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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper: Counting the pork and bacon

Published Jul. 22 2016

As ever in politics, one person's pork is another person's crispy, delectable bacon.

Cooper: Iran deal fallout continues

Published Jul. 20 2016

The Obama administration naturally is playing down the contents of a secret document that is part of last year's nuclear...

Cooper: Serial sexual harassment must end

Published Jul. 20 2016

The breadth and depth of alleged sexually harassing behavior by state Rep. Jeremy Durham should never be tolerated again in...


Cooper: Pence a sound, smart pick

Published Jul. 19 2016

The most salient point about Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is that he has both gubernatorial and congressional experience.

Cooper: Violence In South Sudan

Published Jul. 19 2016

A report of violence in South Sudan, a 5-year-old country in Southeast Africa, means little to most Americans unless they...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Sen. Claire McCaskill says Founding Fathers were 'a little maniacal'

Published Jul. 18 2016

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill fits perfectly in the current presidential administration's and Democratic Party's disdain for the Founding Fathers.

Cooper: Nixon still haunting the court?

Published Jul. 17 2016

The ghost of Republican Richard Nixon may be haunting the halls of federal buildings in Washington, D.C.

Cooper: Turning hate into love

Published Jul. 16 2016

They were five members of the United States armed services we would probably never know. Now, although we'll never meet...

Cooper: School board needs big donors to stay involved

Published Jul. 15 2016

It would be easy to lampoon the rich, the wise and the well-born who have decided to contribute big bucks...

Chattanooga Free Press announces endorsement for 3rd District House seat

Published Jul. 14 2016

Third District Congressman Chuck Fleischmann believes he has finally turned the corner with his constituents in his expansive, 11-county district,...

Chattanooga Free Press announces endorsement for District 10 Senate seat

Published Jul. 13 2016

Longtime Republican activist Todd Gardenhire eked out a win in the 2012 Republican Senate primary over Greg Vital, then had...

Chattanooga Free Press announces endorsements for state House Districts 28 and 29

Published Jul. 12 2016

In the 2014 elections, incumbents in the Hamilton County legislative delegation got a free ride. Neither Republicans nor the one...

Chattanooga Free Press announces endorsement for Hamilton County assessor of property

Published Jul. 11 2016

An issue out of the hands of the Hamilton County assessor of property has become the main issue in the...

Chattanooga Free Press announces Hamilton County Board of Education endorsements

Published Jul. 10 2016

In an election year when outsiders nationally have made big splashes and when many voters have said they wanted to...

Cooper: Please spare the tired rhetoric

Published Jul. 9 2016

Not with this shooting. Surely, he wouldn't go there. Not with five policemen, who were trying to help facilitate a...

Cooper: Predictable end to Clinton saga

Published Jul. 7 2016

You could feel it coming. You just weren't sure when.

Cooper: Corker could fit another role

Published Jul. 7 2016

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump could imagine Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., as a possible running mate, but Corker evidently...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: School district must change policies to give Christians equal access

Published Jul. 5 2016

An Ohio federal district court ruled last week that the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) had to stop discriminating against...

Cooper: Now VW can move forward

Published Jul. 3 2016

Chattanoogans who own Volkswagens affected by the manufacturer's diesel cheating scandal likely have bitter feelings about the sordid mess, but...

Cooper: July 16 picture not complete despite new information

Published Jul. 2 2016

Less than a month before the one-year of the anniversary of the Chattanooga terrorist attack that took the lives of...

Cooper: Transgender military questions abound

Published Jul. 2 2016

Transgender people are the latest to be welcomed by the U.S. military and social action agency.

Cooper: Clinton and Benghazi

Published Jul. 1 2016

Democrats have been crowing this week that the House investigation of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the United States...

Cooper: Summitt's influence on women's basketball unmatched

Published Jun. 29 2016

When being the winningest coach in the history of major college basketball is only secondary to your impact on the...