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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper: Newsprint tariffs block welcomed

Published Aug. 31 2018

Unlike recent presidents, President Donald Trump believes strategically used tariffs can have a more advantageous effect than unfettered free trade.

Cooper: Trump team trade triumph?

Published Aug. 29 2018

We're under no illusions that in the end every "t" will be crossed and every "i" dotted, but we must...

Cooper: Feds buying guns for schools? No!

Published Aug. 28 2018

It's only a proposal, and we hope it never gets any further.

Cooper: When McCain was spot on

Published Aug. 28 2018

The late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was a complicated man like the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., his former Senate...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: When real life intrudes

Published Aug. 27 2018

Democratic darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a candidate for the U.S. House from New York and an advocate of a much higher...

Cooper: Chinese keeping the faith

Published Aug. 26 2018

Religious freedom was written into the Chinese constitution in 1982, but in a communist country it is just a concept...

Cooper: Wrong for Clinton and Trump

Published Aug. 24 2018

In our view, President Donald Trump as much as admitted in a taped interview Thursday he'd had extra-marital affairs with...

Cooper: A win for Luka, but trouble ahead?

Published Aug. 22 2018

The details of the specific case of Chattanooga teenager Luka Hyde aside, we hope the student disability rights ruling Monday...

Cooper: Trump Iran strategy paying off

Published Aug. 21 2018

The results of President Donald Trump's reimposed sanctions on Iran show why the 2015 deal the Obama administration struck with...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Hoist with his own petard

Published Aug. 20 2018

Did he mean it then?

Cooper: School initiative still a good idea

Published Aug. 19 2018

When the Hamilton County Schools rolled out its Future Ready Institutes in March, the announcement came with disclaimers.

Cooper: This is who they are

Published Aug. 17 2018

"We're not going to make America great again. It was never that great." — Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Cooper: Making lodging taxes fairer

Published Aug. 17 2018

"I didn't know" will no longer be an excuse for local Airbnb owners.

Cooper: Former iZone schools improve

Published Aug. 17 2018

Just as the Hamilton County Schools as a whole improved substantially in year over year academic growth, according to 2017-2018...

Cooper: The president's injudicious language

Published Aug. 16 2018

The problem with Donald Trump being Donald Trump is the law of unintended consequences.

Cooper: Space force no laughing matter

Published Aug. 14 2018

The Trump administration announced earlier this month it wanted to establish a United States Space Force, a separate and distinct...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Face of Democrats showing wear

Published Aug. 13 2018

She's a college graduate?

Cooper: Medicare for all just doesn't add up

Published Aug. 12 2018

If you haven't seen or heard the acronym M4A, you will.

Cooper: Obama-era IRS scandal settled

Published Aug. 10 2018

Former President Barack Obama frequently likes to repeat the myth that his administration was devoid of scandal, but the repetition...

Cooper: Area students buck faith trend

Published Aug. 10 2018

Generation Z, which includes those students currently in high school, is the least Christian generation to date, according to a...

Cooper: Magistrates all signed agreements

Published Aug. 10 2018

This week's Hamilton County magistrate overpayment kerfuffle reminds us of the title of a middling 1960s comedy film, "Who's Minding...


Cooper: Bredesen deceptive out of the box

Published Aug. 8 2018

Well, that didn't take long.

Cooper: Is 'Q' the Tea Party of 2018?

Published Aug. 7 2018

Remember the tea party?