- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Deborah Simmons‘ ridiculous opinion that we shouldn’t spend money pursuing our rights but should instead use that money to fix D.C. streets shows Ms. Simmons just doesn’t get it (“Money for D.C. statehood not the right road,” Web, June 16). She writes, “I don’t know nothin’ about building roads, bridges and ramps.” Well, I got news for her: she also “don’t know nothin’” about democracy, civil rights or the 14th Amendment. These are the rights Thomas Jefferson said were self-evident to everyone — with the exception of Ms. Simmons, apparently. I wonder, if she had been in Montgomery, Ala., in 1953, would she have told Rosa Parks to sit down, shut up and worry about air conditioning the buses so everyone could enjoy the ride?

MICHAEL D. BROWN

Shadow senator for the District

Washington