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Deborah Simmons

Deborah Simmons

Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of Maryland at College Park.

An occasional panelist on Roland Martin's “Washington Watch” and Denise Rolark Barnes' “Let's Talk” weekly news analysis cable-TV programs, Mrs. Simmons has also appeared on BET's “Lead Story,” “Real Time with Bill Maher” and Mr. Maher's “Politically Incorrect,” “America's Black Forum,” Fox News' “The O'Reilly Factor,” “The Right Side with Armstrong Williams,” C-SPAN's “Washington Journal,” and “This is America with Dennis Wholey.” She also has been a guest radio commentator on NPR, WAMU, WMAL and WOL.

Mrs. Simmons attended the University of the District of Columbia and Trinity College. She and her husband, who live in Washington, have four children and two grandchildren. Contact Mrs. Simmons at


Articles by Deborah Simmons

The D.C. safety net

Out of sight, out of mind. This is about the D.C. safety net. As best we know, little Relisha Rudd was last seen alive on March 1, 2014. She was seen in a surveillance videotape recorded in a hallway of the Holiday Inn Express off New York Ave. at the Northeast gateway to the city. Holding Relisha's hand is her suspected abductor, Kahlil Tatum, who later killed himself after her disappearance. No one reportedly has seen her since then. Published May 19, 2016

(Associated Press/File)

Privatize D.C. Metro?

Many of you do not know and do not remember that public transit used to be privately owned and operated. Published May 18, 2016

John A. Wilson Building (aka City Hall) in Washington, D.C.

City hall shortchanges charter school kids

The D.C. parents of an estimated 39,000 children exercised their right to choose which schools their children would attend this school year, and they chose public charter schools. In fact, there is only a 9,000-student difference. Published May 18, 2016

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser: Handmaiden of the week

Muriel Bowser is no Donald Trump, whose opinion pass his lips sometimes with nary a filtered thought. Neither is she Hillary Clinton, although like a loyal Democrat, she announced her endorsement of her party sister, as did the majority of D.C. lawmakers. We have a ways to go before we learn whether Miss Bowser's words will hit and stick, but she isn't having a great time as we head into midweek. Published May 17, 2016

Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore state's attorney, pauses while speaking during a media availability on May 1, 2015, in Baltimore. Mosby announced criminal charges against all six officers suspended after Freddie Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury while in police custody. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Questions worthy of answers

Dressing for success. Who's behind Door No. 1? The case of the death of Freddie Gray. Published May 16, 2016

Metro workers slam union, WMATA

"Yeah." That was Metro worker Sidney Davis' response when I asked if the transit agency is being sabotaged from within. Published May 12, 2016

In this photo taken March 12, 2015, passengers wait on the platform before boarding a train at the U Street Metro Station in Washington. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Tuesday, May 10, 2016, he seriously considered ordering a shutdown of the entire Washington Metro subway system last week and may still do that if local officials don't follow a Transportation Department safety directive. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Metro has spending problems

The taking of Metro one, two, three — minus the guns and thrill seekers. In today's real-life situation, we all are hostages. Published May 11, 2016

Rail Car No. 1200 was restored by a team of 20 craftsmen in Kentucky before it began its journey to the National Mall in Washington. (Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.)

Smithsonian African American museum opening nears

Sept. 24. Mark the date on your calendar. Tell Siri to remind you. Make travel and hotel accommodations plans. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is set to open its doors on Saturday, Sept. 24. Published May 10, 2016

Patrons crowd the L'Enfant Metro station in the early morning on inauguration day on the National Mall in Washington D.C., Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009.  (Allison Shelley / The Washington Times)

Metro has a culture problem

Sooooo! Metro and other regional leaders are slated to spill the beans Friday and explain to taxpayers how they plan to tackle the many problems derailing our major transit system. Published May 5, 2016

Tiny house innovation, tiny house blunders

The homeless. Veterans. Millennials and their parents. Seniors. People in need of assisted living. Boomers. Downsizers. Folks who simply can no longer afford McMansions. Folks who merely want small homes. Folks who have made up their minds not to be house-poor. Published May 4, 2016

Standardized testing, testing ... 1, 2, 3

NAEP tested seniors in 740 high schools, including private ones. In short: Fourth-graders aren't ready for middle school, middle schoolers aren't ready for high school, and high school seniors aren't ready for college or the workforce. Published May 2, 2016

Donated prom dresses hang for sale at a $20 prom dress sale at Huron High School, in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Friday, April 25, 2014. The annual Prom Dress Project offers dresses for girls at an affordable price. (AP Photo/The Ann Arbor News, Brianne Bowen)

Prom season 2016 is a costly proposal

Diane stood out like Cinderella. Her dress had a modest strapless bodice bathed in silver sequins and an off-white, floor-length rayon skirt kissed by crinoline of the same color. Published April 28, 2016

President Obama visits Mooresville Middle School in North Carolina. (Official White House Photo/File)

Mr. President, tear down that school voucher wall

President Obama does not like programs that allow public funds to be used for vouchers for school-age kids. He supports public funds for college-age students. He supports public funds for prison schooling and for returning citizens. He supports public funds for military basic training, where young men and women learn academic and managerial-type skills -- and partake in a physical education program -- that they never learned in K-12. Published April 26, 2016

FILE - in this  July 9, 2009 file photo, Councilman Marion Barry, former mayor of DC, speaks at a news conference about his recent arrest in Washington, DC.  Barry, who staged a comeback after a 1990 crack cocaine arrest, died early Sunday morning Nov. 23, 2014. He was 78. (AP Photo/Stephen J Boitano, File)

Summer jobs: A Marion Barry legacy

Every year about this time, my mind wanders to Marion Barry, the Democratic whiz kid who calculatingly took our national capital by storm during the height of the inner-city movement and molded it into an urban mecca. Published April 25, 2016

D.C. goes to pot

As you well know, the District stands among the many states and territories that have legalized pot, approved of its use as a medical drug and/or decriminalized it altogether. California stands as the first state to make one of those moves, and not to be outdone, D.C. is scheduled to stake its claim as host to the inaugural pot festival. Published April 21, 2016

A bill is before Congress to once again take up the issue of statehood for the District of Columbia. (Nancy Pastor/The Washington Times) **FILE**

Another D.C. statehood 'push'

Here we go again. It seems as though every time there's a change of the guardians at the gates of D.C. governance, elected leaders make a renewed "push" for statehood. Published April 20, 2016