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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper: With Xi And Putin, ObamaIs Out Of Pope Moments

Published Sep. 26 2015

As president and first golfer, Barack Obama is undoubtedly used to a lot of gimmes on the green.

Cooper: Boehner's Gone; Now What?

Published Sep. 26 2015

Conservative Republicans may have been glad when U.S. House Speaker John Boehner announced Friday he would step down on Oct....

Cooper: Is Tim Boyd a watchdog or targeter?

Published Sep. 25 2015

Commissioner Tim Boyd seems not to mind playing the role of irritant on the Hamilton County Commission, and that may...

Cooper: School-to-prison pipeline no workshop fix

Published Sep. 25 2015

The key phrase at this week's International Institute of Restorative Practices workshop in Chattanooga was this: "We've got to do...

Cooper: Erlanger solidly in the black

Published Sep. 23 2015

Less than a year and a half ago, Erlanger Health System CEO Kevin Spiegel talked in an editorial board meeting...

Cooper: Health insurance deductibles are now employees' bogeyman

Published Sep. 23 2015

Since the 2010 advent of the Affordable Care Act, often known as Obamacare, premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance have risen...

Cooper: VW brand on the line

Published Sep. 22 2015

The revelation that Volkswagen intentionally used software on some of its diesel models to deceive regulators in measuring toxic emissions...

Cooper: Pope Francis missed an opportunity in Cuba

Published Sep. 22 2015

Pope Francis used his visit to Cuba for political purposes over the weekend in assigning hope to "the process of...

Cooper: President Obama's Nobel Peace prize regretted by organization official

Published Sep. 21 2015

If he had it to do over again, the former director of Norway's Nobel Institute says in a new book,...

Cooper: What Is Now Chattanooga State

Published Sep. 20 2015

Fifty years ago today, what was then called Chattanooga State Technical Institute -- now Chattanooga State Community College -- opened...

Cooper: GOP Field Narrowing

Published Sep. 18 2015

Though the first presidential primary is more than five and a half months away, Wednesday night's Republican debate seemed to...

Cooper: Enrollment drop at some four-year colleges proves Newton's third law of motion

Published Sep. 16 2015

Enrollment at some University of Tennessee and Tennessee Board of Regents schools is a little like Newton's third law of...

Cooper: Charge should not be levied to view public records

Published Sep. 16 2015

Sponsors of changes in a bill that stalled in the Tennessee legislature last winter would like you to pay to...

Cooper: NAACP report on Chattanooga forgets to mention personal responsibility

Published Sep. 15 2015

"The Unfinished Agenda," a report commissioned by the local NAACP on segregation and exclusion in Chattanooga, tells only a partial...

Eye on the left: Misjudging The Electorate

Published Sep. 14 2015

The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee said last week, in all seriousness, that "the left is the center of...

Cooper: Chattanooga Minimum-Wage Rise Negatives Would Outweigh The Positives

Published Sep. 13 2015

If you have a job, you'd like a raise, especially if you believe you deserve one. That's true whether you're...

Cooper: Democrats Now Own Iran Deal

Published Sep. 12 2015

While the U.S. Senate voted 98-1 in May to approve the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, it now seems clear...

Cooper: Lodge actions beg questions

Published Sep. 12 2015

With all that is known to date, it appears a proper progression of events forced the removal of more than...

Cooper: Discretionary Funding Year For Stadiums?

Published Sep. 11 2015

If Hamilton County commissioners are determined to keep their discretionary funds, and will go to the mat year after year...

Cooper: Tough Choices For Alabama Legislature

Published Sep. 11 2015

With metaphorical guns to their heads, the Republican-led Alabama House Ways and Means Committee approved a budget Wednesday that included...

Cooper: Highway funding need gains tractions

Published Sep. 11 2015

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam may not feel so much like the Maytag repairman now.

Cooper: Hillary Clinton's repeated email assertions don't make her seem very presidential

Published Sep. 9 2015

In the space of just a few lines over the long Labor Day weekend, Hillary Clinton demonstrated all voters need...

Cooper: Science and hurricanes an uneasy marriage

Published Sep. 9 2015

From time to time, scientists express incredulity as to why people don't fall in line with their global warming-cum-climate change...