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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper: We're slow learners about hard times

Published May. 29 2016

An Associated Press report last week said an astonishing two-thirds of Americans would have trouble paying one unexpected bill of...

Cooper: U.S. could learn a bit from Tennessee

Published May. 28 2016

If a state has a growing economy, improving fund balance and declining debt, it stands to reason more people are...

Cooper: Room for several Fields of Dreams?

Published May. 28 2016

What a delight it will be when children with physical and mental disabilities soon have their own Miracle Field at...

Cooper: Thanking ones who stand in the gap

Published May. 28 2016

We take them for granted daily, and when a dog is rescued from a storm drain, when a street thug...

Cooper: Truth a stranger for Clinton

Published May. 27 2016

It's getting harder to hide Hillary Clinton's dishonesty and duplicity under a blizzard of denials, blame-sharing and minimizing.

Cooper: It's not easy being in the middle

Published May. 25 2016

When you take certain positions, you leave yourself vulnerable to attacks by both sides.

Cooper: Signed bills will be seen again

Published May. 24 2016

It's safe to say Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam had concerns about each of the three new laws that took effect...

Cooper's eye on the left: Racist trees keep parks white

Published May. 23 2016

More black Americans don't visit national parks, according to an impeached former judge, because they associate them with lynchings. You...

Cooper: Cornerstone must avoid pitfalls

Published May. 21 2016

If the North Georgia community is fortunate, in 20 years Cornerstone Medical Center will be known only for the good...

Cooper: Stadium vote a truce signal?

Published May. 21 2016

A mention of the Hamilton County Schools' swollen fund balance by Hamilton County Commissioner Joe Graham at Tuesday's schools budget...

Cooper: Answers on school budget needed

Published May. 20 2016

A majority of Hamilton County commissioners said Tuesday they wouldn't support a tax increase — which may or may not...

Cooper: Carey V. Brown's eternal rewards must wait

Published May. 20 2016

We don't doubt Chattanooga businessman Carey V. Brown's sincerity when he stood before the heads of six Chattanooga nonprofits in...


Cooper: What's in a commencement speech?

Published May. 18 2016

If we had our choice of hearing graduation speeches delivered by the rich and famous this spring, we'd opt for...

Cooper: Leave bathroom decisions to states

Published May. 17 2016

The Obama administration has stepped once again into a place it doesn't belong — public school bathrooms.

Cooper's eye on the left: The next civil rights debate

Published May. 16 2016

I thee tree wed

Cooper: Corker would give Trump a boost

Published May. 15 2016

One day before Tennessee's presidential primary in March, Sen. Bob Corker didn't take the opportunity to do what so many...

Cooper: School board, public must work together

Published May. 14 2016

If ever there was a time for nine members of the Hamilton County Board of Education to confer with the...

Cooper: Whole lot of shaking going on

Published May. 13 2016

A new Barna survey shows you're not the only one shaking your head about the November election while talking with...

Cooper: Could tiny house opponents help?

Published May. 11 2016

The concerned citizens of Ooltewah who felt their property would be devalued and their children left unsafe with a small...

Cooper: Is Iran spin really a surprise?

Published May. 11 2016

For those who have paid attention, no one can be surprised that a wannabe fiction writer who now serves as...

Cooper: We have to kill eagles to preserve them, Obama administration says

Published May. 10 2016

The Obama administration's explanation last week of how it would conserve eagles by killing more of them sounds as if...

Cooper's eye on the left: Liberal host OK with Trump's wife

Published May. 9 2016

Hypocrisy, thy name is Matthews

Cooper: Wallen, police stand in the gap

Published May. 7 2016

They'll be sculpting a new name on the Law Enforcement Memorial on Market Street this year and will be honoring...