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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Criminal penalties for road blockers

Published Nov. 21 2016

An Iowa Republican state legislator has introduced a bill that would levy fines on state universities that fund counseling services...

Cooper: Tennessee Promise second-year data likely to be impressive

Published Nov. 20 2016

What percentage of students returning for their second year at Tennessee community colleges through the Tennessee Promise program would make...

Cooper: Replacing Obamacare? It's complicated

Published Nov. 19 2016

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., told the Chattanooga Rotary Club last week he expects Obamacare to be repealed next year,...


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Cooper: School board pick should be public

Published Nov. 18 2016

Where Hamilton County Commission business is concerned, we believe the more transparent the better.

Cooper: Corker a better fit at State

Published Nov. 18 2016

President-elect Donald Trump hasn't asked us, and he won't, but we much prefer the choice of U.S. Sen. Bob Corker,...

Cooper: Site approval is a good sign for Chattanooga Veterans Clinic

Published Nov. 16 2016

A year and a half ago, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann said progress on a new site for the Chattanooga Veterans...

Cooper: TVA operating in sweet spot

Published Nov. 16 2016

Since the Tennessee Valley Authority earned its highest ever net income for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, we...

Cooper: Trump's rehetoric vs. his actions

Published Nov. 15 2016

The national punditry is agog with breathless reports that President-elect Donald Trump is backing down on some of his campaign...

Cooper's eye on the left: Celebrities now not leaving

Published Nov. 14 2016

Those celebrities who promised they'd leave the country if Donald Trump was elected president now say they didn't mean it.

Cooper: Fall of the House of Hillary

Published Nov. 13 2016

If you're still wondering how Donald Trump pulled an inside straight and won the 2016 presidential election over Hillary Clinton,...

Cooper: The country's forgotten

Published Nov. 11 2016

Today, President Barack Obama is likely to make a proclamation about Veterans Day or visit Arlington National Cemetery to honor...

Cooper: Putting the shine back on U.S.

Published Nov. 10 2016

Believe it or not, winning the election may not be the biggest challenge for Republican Donald J. Trump.

Cooper: GOP likely to retain Congress

Published Nov. 9 2016

Republican Donald Trump at press time Tuesday would need to run the table to become the 45th president of the...

The Free Press recommends these candidates

Published Nov. 8 2016

In today's election, among contested national, state and Hamilton County races, the Chattanooga Free Press editorial page endorses:

Cooper: Boys' charter school a good move

Published Nov. 8 2016

For many parents in Chattanooga's most struggling neighborhoods, the announcement of the creation of an all-boys Chattanooga Prep School is...

Cooper: Your country depends on you

Published Nov. 6 2016

It's time to buckle our seat belts and prepare for the next four years of a president at least half...

Cooper: States not on same page during early voting

Published Nov. 5 2016

A record-breaking 1,675,679 people voted early in Tennessee, Secretary of State Tre Hargett announced Friday, eclipsing by nearly 1 million...

Cooper: Odd bedfellows in commission race

Published Nov. 5 2016

Nearly $40,000 in campaign contributions have been made in the last four months to two men seeking a County Commission...

Cooper: Kirk Kelly referendum is set

Published Nov. 4 2016

Well, that didn't take long. As we speculated last week, Hamilton County Board of Education members will vote on Nov....

Cooper: Democratic supporters not 'going high'

Published Nov. 4 2016

Local Democratic Party supporters appear to have forgotten first lady Michelle Obama's admonition to go high in their campaigns.

Cooper: Things are good but could be better is the takeaway from city survey

Published Nov. 2 2016

When people don't like what data shows, they criticize the methodology in compiling the data.


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Cooper: Clinton can only blame herself

Published Nov. 1 2016

In early July, Democrats were full of praise for FBI Director James Comey, who found no reason to charge presidential...

Cooper's eye on the left: Clinton's wasteful spending spree

Published Oct. 31 2016

By now, most voters in the country know Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton could list very few foreign policy accomplishments...