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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper: Lee best choice for Tennessee governor

Published Oct. 17 2018

Republican Bill Lee is hoping to do something no Tennessean has accomplished in nearly 60 years — be elected governor...

Cooper: Blackburn will be reliable vote

Published Oct. 17 2018

We wish the race to replace Bob Corker as United States senator hadn't come to this. Indeed, we wish Corker...

Cooper: Give U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann a fifth term

Published Oct. 17 2018

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., told the Times Free Press in June he originally ran for Congress in 2010 because...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Bredesen's didn't-mean-it statement

Published Oct. 15 2018

Tennessee senatorial candidate Phil Bredesen's recent limp statement of support for the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh...

Cooper: Creating the best 2040 Chattanooga

Published Oct. 14 2018

In the early 1980s, Chattanooga's only vision was to stay afloat.

Cooper: The Democrats' closed rural hospitals obfuscation

Published Oct. 13 2018

Sometimes the number is 13, sometimes 12. Occasionally, the count is pegged a little lower by Democratic candidates for state...

Cooper: The Clintons on the road again

Published Oct. 12 2018

Alas, no one is calling it "The Farewell Tour."

Cooper: Looking beyond graduation rates

Published Oct. 10 2018

For a student or a parent, nothing quite beats a high school graduation ceremony.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Columbus, they hardly knew ye

Published Oct. 8 2018

Today is Columbus Day, but many people only know what they've been fed in college or leftist media about the...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Obama lost Michigan

Published Oct. 1 2018

For the first year after Democrat Hillary Clinton lost her bid for the presidency in 2016, she cited myriad reasons...

Cooper: Our financially healthy state

Published Sep. 30 2018

Tennessee has the only surplus per individual state taxpayer of any state in the eastern portion of the United States,...

Cooper: The prisoner of accusation

Published Sep. 28 2018

Occasionally, we all come across a feel-good story in which an individual charged, convicted and imprisoned for a crime is...

Cooper: When nothing becomes fact

Published Sep. 28 2018

We don't know Soddy-Daisy High School athletic director Jared Hensley, so we can't characterize his motivation for making the comments...

Cooper: Ignore papaya month and register to vote

Published Sep. 26 2018

Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day. Are you registered? You should be.

Cooper: Moving beyond 'satisfactory'

Published Sep. 25 2018

"We are satisfactory!"

Cooper's Eye on the Left: She Trumped herself

Published Sep. 24 2018

Such incidents are hardly shocking anymore in this era of Trump Derangement Syndrome, but we still are amazed that they...

Cooper: Then and now, Tennessee a key

Published Sep. 23 2018

Fifty years ago this week, just as it is this year, Tennessee was seen as a key state in national...

Cooper: Bredesen DNA spilling out

Published Sep. 21 2018

Each week that passes, old statements surface or new comments are made proving Democrat Phil Bredesen — no matter what...

Cooper: Lloyd was mix of grit, grace

Published Sep. 21 2018

During the two decades Marilyn Lloyd served in Congress, Tennessee's 3rd District was Republican territory and becoming more so.

Cooper: Thrive helping county thrive

Published Sep. 21 2018

A nonprofit 16-county, three-state partnership that seeks regional answers to transportation, conservation and economic development issues, it seems to us,...

Cooper: Just blame it on climate change

Published Sep. 19 2018

You hear it now every time a hurricane makes landfall on the United States mainland. The hurricane, a climate alarmist...

Cooper: Weigh accusation in context

Published Sep. 18 2018

No one serving in the United States Senate now, or ever, will know whether then-high school student Brett Kavanaugh attempted...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Moderates? Who needs moderates?

Published Sep. 17 2018

Former President Jimmy Carter had a little advice for his fellow Democrats in the last two months before the mid-term...