no wonder everybody wants to live there.

Cooper: Can Pompeo speak Trump?

Published Mar. 14 2018

If Donald Trump serves two terms as president, he's likely to blow away Harry Truman and George W. Bush for...

Cooper: The economy's 'surprising' news

Published Mar. 13 2018

Sooner or later, pundits and so-called experts will have to stop using terms like "surprising" or "unexpected" when it comes...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Farrakhan's coziness with Democrats

Published Mar. 12 2018

Democrats have been catching a little heat lately over their continued coziness with racist and anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, the Nation...


Cooper: Nixon, Reagan - and Trump?

Published Mar. 11 2018

Could a Donald Trump presidency accomplish with North Korea today what a Ronald Reagan presidency did with the Soviet Union...

Cooper: School board finds safety touchy

Published Mar. 10 2018

With the Feb. 14 Florida school shooting still on the minds of many people, a conversation around school safety can...