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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

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...

Eye on the left: How Many Ill-Advised Tweets Equal One Brian Williams?

Published Sep. 7 2015

Gwen Ifill, the PBS NewsHour co-anchor, proved herself no different from other biased television national news readers last week when...

Cooper: Moccasin Bend park is on the way; move the firing range

Published Sep. 6 2015

The good news is the Moccasin Bend National Archaeological District will go forward -- even with an adjacent law enforcement...

Cooper: Rubio seeks generational edge

Published Sep. 5 2015

Major and minor ideological and issue differences separate the 17 major candidates running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, but...

Cooper: Hurley Didn't Fit Into Molds

Published Sep. 5 2015

Mai Bell Hurley was never one to fit into molds.

Cooper: Atherton's question in divorce case valid after court ruling

Published Sep. 4 2015

Hamilton County Chancellor Jeffrey Atherton isn't saying, but his recent order dismissing a local divorce petition for lack of subject...

Cooper: Iran Deal May Be Obama Legacy, but Legacies Not Always Positive

Published Sep. 4 2015

"President Barack Obama secured a legacy-defining victory," The Associated Press gushed Thursday, "as Senate Democrats clinched the necessary votes to...

Cooper: Paint in narrower strokes, sheriff

Published Sep. 2 2015

When Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond suggests other Tennessee sheriffs keep an eye on Islamic activity, most sheriffs — and...

Cooper: Political correctness: it's xem or us

Published Sep. 2 2015

The title of the late jurist Robert Bork's 1996 book "Slouching Towards Gomorrah" never seemed more apropos than with the...

Who will take responsibility for crumbling East Ridge stadium?

Published Sep. 1 2015

The holes in East Ridge High School's Raymond James Stadium didn't appear overnight, so somebody somewhere should explain why the...

Eye on the left: Dems say Bush 'Got It Right' On Katrina

Published Aug. 31 2015

Liberal Democratic operative Donna Brazile and liberal journalist Walter Isaacson admitted last week what many conservatives have known all along...

Free Press Opinion: Ashley Madison May Be Drop In Bucket Of Cyberterrorism

Published Aug. 30 2015

Let's face it. If United States government websites with the most sensitive of information are easily hacked, all of our...

Transportation fixes vital

Published Aug. 29 2015

Rush hour, the 5 p.m. time when most commuters leave their jobs for home, is now rush hours in Chattanooga.

Cooper: ACT test woes are part of national crisis

Published Aug. 28 2015

Five weeks ago, we learned Hamilton County public school students tested below average on state tests.

Schools Holding Onto Other Funds?

Published Aug. 28 2015

No one doubts the need for more and better innovation in Hamilton County Schools, but Superintendent Rick Smith's recent decision...

Biden candidacy would be formidable

Published Aug. 26 2015

Will he or won't he? It is the month of decision for Vice President Joe Biden.

Local rate hikes traceable to White House

Published Aug. 25 2015

With rate hikes announced by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and the Tennessee Valley Authority on Friday (when such bad news...

Eye on the Left: King's 'Can We All Get Along?' Not Being Taken To Heart

Published Aug. 24 2015

Someone's not taking to heart the plea of the late police violence victim Rodney King: "Can we all get along?"

Corker: U.S. Too Anxious For Deal

Published Aug. 23 2015

If U.S. Sen. Bob Corker had things to do over again, he wouldn't change the way he handled the last...

Include Test Score Results In Superintendent's Salary

Published Aug. 22 2015

In a rare show of courage Thursday night, some Hamilton County Board of Education members fell on their sword.

Opinion: Why Tennessee should spend $89 million on a new library

Published Aug. 21 2015

Nothing sounds sexier than a state library and archives.

Women's soccer match right on time for city

Published Aug. 21 2015

For years, people scoffed at the boosterism claim of soccer being the "fastest growing sport in America."