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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper: Hooray for Lamar Alexander's bridge

Published Aug. 5 2017

Vice President Mike Pence reminded a Nashville audience Thursday night that voters put President Donald Trump and him into office...

Cooper: An even better heritage center

Published Aug. 4 2017

That Chattanooga is a fitting home for a heritage center honoring Medal of Honor recipients has never been the question.

Cooper: End-of-life care a tipping point?

Published Aug. 2 2017

We presume that Connie Yates and Chris Gard were able to determine the disposition of the final remains of their...

Cooper: School success is available here

Published Aug. 1 2017

Over the last several years, we have been critical of the Hamilton County Department of Education for a lack of...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Is Chuck Schumer morphing into Harry Reid?

Published Jul. 31 2017

It's bad enough for Democrats that they have been lampooned for their new Papa John's-like "better" slogan, but even their...

Cooper: Learning from 'presidential' presidents

Published Jul. 30 2017

President Donald Trump occasionally reminds us of comedian Norm Crosby.

Cooper: State scores sign of county success?

Published Jul. 29 2017

If the Hamilton County Schools have made the strides their administrators said they were making throughout the 2016-2017 school year,...

Cooper: Bipartisan health bill not on horizon

Published Jul. 29 2017

Another day, another failed health care plan.

Cooper: Freeze taxes for city seniors

Published Jul. 28 2017

We'll have to wait until Tuesday to find out for sure, but Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke is signaling his desire...

Cooper: Bill Kilbride's Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce legacy

Published Jul. 28 2017

A week after the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce was announced as Chamber of the Year by the Association of...

Cooper: Walker County's rocky ship of state

Published Jul. 26 2017

Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield knew what he was getting into, and he still wanted the job.

Cooper: Increasing graduation rates

Published Jul. 26 2017

If we think realistically, we would assume that graduation rates at Tennessee community colleges will lag behind enrollment in the...

Cooper: A mural for Woodmore students?

Published Jul. 25 2017

For those who remember Chattanooga from the not-so-distant past when its only public art was Civil War cannons, monuments and...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Devaluing our values

Published Jul. 24 2017

Public museums and memorials serve our nation's "foundational commitments to white heterosexual male supremacy," two Texas A&M University professors say...

Cooper: Could Trump be Republican Jimmy Carter?

Published Jul. 23 2017

Donald Trump has been president of the United States for six months, and several conservative pundits are already suggesting he...

Cooper: City comes to Northpoint Boulevard's rescue

Published Jul. 22 2017

On an international or national scale, it doesn't rank with radical terrorism, health care reform or illegal immigration, but the...

Cooper: Sheriff Watson and the truth

Published Jul. 22 2017

Although being a sheriff of a county the size of Bradley County appears to be a full-time job, we wouldn't...

Cooper: Keep eyes on Hamilton County finances

Published Jul. 21 2017

We hope the Hamilton County Commission's Wednesday reversal of a previous vote to establish new oversight rules on certain nonprofit...

Cooper: Having skin in the game

Published Jul. 21 2017

The term 'skin in the game' has been variously thrown around recently concerning the state's proposed intervention into five low-performing...

Cooper: Making school judgments harder

Published Jul. 19 2017

United States District Judge Curtis Collier made an objective ruling Monday that the Hamilton County Department of Education had violated...

Cooper: Bipartisan health bill a thought?

Published Jul. 19 2017

It was hardly risky for President Barack Obama and Democrats to create the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without Republicans in...


OPINION: What Demetrus Coonrod owes constituents

Published Jul. 18 2017

Although Chattanooga City Councilwoman Demetrus Coonrod did the same thing many frustrated citizens — perhaps even City Council representatives —...

Cooper: Neighbors helping neighbors

Published Jul. 18 2017

It happens every year at this time.