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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper: Schools and responsibility

Published Mar. 4 2018

No one wants responsibility any more.

Cooper: Sizing up teachers for gun duty

Published Mar. 3 2018

President Donald Trump wasn't the first to suggest that teachers be armed against potential shooters, but he has made the...

Cooper: The private sector's gun steps

Published Mar. 2 2018

We've seen the private sector lead the way on the minimum wage. Now it's doing so on gun measures.


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Cooper: Delta, the NRA and the 'ick' factor

Published Mar. 1 2018

While there are legitimate arguments to be made both for and against Delta Airlines for announcing it is ending its...

Cooper: Corker's exit needn't change outcome

Published Feb. 28 2018

It will be two terms and out for Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., after all.

Cooper: Move smoking off school premises

Published Feb. 27 2018

Even in the 1973 Brownsville Station hit song "Smokin' in the Boys' Room," a lyric noted that "everybody knows that...

Cooper: Could old be new for room tax?

Published Feb. 27 2018

Members of local arts and cultural organizations may be hoping what's old is soon new again.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Democratic super funder's hypocrisy

Published Feb. 26 2018

Mammoth Democratic funder George Soros is quite clear about his climate change politics.

Cooper: A revitalized South Broad Street area

Published Feb. 25 2018

An artist's rendering of a transformed South Broad Street area of Chattanooga looks almost too good to be true.

Cooper: Leave sides to talk about guns

Published Feb. 24 2018

Moments after every recent mass shooting, a politician who has had a microphone shoved in his face by a reporter...

Cooper: If the state can compromise...

Published Feb. 23 2018

If the competing factions of grocery and liquor stores can compromise on a Tennessee bill that allows both to sell...

Cooper: Time to return to beautification

Published Feb. 23 2018

Historians have widely divergent opinions about the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson - specifically the effectiveness of his Great Society...


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Cooper: Billy Graham was a traveling warrior for God

Published Feb. 22 2018

The pre-eminent Christian evangelist of the 20th century was once told in Cleveland, Tenn., according to one story, that he...

Cooper: Superintendent Bryan Johnson's gamble

Published Feb. 21 2018

Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson would never call it a gamble, but he's betting that the money the Hamilton County Schools...

Cooper: Erlanger-UT agreement is needed

Published Feb. 20 2018

We can't see Kevin Spiegel's bottom line, and he's not showing it, but it seems inconceivable that an equitable way...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: The eye of the beholder

Published Feb. 19 2018

Former President Barack Obama's official portrait for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery was unveiled last week. Since then, the portrait...

Cooper: Are the kids all right?

Published Feb. 18 2018

Just when you thought you were beginning to understand millennials, along comes Generation Z.

Cooper: Why be afraid of work?

Published Feb. 17 2018

What have Democrats got against work?

Cooper: GOP, keep immigration an issue

Published Feb. 17 2018

If, as has been suggested, Thursday's Senate votes were the most likely opportunity this year for the Senate to pass...

Cooper: All-or-nothing rhetoric won't do

Published Feb. 16 2018

Where there is an intersection between a person with a potential mental illness and an automatic weapon, bad things happen....

Cooper: The humanity at Economy Inn

Published Feb. 16 2018

No one who had occasion to get near the Economy Inn on Brainerd Road would be surprised the extended-stay hotel...

Cooper: TVA a conversation starter?

Published Feb. 14 2018

The suggestion of selling the Tennessee Valley Authority or any of its assets makes about as much sense to most...

Cooper: And the swamp expands

Published Feb. 13 2018

Our Congress took the easy way out Friday. Spending even more money to continue government operations, money it didn't actually...