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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: D.C. statehood a matter of rights

    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?

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Cruel and unusual?

    Deborah Simmons' column titled "Council interns shine hopeful light on city youths" (Metro, Monday) describes a program that places junior- and senior-high school students into D.C. Council offices in order to learn about government.

  • D.C. voting movement is no joke

    This letter serves as a rebuttal to Deborah Simmons' Friday column "Statehood activists' silly games make their cause laughable" (Culture). When Miss Simmons called the District's fight for democracy a "silly waste of time," "gimmickry" and "a fat chance," she insulted the nearly 600,000 Washingtonians who are denied voting rights.

  • Vouchers for Islamic schools

    Deborah Simmons is wrong in promoting the school voucher plan for the District ("School vouchers the right option," Culture, Friday).

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