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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 dsimmons@washingtontimes.com.

 

Articles by Deborah Simmons

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (UPI)

D.C. mayor hopeful touts different goal

The top two rivals in the Democratic race for D.C. mayor are running full speed ahead on school reform as the summer heats up and the Sept. 14 primary draws nearer. Published July 8, 2010

Fenty boasts achievements as election nears

Know that old maxim an elephant never forgets? Well, Team Fenty doesn't want donkeys, independents and other prospective voters to forget either. Published July 5, 2010

D.C. Council set to tighten school-truancy standards

The D.C. Council is scheduled to vote June 29 on legislation that would tighten truancy requirements and quicken the pace at which child welfare and law enforcement authorities intervene on behalf of truant youths. Published June 24, 2010

Killing tests D.C. anti-gun mentality

The hustle and bustle along the District's Florida Avenue and its arteries Thursday morning betrayed what occurred less than 24 hours earlier when urban desperados shot a father and son. Published June 24, 2010

Vincent C. Gray

Gray's bid for mayor looks good early

The primary votes for mayor won't be tallied for another three months, but Democrats and D.C. workers are already casting favorable looks at Vincent Gray, Adrian Fenty's chief challenger in the race for mayor. Published June 14, 2010

SIMMONS: Back-door entry undoes welcome

America has a strong record of opening her arms to people in search of liberty and democracy, a place where all are free from religious persecution. Published June 10, 2010

SIMMONS: No free-agent status as a dad

Between now and Father's Day, we'll know whether Kobe Bryant lifted the Los Angeles Lakers to their 16th NBA title or whether the aging Boston Celtics added an 18th winner-take-all banner to the rafters of the Garden. In the interim, the yakety-yak about LeBron James' free-agent status is never-ending. Published June 3, 2010

**FILE** D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee. (The Washington Times)

D.C. teachers get raises, accept merit pay in pact

As their colleagues in New York City and suburban Washington face salary freezes, furloughs and layoffs, D.C. teachers on Wednesday approved a $140 million contract that grants them raises retroactive to 2007. Published June 2, 2010

Michelle A. Rhee

D.C. teachers' union OKs new contract

Members of the Washington Teachers Union approved a new contract Wednesday that both city and labor leaders called beneficial for schoolchildren and will include a voluntary merit-pay component and reduce the impact of tenure in teaching-firing decisions. Published June 2, 2010

** FILE ** An officer is under investigation for a possible neglect of Mayor Adrian Fenty's property. Two bikes were stolen from the mayor's residence June 3.

D.C. mayor cites 'emergency' to raise fees, fines

The cost of living, working and doing business in D.C. rose a little more Tuesday, after Mayor Adrian M. Fenty again reneged on his no-tax-increase pledge and implemented "emergency" executive orders that increase scores of fees for business permits and traffic fines to pay for his 2010 and 2011 spending plans. Published June 1, 2010

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray

D.C. lawmakers seek more cash to spend

While fiscal conservatism has been espoused on occasion by D.C. lawmakers, profligate spending has been the rule of thumb for occupants of City Hall. 2010 is shaping up to be more of the same as eight of the 13 members of the D.C. Council — all but one Democrats — face election battles. Published May 30, 2010

**FILE** Antonio Garcia restocks beverages at the Corner Market in Washington on May 22, 2010. (Associated Press)

Soda, sweet drinks tax passes in D.C.

D.C. lawmakers on Wednesday approved a controversial soda tax, trimmed funding for the H Street/Benning Road Northeast streetcar plan, funded a statehood initiative and approved legislation for a commuter tax Published May 26, 2010

D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. calls his proposal the District Tax Dollars Fairness Act of 2010. (The Washington Times)

Bill seeks financial lift from D.C. commuters

The D.C. Council is poised to take up a change to the city charter that would clear the way to impose a commuter tax on most city government workers — including teachers and principals, public safety personnel and administrative and blue-collar workers — who do not live in the city. Published May 24, 2010