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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper: Tennessee, Georgia and racial progress

Published Jan. 11 2017

In the state where the Ku Klux Klan was born and where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr....

Cooper: Fleischmann eyes a 'friendly ear'

Published Jan. 10 2017

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Chattanooga, wasn't an early supporter of presidential candidate Donald Trump, but he's excited for the opportunities...

Cooper: Girls Inc. success worth duplicating

Published Jan. 10 2017

One hundred percent of high school seniors participating in programming at Girls Inc. of Chattanooga over the past eight school...


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Cooper's Eye on the Left: Incident of 'Bad Home Training'

Published Jan. 9 2017

In the same week national media was giving wide exposure to the penalty phase of a racist, white South Carolina...

Cooper: Gun crimes major election issue?

Published Jan. 8 2017

One in 5,417 residents in Chattanooga was the victim of a homicide in 2016. Thus, the chances of any one...

Cooper: The era of 'Truthiness'

Published Jan. 7 2017

The next four years may go down as America's era of 'truthiness,' the term coined in 2005 by comedian Stephen...

Cooper: Hamilton County spending stymies commissioners

Published Jan. 6 2017

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger thought he'd created a one-time, viable alternative for the discretionary funds that nine individual county...

Cooper: More study needed for voting sites

Published Jan. 6 2017

The Hamilton County Election Commission did the right thing by turning down a request from the Chattanooga City Council to...

Cooper: Civics test a boost for students

Published Jan. 4 2017

Many students graduate from high school today without a figurative passing knowledge of civics. As of Jan. 1, Tennessee high...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Democratic Party's 2020 'old folks' home'

Published Jan. 2 2017

President-elect Donald Trump won't take office for more than two weeks, but retiring Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has...

Cooper: 2017 -- Looking for the positives

Published Jan. 1 2017

In the year before us, 2017, we can only play the hand that is dealt us.

Cooper: Time for board to push on buses

Published Dec. 30 2016

Durham School Services, the current buses operator, winds up its four-year contract with the district at the end of this...

Cooper: With friends like this

Published Dec. 30 2016

Less than three weeks before its departure, the Obama administration had one final slap for Israel.

Cooper: Mayor Berke should fill in the blanks about taxpayer funding for new Erlanger hospital

Published Dec. 28 2016

We don't have to be reminded of the need. We've glimpsed the present of T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital at Erlanger,...

Cooper: Uninsured motorists, beware

Published Dec. 28 2016

Approximately one in five Tennessee drivers — some 1.2 million, as of the latest available statistics — does not have...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: The most important issues

Published Dec. 26 2016

If the Hillary Clinton campaign wants to add yet another excuse for its presidential loss to Russian hacking, 'deplorable' voters...

Cooper: 'A kind, forgiving, charitable time'

Published Dec. 25 2016

Now, Family Promise contacted the United Way of Greater Chattanooga, which manages the annual Times Free Press Neediest Cases Fund....

Cooper: Presidential planes just the beginning?

Published Dec. 23 2016

After President-elect Donald Trump complained, Boeing said it will lower the price on a new Air Force One fleet.

Cooper: Heeding Jeh Johnson's advice

Published Dec. 23 2016

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has some sound words for his boss, the current president of the United States, and...

Cooper: Are we willing to put politics aside during holidays?

Published Dec. 21 2016

Whether we prefer 'Merry Christmas' or a more generic greeting this season, almost all of us say political views left...

Cooper: Left's whining won't stop after Electoral College vote

Published Dec. 20 2016

If you thought all of the whining about Russian hacking, urgent recounts, voter fraud, an alt-right movement, unfaithful electors and...

Cooper: Sad departure of Holmberg Bridge glass [video]

Published Dec. 20 2016

The aura of walking across the Holmberg Bridge connecting Walnut Street to the Bluff View Art District is something akin...

Cooper: More data means stronger students

Published Dec. 18 2016

With the arrival in Hamilton County last week of 2015-2016 TNReady assessment scores, teachers and parents of state high school...