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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper: Obama's ranking among presidents

Published Feb. 26 2017

Barack Obama recently was ranked the 12th best president in United States history.

Cooper: For Chattanooga 2.0, journey continues

Published Feb. 25 2017

The public may not have heard much from the Chattanooga 2.0 movement in the last several months, but that doesn't...

Cooper: Rezoning a touchy subject

Published Feb. 24 2017

No school wants to lose its identity, but Hamilton County Commissioner Joe Graham's recent suggestion about merging underutilized schools makes...


Cooper: Riding the business Trump train

Published Feb. 22 2017

We don't pretend to know what the presidential administration of Donald Trump will look like after four years, but we...

Cooper: She never wanted to be 'Roe'

Published Feb. 21 2017

The most important aspect of Norma McCorvey's life was never going to be the most consequential.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Travel ban hoaxes rise

Published Feb. 20 2017

Temporary lies?

Cooper: Telling teens, 'you matter'

Published Feb. 19 2017

If there is a suicide involving a student who attends a Chattanooga area high school, as there have been at...

Cooper: Trump not a tame wallflower

Published Feb. 18 2017

If members of the Washington press corps didn't understand why Donald Trump was elected president last November, they may have...

Cooper: Build new Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts

Published Feb. 17 2017

The list of new school construction projects and deferred maintenance projects that was expected to be put in the hands...

Cooper: Standing against welfare fraud

Published Feb. 17 2017

What Tennessee lawmaker would not like to see the state government recoup $123 million in fraudulent welfare payments?

Cooper: Straw men and priority schools

Published Feb. 15 2017

The time bomb is ticking, and the clock is counting down.

Cooper: Tennessee senators consider Trump, the art of the deal

Published Feb. 14 2017

Tennessee's two United States senators find themselves in a particular public pickle. Do they, as influential committee leaders, warmly embrace...


Cooper's Eye on the Left: 'President deserves his choices'

Published Feb. 13 2017

Not that it matters to him or other Democrats, but Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer only four years ago spoke...

Chattanooga Free Press endorsements and what you need to know for election day

Published Feb. 12 2017

Endorsements, key election dates, early voting, voting locations and more...

Cooper: Chattanooga could make education pledge

Published Feb. 11 2017

It would be delightful for the Hamilton County Department of Education and its funding arm, the Hamilton County Commission, if...

Chattanooga Free Press endorses Andy Berke for second term

Published Feb. 10 2017

The Chattanooga mayoral leadership of Andy Berke has been a mixed bag, and we hoped a strong conservative candidate would...

Chattanooga Free Press endorses Anthony Byrd in District 8

Published Feb. 9 2017

Moses Freeman is the third Chattanooga city councilman in three terms to represent residents of the city's District 8 (after...

Chattanooga Free Press endorses John Kerns for leadership in District 9

Published Feb. 9 2017

As in District 8, we have sensed from residents in District 9 a frustration with the status quo, the feeling...

Cooper: Keep Russell Gilbert in District 5

Published Feb. 8 2017

Chattanooga City Councilman Russell Gilbert is a glass-half-full kind of guy, and for that he is unapologetic.

Cooper: Chris Anderson deserves nod in District 7

Published Feb. 8 2017

We have had our differences with outspoken Chattanooga City Councilman Chris Anderson and are certain we'll never agree with him...

Cooper: Henderson favored in Chattanooga's District 1

Published Feb. 7 2017

Chip Henderson was one of seven new Chattanooga City Council members elected in 2013.

Cooper: Keep Jerry Mitchell for Chattanooga's District 2 seat

Published Feb. 7 2017

We believe residents in Chattanooga's District 2 have enjoyed sound, pragmatic leadership from first-term Councilman Jerry Mitchell in the last...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Senator exposes court protest

Published Feb. 6 2017

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, revealed the left for the hypocrites many are when he photographed the fill-in-the-blank signs many liberal...