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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper: Removing the 'storm" of hate

Published Dec. 17 2016

If we're lucky, we'll have heard the last of Dylann Storm Roof after his sentencing next month for the June...

Cooper: The Administration's failure in Syria

Published Dec. 17 2016

The Obama administration is undoubtedly glad to have its media cheerleaders focus on allegations of Russian hacking in the presidential...

Cooper: Chattanooga City Council turnover less likely

Published Dec. 16 2016

In the spring of 2013, Chattanooga elected a new mayor and seven of nine new City Council members. Don't look...


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Cooper: Being 'frenemies' with Russia

Published Dec. 14 2016

One in four Americans, according to a new report, believe more people were killed under the United States presidential administration...

Cooper: Third way in reappraisal bills?

Published Dec. 13 2016

If the city of Chattanooga and the other nine municipalities in Hamilton County learned a state law was on the...

Cooper: Lurone Jennings needs to give accounting

Published Dec. 13 2016

We're shocked and saddened to see that veteran area youth leader Lurone Jennings, director of Chattanooga's Youth and Family Development...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: A training ground for Jihadists?

Published Dec. 12 2016

Our good friends, the Iranians, with whom the U.S. signed a nuclear agreement in 2015, have opened a new theme...

Cooper: Truckers want to do their part

Published Dec. 11 2016

A transportation industry is willing to pay higher taxes so that the infrastructure it relies on will be easier to...

Cooper: John Glenn a hero from a different era

Published Dec. 10 2016

For many baby boomers, John Glenn was as close to an authentic American hero as anyone could get. It was...

Cooper: Cures Act a strong dose of hope

Published Dec. 9 2016

In a day when approval of Congress barely exceeds 10 percent of poll respondents and few believe the body ever...

Cooper: 'Experience' charge making Democrats look desperate

Published Dec. 7 2016

The left's desperation to delegitimize President-elect Donald Trump before he takes office would be funny if it weren't so pathetic.

Cooper: Sheriff Watson, show your paperwork

Published Dec. 6 2016

Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson's actions in selling used cars seem to run counter to state law. We say "seem"...

Cooper: Can Trump slow health costs?

Published Dec. 6 2016

What health care coverage will look like under President Donald J. Trump can only be speculated. We can be sure...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: A truly 'Beastie' creation

Published Dec. 5 2016

From the stranger-than-fiction file is the report of a Beastie Boys member creating a vegan shoe which will profit the...

Cooper: Daring to dream of better

Published Dec. 4 2016

Donald Trump was elected president less than a month ago, and voters and supporters want to believe a similar morning...

Cooper: Refugees -- this is why

Published Dec. 3 2016

A secret deal was made earlier this year to settle nearly 2,500 refugees from mostly Middle East countries in the...

Cooper: Accountability at odds in Woodmore crash

Published Dec. 2 2016

Better accountability may not have changed the outcome in the Nov. 21 bus crash that killed six Woodmore Elementary School...

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: 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...


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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'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...