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Opinion - Free Press Editorials

Cooper: What do Hamilton County schools do for encore?

Published Aug. 17 2019

Perhaps lost in the deserved hoopla surrounding the Hamilton County Schools' celebration of the district's achievement of the highest possible...

Cooper: The Ferguson lie - five years later

Published Aug. 14 2019

Five years ago last week, a false scenario was created that has permeated the way many people look at police...

Cooper: On race, learn; don't demean

Published Aug. 13 2019

Much has been made of a presentation to Hamilton County Opportunity Zone teachers late last month by motivational speaker, author...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: That's easy for you to say

Published Aug. 12 2019

Former Vice President Joe Biden has always had the reputation of being gaffe-prone, but his status as President Barack Obama's...

Cooper: On guns, what can be done?

Published Aug. 11 2019

Conservative Americans no less than liberal Americans want to see the end of mass shootings in this country.

Cooper: Good ol' days could be today

Published Aug. 10 2019

Americans of a certain age today wouldn't be blamed if their minds wandered back to a more civil time. If...

Cooper: Are you a Christian nationalist?

Published Aug. 9 2019

Are you now or have you ever been a Christian nationalist?

Cooper: Threatening community prayer

Published Aug. 7 2019

When parents send their children to school these days, they not surprisingly feel a little helpless.

Cooper: It's up to us to change culture

Published Aug. 6 2019

Unfortunately, as was proven over the weekend, hate has no political home.

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Biden's accomplishments? Well ...

Published Aug. 5 2019

Former Vice President Joe Biden doesn't have a commanding lead in the polls for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination for...

Cooper: Nixon's guaranteed income plan

Published Aug. 4 2019

Fifty years ago this week, President Richard Nixon announced to the nation a sweeping new welfare reform plan that would...

Cooper: Ranked choice not best choice

Published Aug. 3 2019

A statewide organization dedicated to democracy reform presented a demonstration of a different type of voting system to interested residents...

Cooper: Democratic rift widens

Published Aug. 2 2019

Between the first and second round of Democratic presidential primary debates this summer, some of the nearly two dozen candidates...

Cooper: Playground feuds don't help cities

Published Jul. 31 2019

He started it. No, he started it.

Cooper: If BID fails, expand process

Published Jul. 30 2019

Since five Chattanooga City Council members voted on first reading to create a downtown central business improvement district (BID), Tuesday's...

Cooper: RBG pooh-poohs packing plan

Published Jul. 29 2019

United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the longest-serving far-left jurist on the court, is not having any of...

Cooper: The Hall of Famer's sins

Published Jul. 28 2019

Remember the good ol' days when the dish on wayward Major League Baseball players involved their tying one on at...

Cooper: Heading over fiscal cliff

Published Jul. 27 2019

The headlines tell us a bipartisan debt and budget bill has been passed in the U.S. House.

Cooper: Schools plan a lot to swallow

Published Jul. 26 2019

Putting the Hamilton County Department of Education's preliminary 10-year master plan before the public Tuesday was risky, but it was...

Cooper: When the rubber meets the road

Published Jul. 24 2019

At least three 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have learned in recent days that it's one thing to promise pie in...

Cooper: Nominate Rep. Mike Carter for speaker of Tennessee House

Published Jul. 23 2019

Election Day is not normally in the third full week of July, but Wednesday will be an Election Day of...

Cooper's Eye on the Left: Beto's slavery bet

Published Jul. 22 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke made a calculated political move last week, revealing he and his wife descended...

Cooper: Bill ends vicious driver cycle

Published Jul. 21 2019

The scenarios had become vicious cycles for all too many Tennessee drivers.