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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

A line of early voters wait in queue at the Franklin County Board of Elections, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. Heavy turnout has caused long lines as voters take advantage of their last opportunity to vote before election day. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Election Day: Three things to watch for

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have claimed their respective New York City corners for Election Night: Team Clinton will be tended to at the Javits Center, while Team Trump towers at the Hilton. Published November 7, 2016

In the DMV elections, D.C. goes to pot again

Maryland and Virginia have weighty down-ticket races. In the State of Maryland, Republican Delegate Kathy Szeliga is riding on a wing and saying a prayer in hopes of keeping Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen out of retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski's seat. In a similar round of musical chairs, former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is trying to plop into the seat of Rep. Donna Edwards, who lost her Senate bid to Mr. Van Hollen in the Democratic primary. Published November 3, 2016

An appeal to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan

Dear Gov. Larry Hogan, I'm appealing to you on behalf of taxpayers who are not necessarily mass transit-dependent yet are hopeful that you will continue to hold tight the reins on public coffers, especially those under the purview of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), or more commonly called Metro. Published October 31, 2016

Black millennials close digital divide

They are the 18- to 34-year-old voters who could propel Hillary or Donald into the White House, as they did Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. They are also leaders. That is to say, Wall Street and its followers are captivated by millennials, and, interesting enough, black millennials are not only strong leaders of what's called a "viral vanguard" but giants of social change and social media. Published October 27, 2016

Voter Fraud Technique Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Election, voter fraud threaten democracy

"Democracy depends on the integrity of voting." So say some concerned registered voters in Ward 4, who claim irregularities occurred during June's closed primary elections at the hands of the D.C. Board of Elections. Published October 17, 2016

The D.C. area Metro system needs a new business model and $15.5 billion over the next decade to remain "safe, reliable and affordable," said Paul Wiedefeld, general manager of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. (Associated Press/File)

Raise Metro fares and fees

With a $275 million deficit looming, Metro leaders and elected officials need to figure out how to close that shortfall, prevent another hole and raise additional revenue to cover future expenses. Published October 13, 2016

Free school lunch isn't free

This is National School Lunch Week, a recognition that's been popping upon in October for awhile. Published October 10, 2016

D.C. Council member Jack Evans, Ward 2 Democrat, who joined the Metro board of directors this year, said he hopes fares will remain static during his time on the board.

D.C. officials like sunshine, transparency -- sometimes

The D.C. Council made certain the public received word that the federal oversight board to oversee Metro safety would have oodles of transparency. Sunshine is one of the most effective natural disinfectants since Genesis. Published October 6, 2016

Pence-Kaine debate should repeat history

Some history is worth repeating. Take Mike Pence and Tim Kaine, plop them onto a stage at Longwood University, and what do you get? The only vice presidential debate of the election cycle, of course, and a lesson in American history. Published October 3, 2016

Seeing and speaking in the face of the modern world's evils

If you see something, say something. We've been reading and hearing those few simple words since terror crashed into our world on Sept. 11, 2001. Now it's time to apply them to other global problems: human trafficking, sex trafficking and child/forced labor. Published September 26, 2016

Regional authorities must push global tourism

As the capital of America, the District is home to embassies and the cultural elite from other nations, as well as educational institutions that cater to students and professionals from other nations. Yet there's no regional marketing push. Published September 19, 2016

FILE - In this March 23, 2015, file photo, former NFL football player Darren Sharper appears in Los Angeles Superior Court. The inclusion of former NFL safety and convicted rapist Sharper on this year's list of Hall of Fame nominees has created a national outcry. Sharper, a five-time Pro Bowler, pleaded guilty in 2015 to drugging and raping up to 16 women in four states. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, Pool, File)

Darren Sharper, rape and football Hall of Fame

Darren Sharper preyed on offensive opponents on the football field. Darren Sharper preyed on women off the field. The latter is the former, and the former is the latter. Neither deserves to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Published September 16, 2016

Paging Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker

The top elected leader of any jurisdiction shouldn't have to take the weight for everything that goes wrong. However, when that leader seeks authority over, say, education -- and receives it -- he is duty-bound to take the weight. Rushern Baker, the county executive of Prince George's County, stands as a local example. Published September 15, 2016

Donald Trump, Mike Pence get school choice mostly right

A lot of Americans disagree with Donald Trump for lots of reasons. Yet, when it comes to school reform and school choice, he gets a lot of things right. So pay attention to this crucial domestic issue. Published September 12, 2016

Redskins, Steelers and Monday night's football matchup

My birth town Pittsburgh Steelers are taking on my hometown Washington Redskins. In the season opener. On Monday night. This NFL girl couldn't ask for more -- except a win, of course. Published September 8, 2016

Mitragyna speciosa leaves (Wikipedia)

Kratom: Facts, fiction, DEA ban

Obliged to continue a discussion on the botanical kratom that I began on Tuesday, let us begin. Published September 7, 2016