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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper: The Politics Of Troop Withdrawals

Published Oct. 16 2015

You'll never hear him say it, of course, but President Barack Obama may have learned from the huge mistake he...

Cooper: Fleischmann Says He Is Growing Into The Job

Published Oct. 16 2015

"Nervous," "cautious" and "afraid to say anything" is the way seasoned political observers described first-term U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Chattanooga.

Cooper: Public smoking initiative is off to a polite start

Published Oct. 14 2015

For many of us, the declaration of cigarette smoking as illegal wouldn't be too rash.

Cooper: If you like your plan, you have to change it

Published Oct. 13 2015

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee isn't the first to do it and won't be the last.

Cooper: Don't expect any Benghazi bombshells

Published Oct. 13 2015

Don't look for the candidate in the crosshairs of the House Select Committee on Benghazi to be forthcoming about her...

Cooper: Eye on the left, Where The Real Money Is Made

Published Oct. 12 2015

President Obama is right about one thing.

Cooper: It's Come To This, CSAS Beginning Campaign For New Auditorium Seats

Published Oct. 11 2015

When a school district has a $200 million maintenance backlog, auditorium seats are not going to be at the front...

Cooper: DesJarlais says a Conservative House Speaker is possible

Published Oct. 10 2015

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-South Pittsburg, one of the 30 to 40 members of the U.S. House Freedom Caucus at...

Cooper: What Good News on Immigration?

Published Oct. 9 2015

Only in the Obama administration is the deportation of the fewest illegal immigrants in nearly a decade good news.

Cooper: VW 'deaths' worst kind of junk science

Published Oct. 7 2015

An Associated Press statistical and computer analysis of Volkswagen's emissions control cheating suggests the pollution work-around is the cause of...

Cooper: Erlanger lawsuit a pricey, messy lesson

Published Oct. 7 2015

Erlanger hospital left Tuesday's wrongful termination lawsuit in Hamilton County Circuit Court a little lighter in the wallet but perhaps...

Cooper: Voucher program offers residents new options

Published Oct. 6 2015

Living in the midst of poverty doesn't guarantee a life of poverty, but it certainly doesn't help.

Cooper: Ramsey's gun suggestion not what Jesus would do

Published Oct. 6 2015

Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey is right about one thing. Christians are under attack, whether it be by jihadist extremism,...

Cooper: Who said no good jobs are available in the area?

Published Oct. 6 2015

Politicians and others who claim to speak for disadvantaged groups of people love to throw out the weary canard that...

Cooper: Eye on the left

Published Oct. 5 2015

Only days ago during his trip to the United States, Pope Francis was a liberal darling and could no wrong....

Cooper: Improve Best Practices Of Pre-K Across The State To Get Results

Published Oct. 4 2015

A five-year, $6 million study of the effects of Tennessee's Voluntary Pre-K Program reveals that quality, practices and curriculum in...

Cooper: Gun Rhetoric Won't Stop Mass Murder

Published Oct. 3 2015

Once again, President Obama has used a horrific mass shooting to make an argument for gun control.

Cooper: Firing Range Move Good News

Published Oct. 3 2015

Something changed.

Cooper: Haslam Doing The Gas Tax Two-Step

Published Oct. 2 2015

Gov. Bill Haslam may have learned something about the prospect of raising the state gas tax from his Insure Tennessee...

Cooper: VW should take a page from Tylenol

Published Sep. 30 2015

Volkswagen would do well to remember the 1982 Tylenol tragedy and how drugmaker Johnson & Johnson came out the other...

Cooper: Bike lanes worrisome

Published Sep. 30 2015

The new bike lanes under construction on Broad Street -- and soon to be elsewhere -- appear to be an...

Cooper: Marine Corps report revelations strengthen need for carry policy

Published Sep. 29 2015

By Defense Department policy, no one was armed at the Marine Corps recruiting center on Lee Highway when Mohammad Youssef...

Cooper: Ironman receives city's ironclad welcome, support

Published Sep. 29 2015

For every Ironman Chattanooga 2015 competitor Sunday, six people came to the Scenic City.