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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper: Black's warning could bite her

Published Oct. 24 2017

Gubernatorial candidates across Tennessee today are filing away remarks U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R-Gallatin, recently made.

Cooper: Russian tentacles into Tennessee

Published Oct. 24 2017

The Russian influence in the 2016 election even reached into Tennessee.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Melania's body double latest slam

Published Oct. 23 2017

Liberal resistance to President Donald Trump has hit a weird new low.


Cooper: Dangerous course for Boy Scouts

Published Oct. 22 2017

With young children exposed to far too much sexualizing in today's world, the recent decision by Boy Scouts of America...

Cooper: Surprise! Here's your school plan

Published Oct. 21 2017

So much for transparency.

Cooper: State's Convention and Visitors Bureau audit results concerning

Published Oct. 20 2017

Although some officials made light Wednesday of the findings of a state audit that examined the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors...

Cooper: Standardized tests testing the state

Published Oct. 18 2017

We wish Tennessee's seeming ongoing problem with online standardized testing and scoring for public school students was an isolated problem....

Cooper: The forest and trees of outsourcing

Published Oct. 18 2017

As a businessman, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam knows what people in business know. One day, the state will have a...

Cooper: West sees Trump as 'stopgap'

Published Oct. 17 2017

Conservatives may have the wind at their backs, author, pundit and former U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., said in a...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: The stain of Hillary Clinton's charity

Published Oct. 16 2017

You've got to admire Hillary Clinton for steadfastly being, well, Clintonian.

Cooper: Blackburn saga tip of iceberg

Published Oct. 15 2017

Our crystal ball doesn't allow us to see whether U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., will be the Republican nominee for...

Cooper: Grundy incident all too familiar

Published Oct. 14 2017

Less than two years after the pool cue rape of an Ooltewah High School basketball player by his teammates, a...


Cooper: Trump's legally correct move

Published Oct. 14 2017

While President Donald Trump made a proper constitutional calculation Thursday by ending the Affordable Care Act's so-called "cost sharing reductions,"...

Cooper: ACT scores show state's challenge

Published Oct. 13 2017

More than 62,000 students graduated from Tennessee public high schools in 129 school districts in 2017. However, only four of...

Cooper: Trump is winning ... but it's the NFL

Published Oct. 11 2017

More than 11 months after Donald Trump was elected the country's 45th president, segments of the glitterati still do not...

Cooper: Corker-Trump feud as incentive?

Published Oct. 10 2017

By all rights, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., has been honest, measured and deliberate in his comments about the Trump...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: A Hollywood answer to guns

Published Oct. 9 2017

We figured Hollywood would have the perfect answer to the gun control debate roaring after the worst mass shooting in...

Cooper: Park may not be place for bust

Published Oct. 8 2017

The 6-2 vote last week by the Hamilton County Commission not to move the Hamilton County Courthouse lawn bust of...

Cooper: Berke sounds like a candidate

Published Oct. 7 2017

If Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke decides to run for the United States Senate in 2018 — and a negative tweet...

Cooper: Goodbye, Columbus

Published Oct. 6 2017

Poor Christopher Columbus. Even 511 years after his death, the Italian explorer who was only looking for a quicker route...

Cooper: Democrats are slow learners about women

Published Oct. 4 2017

Democrats, perhaps reluctantly, are learning that women are people, too.


Cooper: Hurricane of obfuscation

Published Oct. 3 2017

"A lie," Mark Twain once said, "can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its...

Cooper: What gun measures can, can't do

Published Oct. 3 2017

Las Vegas bookmakers, were they not likely shocked at the act themselves, wouldn't have given odds on how quickly Democrats...