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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper: Signal Mountain step a message for Hamilton County?

Published Dec. 2 2016

A brutal, 12-month period for Hamilton County Schools that began with the pool-cue rape of an Ooltewah High School basketball...

Cooper: Vying for 'most important position in the county'

Published Nov. 30 2016

With five of nine Hamilton County commissioners and two of eight seated members of the Hamilton County Board of Education...

Cooper: Great Smoky Mountain fires 'unlike anything most have ever seen'

Published Nov. 30 2016

Hurricane-force winds drove embers from one fire in the Great Smoky Mountains into hundreds of separate fires Monday, turning the...

Cooper: Standard-Coosa lofts plan is promising

Published Nov. 29 2016

While we have urged the city to use caution in doling out tax breaks for housing developments, we like one...

Cooper: Is Corker still in mix for secretary of state?

Published Nov. 29 2016

We hope President-elect Donald Trump's meeting with Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., signals the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Obama gets in a few jabs

Published Nov. 28 2016

With each new interview on the presidential election, President Barack Obama seems to grind his foot on the campaign of...

Cooper: Election gloating

Published Nov. 27 2016

Less than a month ago, much of the traditional and new media were writing gleefully about the likely demise of...

Cooper: Trump and The Olive Branch

Published Nov. 25 2016

Nearly 30 years after President Gerald Ford pardoned former President Richard Nixon for any crimes he may have committed, Ford...

Cooper: Preventable crash; caring community

Published Nov. 23 2016

If speed, as has been alleged, is at the root of Monday's horrific bus crash that claimed the lives of...

Cooper: Endearing the public to Trump [videos]

Published Nov. 22 2016

President Barack Obama and a cast member of the acclaimed Broadway production "Hamilton," perhaps unwittingly, are among those doing their...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Criminal penalties for road blockers

Published Nov. 21 2016

An Iowa Republican state legislator has introduced a bill that would levy fines on state universities that fund counseling services...

Cooper: Tennessee Promise second-year data likely to be impressive

Published Nov. 20 2016

What percentage of students returning for their second year at Tennessee community colleges through the Tennessee Promise program would make...


Cooper: Replacing Obamacare? It's complicated

Published Nov. 19 2016

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., told the Chattanooga Rotary Club last week he expects Obamacare to be repealed next year,...

Cooper: School board pick should be public

Published Nov. 18 2016

Where Hamilton County Commission business is concerned, we believe the more transparent the better.

Cooper: Corker a better fit at State

Published Nov. 18 2016

President-elect Donald Trump hasn't asked us, and he won't, but we much prefer the choice of U.S. Sen. Bob Corker,...

Cooper: Site approval is a good sign for Chattanooga Veterans Clinic

Published Nov. 16 2016

A year and a half ago, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann said progress on a new site for the Chattanooga Veterans...

Cooper: TVA operating in sweet spot

Published Nov. 16 2016

Since the Tennessee Valley Authority earned its highest ever net income for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, we...

Cooper: Trump's rehetoric vs. his actions

Published Nov. 15 2016

The national punditry is agog with breathless reports that President-elect Donald Trump is backing down on some of his campaign...

Cooper's eye on the left: Celebrities now not leaving

Published Nov. 14 2016

Those celebrities who promised they'd leave the country if Donald Trump was elected president now say they didn't mean it.

Cooper: Fall of the House of Hillary

Published Nov. 13 2016

If you're still wondering how Donald Trump pulled an inside straight and won the 2016 presidential election over Hillary Clinton,...

Cooper: The country's forgotten

Published Nov. 11 2016

Today, President Barack Obama is likely to make a proclamation about Veterans Day or visit Arlington National Cemetery to honor...

Cooper: Putting the shine back on U.S.

Published Nov. 10 2016

Believe it or not, winning the election may not be the biggest challenge for Republican Donald J. Trump.

Cooper: GOP likely to retain Congress

Published Nov. 9 2016

Republican Donald Trump at press time Tuesday would need to run the table to become the 45th president of the...