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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper: Aligning stormwater runoff regulations with state

Published Nov. 7 2017

The city of Chattanooga wants to align its stormwater runoff regulations with those of the state. We believe it should.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: War on history rages

Published Nov. 6 2017

We warned it would likely come to this, and now it has.

Cooper: 'Dunkirk,' Medal of Honor Center have fitting ties

Published Nov. 5 2017

Despite often introspective Americans' thoughts to the contrary, World War II did not begin when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor...


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Cooper: Commissioners, is public discussion bad?

Published Nov. 3 2017

If a majority of Hamilton County commissioners don't believe it's good business to take two votes on measures as important...

Cooper: Tax bill deserves truth, not spin

Published Nov. 3 2017

We don't know how the Republicans' newly minted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will fare in Congress, but we know...

Cooper: Increasing policy by judges alarming

Published Nov. 1 2017

America, we have a problem, an insidious one.

Cooper: Mueller's smoke, lack of fire

Published Oct. 31 2017

On Monday, Democrats and left-leaning members of the national media were falling all over themselves, breathlessly suggesting that indictments of...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Not NSYNC with Timberlake

Published Oct. 30 2017

Justin Timberlake's halftime brouhah.

Cooper: Reformation still impactful today

Published Oct. 29 2017

It's been called one of the most profound religious, political, cultural and intellectual movements of the second millennium.

Cooper: Can freedom keep us together?

Published Oct. 28 2017

If the 2016 presidential election just short of a year ago didn't convince us, a new Pew Research Center political...

Cooper: Alexander's bridge bill is worthy

Published Oct. 27 2017

For those people who are sure President Donald Trump would never want or sign anything short of complete repeal of...

Cooper: Trump, Corker feud - again

Published Oct. 25 2017

Tennessee Republicans increasingly are feeling in the middle of a feud between a president they overwhelmingly voted for and a...

Cooper: Boyd's 'extra time' has merits

Published Oct. 25 2017

Hamilton County Commissioner Tim Boyd wants some think-about-it time built into votes on county budgets and tax rates.

Cooper: Black's warning could bite her

Published Oct. 24 2017

Gubernatorial candidates across Tennessee today are filing away remarks U.S. Rep. Diane Black, R-Gallatin, recently made.

Cooper: Russian tentacles into Tennessee

Published Oct. 24 2017

The Russian influence in the 2016 election even reached into Tennessee.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Melania's body double latest slam

Published Oct. 23 2017

Liberal resistance to President Donald Trump has hit a weird new low.

Cooper: Dangerous course for Boy Scouts

Published Oct. 22 2017

With young children exposed to far too much sexualizing in today's world, the recent decision by Boy Scouts of America...

Cooper: Surprise! Here's your school plan

Published Oct. 21 2017

So much for transparency.

Cooper: State's Convention and Visitors Bureau audit results concerning

Published Oct. 20 2017

Although some officials made light Wednesday of the findings of a state audit that examined the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors...

Cooper: Standardized tests testing the state

Published Oct. 18 2017

We wish Tennessee's seeming ongoing problem with online standardized testing and scoring for public school students was an isolated problem....

Cooper: The forest and trees of outsourcing

Published Oct. 18 2017

As a businessman, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam knows what people in business know. One day, the state will have a...


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Cooper: West sees Trump as 'stopgap'

Published Oct. 17 2017

Conservatives may have the wind at their backs, author, pundit and former U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., said in a...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: The stain of Hillary Clinton's charity

Published Oct. 16 2017

You've got to admire Hillary Clinton for steadfastly being, well, Clintonian.