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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper: Corker's pragmatic leadership

Published Sep. 27 2017

United States Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., left the door open two weeks ago as to whether he would run for...

Cooper: When presidents speak ...

Published Sep. 26 2017

When presidents speak, their words are rarely heard in a vacuum.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: We're relevant ... really

Published Sep. 25 2017

To listen to the Left, you'd think they wish the 2018 election were today and the 2020 presidential election right...


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Cooper: When protesting turns violent

Published Sep. 19 2017

Protester, politician and pundit comments from the weekend demonstrations and violence in St. Louis are a microcosm of the virus...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: 'We would bankrupt the nation'

Published Sep. 18 2017

If asked today, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., would no doubt say he has grown.

Cooper: Spending school money wisely

Published Sep. 17 2017

If the suggestions to Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson and the Hamilton County Board of Education last week...

Cooper: Wacker should learn from VW

Published Sep. 16 2017

We would have hoped Wacker Chemie might have learned something from the scandal of its fellow German-headquartered company Volkswagen.

Cooper: Legislators flying high (on hog)

Published Sep. 16 2017

It's not too much for taxpayers to expect their lawmakers whenever possible to make the least costly arrangements when they...

Cooper: Trump should take a look back

Published Sep. 15 2017

In 1986, the Gipper was gotten.

Cooper: Judicial religious tests a bad sign

Published Sep. 13 2017

University presidents usually fall over themselves trying to steer clear of anything that might show partiality to conservatives, but the...

Cooper: Hamilton County test scores emphasize challenge

Published Sep. 12 2017

For the second year in a row, the Hamilton County Schools district scored significantly above expectation in literacy.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: If a senator is on trial...

Published Sep. 11 2017

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., was enmeshed in a corruption trial in his home state last week.

Cooper: Religious voters less monolithic

Published Sep. 10 2017

More than 10 years ago, then-Sen. Barack Obama shocked many people in an address by telling them the United States...

Cooper: The slow walk to Silverdale

Published Sep. 9 2017

If Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond were the tender sort, he might feel hurt at how often Hamilton County Mayor...

Cooper: The county's return on investment

Published Sep. 8 2017

When it comes to paying more taxes, few people are happy about it. But nobody wants to buy a pig...

Cooper: Dreaming beyond 'Dreamers'

Published Sep. 6 2017

We hope President Trump's handing to Congress the program that grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Attempting a Swift takedown

Published Sep. 4 2017

Pop music star Taylor Swift may be talented, but she may or may not be part of the Trump resistance....

Cooper: The Nashville Statement's relevance

Published Sep. 3 2017

You may have heard a little about the "Nashville Statement," a document on human sexuality released in Tennessee's capitol city...

Cooper: Chattanooga's helping hands

Published Sep. 2 2017

Twelve years ago today, Chattanooga was busy coordinating efforts to assist with the after effects of a mammoth hurricane that...

Cooper: Al Chapman had right attributes

Published Sep. 2 2017

Al Chapman, a former city official and nonprofit leader who died Wednesday, didn't have to look too far for influence.

Cooper: TNReady test scores show district improvement

Published Sep. 1 2017

(3n + 3)(3n + 1)

Cooper: A splendid opportunity for Hamilton County

Published Aug. 30 2017

In the end, what tipped the scale doesn't matter.

Cooper: Southern Poverty Law Center is fighting hate with hate

Published Aug. 29 2017

We have previously written with dismay about the Southern Poverty Law Center's ongoing decision to fight hate with hate.