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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper: Local decisions best on bathrooms

Published Mar. 4 2017

We believe Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen took the right stance in a memo she sent to school directors this...

Cooper: Little to fear for law abiders

Published Mar. 4 2017

The Chattanooga Police Department has better things to do than round up illegal immigrants, but that shouldn't keep those who...

Cooper: A recklessly spending visitors bureau or much ado about nothing?

Published Mar. 3 2017

We hope County Commissioner Tim Boyd, state Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, and state Rep. JoAnne Favors, D-Chattanooga, take the treasurer...

Cooper: Models of inspiration

Published Mar. 1 2017

Inspiration is often where you find it, and students at several Hamilton County schools didn't have to look far to...

Cooper: Vote your Chattanooga future

Published Feb. 28 2017

The mayor of Chattanooga and nine city council members will make more decisions affecting local residents than Donald Trump, Lamar...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Intolerance of left widening

Published Feb. 27 2017

CNN's Chris Cuomo put his foot in his mouth over the gender bathroom issue last week, and he may never...

Cooper: Obama's ranking among presidents

Published Feb. 26 2017

Barack Obama recently was ranked the 12th best president in United States history.

Cooper: For Chattanooga 2.0, journey continues

Published Feb. 25 2017

The public may not have heard much from the Chattanooga 2.0 movement in the last several months, but that doesn't...

Cooper: Rezoning a touchy subject

Published Feb. 24 2017

No school wants to lose its identity, but Hamilton County Commissioner Joe Graham's recent suggestion about merging underutilized schools makes...

Cooper: Riding the business Trump train

Published Feb. 22 2017

We don't pretend to know what the presidential administration of Donald Trump will look like after four years, but we...

Cooper: She never wanted to be 'Roe'

Published Feb. 21 2017

The most important aspect of Norma McCorvey's life was never going to be the most consequential.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Travel ban hoaxes rise

Published Feb. 20 2017

Temporary lies?

Cooper: Telling teens, 'you matter'

Published Feb. 19 2017

If there is a suicide involving a student who attends a Chattanooga area high school, as there have been at...

Cooper: Trump not a tame wallflower

Published Feb. 18 2017

If members of the Washington press corps didn't understand why Donald Trump was elected president last November, they may have...

Cooper: Build new Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts

Published Feb. 17 2017

The list of new school construction projects and deferred maintenance projects that was expected to be put in the hands...

Cooper: Standing against welfare fraud

Published Feb. 17 2017

What Tennessee lawmaker would not like to see the state government recoup $123 million in fraudulent welfare payments?

Cooper: Straw men and priority schools

Published Feb. 15 2017

The time bomb is ticking, and the clock is counting down.

Cooper: Tennessee senators consider Trump, the art of the deal

Published Feb. 14 2017

Tennessee's two United States senators find themselves in a particular public pickle. Do they, as influential committee leaders, warmly embrace...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: 'President deserves his choices'

Published Feb. 13 2017

Not that it matters to him or other Democrats, but Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer only four years ago spoke...

Chattanooga Free Press endorsements and what you need to know for election day

Published Feb. 12 2017

Endorsements, key election dates, early voting, voting locations and more...

Cooper: Chattanooga could make education pledge

Published Feb. 11 2017

It would be delightful for the Hamilton County Department of Education and its funding arm, the Hamilton County Commission, if...

Chattanooga Free Press endorses Andy Berke for second term

Published Feb. 10 2017

The Chattanooga mayoral leadership of Andy Berke has been a mixed bag, and we hoped a strong conservative candidate would...

Chattanooga Free Press endorses Anthony Byrd in District 8

Published Feb. 9 2017

Moses Freeman is the third Chattanooga city councilman in three terms to represent residents of the city's District 8 (after...