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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper's Eye on the Left: New York Times still trying to blame Sarah Palin

Published Jun. 19 2017

Six years ago, left-wing media quickly leaped to the conclusion that comments by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had somehow...

Cooper: The challenge for Bryan Johnson

Published Jun. 17 2017

The hiring of Dr. Bryan Johnson to be the superintendent of Hamilton County Schools won't turn around one test score....

Cooper: Something for Russia, Iran, Trump

Published Jun. 16 2017

United States senators sent Russia a message Wednesday with a nearly unanimous, bipartisan vote on a set of sanctions as...

Cooper: Watching Hamilton County Commission dollars

Published Jun. 16 2017

It's no secret Hamilton County Commissioner Tim Boyd has not seen eye to eye with the operation of the Chattanooga...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Kerry's climate comparison

Published Jun. 12 2017

Former Secretary of State John Kerry, the man who negotiated the United States into the flawed Paris climate agreement, apparently...

Cooper: Preserving the Civil War

Published Jun. 11 2017

Attendees of the Civil War Trust's annual conference — which was held in Chattanooga last week and ends today —...

OPINION: Are our schools happy with status quo?

Published Jun. 10 2017

It's come down to this. Next Thursday, Hamilton County Board of Education members are expected to give an up-or-down vote...

Cooper: Budget heroes in short supply

Published Jun. 9 2017

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger sounds as if he is, to use the title of a 1984 Bonnie Tyler song,...

Cooper: First ... get a million dollars

Published Jun. 7 2017

Comedian Steve Martin, in his white-suited, "wild and crazy guy" stand-up years, had a routine that seemed never to get...

Cooper: Interstate help is on the way

Published Jun. 6 2017

One doesn't have to live north of the Interstate 75-Interstate 24 interchange in Tennessee or south of it in Georgia...

Cooper: Another start of something big in Chattanooga?

Published Jun. 6 2017

Remember when the Tennessee Aquarium was the start of something big?

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Hillary still spreading blame

Published Jun. 5 2017

Even more reasons

Cooper: Schools and deja vu

Published Jun. 4 2017

Like any president's budget sent to Congress, Hamilton County Board of Education members and Hamilton County Schools administrators may declare...

Cooper: Obamacare still taking its toll

Published Jun. 3 2017

It wasn't exactly worthy of "you can keep your doctor," "you can keep your health care plan" or "your premiums...

Cooper: Moving forward after Paris

Published Jun. 2 2017

By now we've all learned President Donald Trump is going to follow his instincts.

Cooper: A death knell for micro-unions?

Published May. 31 2017

With the Obama administration now more than four months in the rearview mirror, it's easy for the average person to...

Cooper: A thoughtful Democrat?

Published May. 29 2017

A Democratic senator up for re-election in a red state in 2018 sounded like reasonable senators used to in talking...

Cooper: Memorial Day and WWI

Published May. 28 2017

One hundred years ago last month, the United States entered what we know today as World War I.

Cooper: School board's whirlwind finale

Published May. 27 2017

After nearly 15 months of being without a permanent superintendent of schools, the Hamilton County Board of Education on Thursday...

Cooper: Selecting the next police chief

Published May. 26 2017

The city of Chattanooga says it wants your input about its next police chief.

Cooper: Trump should go to the people with budget

Published May. 24 2017

If the Trump administration is to be believed, the president's budgeteers created the country's fiscal 2018 blueprint by considering whether...

Cooper: Commissioner Fields doing what he promised

Published May. 23 2017

Hamilton County Commissioner Jim Fields will not be running for a third term in 2018, a pledge he says he...

Cooper: School district's continued communication problem

Published May. 23 2017

A paper trail of public records indicates the Hamilton County Board of Education and Hamilton County Department of Education have...