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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper: It didn't start with Cronkite

Published Apr. 21 2019

In Mayor Andy Berke's "State of the City" address Thursday night, he referenced the 1969 mention by legendary CBS broadcaster...

Cooper: Berke and the big issues

Published Apr. 20 2019

All Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke wants to do this year is tackle climate change, homelessness, economic mobility and school safety....

Cooper: It's over, but it's not over

Published Apr. 19 2019

Although President Donald Trump repeated the words "no collusion, no obstruction" again Thursday following the release of a special counsel's...

Cooper: War monuments looking for a home

Published Apr. 17 2019

Final plans for the renovation of Patten Parkway were unveiled Monday night, but they did not include any specific plans...

Cooper: Educational savings account proposal needs compromise

Published Apr. 16 2019

We would like to believe there is still time for compromise on Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's bold educational savings account...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Clueless In Washington

Published Apr. 15 2019

Let this sink in. U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, had bank executives before...

Cooper: Ensuring election security

Published Apr. 14 2019

Democrats across the country try every trick in the book to elect more of their own to office.

Cooper: Updating the Higher Education Act

Published Apr. 13 2019

The Higher Education Act originally was signed as part of President Lyndon Johnson's Great Society agenda in 1965.

Cooper: Gun violence affects all of us

Published Apr. 12 2019

A community forum on the effects of gun violence in Chattanooga won't keep someone who desperately wants a gun from...

Cooper: I want it my way - and now

Published Apr. 10 2019

Give-us-what-we-want-when-we-want-it attitudes are often found on a toddler's playground but don't belong in hearing rooms of the U.S. Capitol and...

Cooper: Hands-on Biden has other issues

Published Apr. 9 2019

As former Vice President Joe Biden continues his touching apology tour and apparently nears an announcement that he'll run for...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Stacey Abrams' career choices

Published Apr. 8 2019

Apparently, 2018 Georgia governor's race loser Stacey Abrams wants to be taken seriously as a candidate for other offices, but...


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Cooper: Pondering the last straw

Published Apr. 7 2019

"I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening? Plastics."

Cooper: Democrats bowing at Sharpton altar

Published Apr. 6 2019

Just over a decade ago, Al Sharpton was poison.

Cooper: Giving tax increases more time

Published Apr. 5 2019

When Hamilton County Commissioner Tim Boyd tried to introduce a resolution in October 2017 that would mandate two votes before...

Cooper: Chick-fil-A-ing The First Amendment

Published Apr. 3 2019

Every time the Chick-fil-A fast-food chain is subject to a false discrimination claim, the line around the individual restaurants for...

Cooper: Shattuck, Webb and promises

Published Apr. 2 2019

It was no surprise General Sessions Judge Clarence Shattuck's courtroom was a beehive of activity Friday.

Cooper: Watching for the gym rush

Published Apr. 2 2019

What's $6 million or $12 million or $18 million when considering Tennessee's overall fiscal 2020 budget of $38.6 billion?

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Does he wear a red hat?

Published Apr. 1 2019

Intolerant some?

Cooper: Light in sewer problem tunnel?

Published Mar. 31 2019

One of the most vexing infrastructure issues involving Hamilton County in many years appears nowhere near being solved.

Cooper: Trump's health care timing

Published Mar. 29 2019

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), like it or not, is a law that has provided health care coverage for millions...

Cooper: Lee's both/and education plans

Published Mar. 27 2019

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee told the story when he first visited the Times Free Press two years ago, and he...

Cooper: Mueller report? What Mueller report?

Published Mar. 26 2019

The special counsel's report on whether Donald Trump attempted to collude with Russia in the 2016 presidential election concluded in...