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Deborah Simmons

Deborah Simmons was a senior correspondent who reported on City Hall and wrote about education, culture, sports and family-related topics.

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In this file photo, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks about the District's coronavirus response at a news conference, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) ** FILE **

Best D.C. defense against the coronavirus

- The Washington Times

The best defense against COVID-19 is, well, a great offense. Until Thursday, the Bowser administration was seemingly moving in that direction, giving the media and public lengthy daily briefings on how the nation's capital is positioned to take on the coronavirus.

Maryland first lady Yumi Hogan stands at a news conference at the governor's residence on Monday, April 20, 2020 in Annapolis, Md., where her husband, Gov. Larry Hogan announced she helped negotiations that led to a company in South Korea to send a shipment to boost the state's ability to conduct tests for COVID-19 by 500,000. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

South Korea proves where there's a will, there's a way

- The Washington Times

A huge thank you is due to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and his wife, Yumi. Thanks to them, South Korea jetted 500,000 coronavirus tests to the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Sunday.

In a Jan. 15, 2020 photo, Cindy Zielaskiewicz preps 96 quarts of chicken & rice soup for the free lunch served every Thursday at the Samaritan's Table at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist in Canton.  (Ray Stewart/The Canton Repository via AP)  **FILE**

Chicken soup elixir for coronavirus

- The Washington Times

Know what we need? What is the global citizenry really calling out for? Chicken soup for all our souls -- the elixir for thousands and thousands of years. From colds and flus to innumerable discomforts and the blues, chicken soup has been "prescribed" as a comfort food and a cure all.

A family, wearing masks due to the virus outbreak, carry drinks as they walk through the empty streets of the village of Exeter, N.H., Thursday, April 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Words matter in fight against coronavirus

- The Washington Times

Here we are, amending our liberties and those of our children, while others put us at risk by trashing parking lots and sidewalks with disposable gloves and face covering. We've even added three new words to our daily lexicon to go along with our new fashion statements, personal protection equipment, which we've dubbed PPE for short.

Lamar Elementary School principal Erin Honeycutt sets up a "Zoom" class for first through fifth graders to learn art from Holly Triplett in Meridian, Miss., Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The COVID-19 and coronavirus has forced area schools to close and use technology for online teaching and learning. At this time Lamar is closed until April 13th and will then re-evaluate as to continue their closure. (Paula Merritt/The Meridian Star via AP)    **FILE**

Zoom in on Zoom and online security, parents

- The Washington Times

Do not assume. Do not assume.Never assume your children are safe while online. The warning is particularly dire as school systems across the country are closed because of COVID-19 and utilize Zoom and other online video-conferencing apps for distance learning.

 This Aug. 2, 2018, file photo shows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration building behind FDA logos at a bus stop on the agency's campus in Silver Spring, Md. U.S. regulators warned several companies to stop selling soaps, sprays and other concoctions with false claims that they can treat the new coronavirus or keep people from catching it. The warnings were emailed Friday, March 6, 2020, to companies based in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. and were announced Monday. Nearly all the targeted companies had complied by Monday morning, with mentions of the virus or products to treat it taken off their websites. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) **FILE**

Coronavirus scammers, fraudsters put on notice

- The Washington Times

The FTC and FDA warning letters followed shots across the nonpartisan bow at Attorney General Bill Barr from the lobby group Consumer Brands Association, which urged the Justice Department to stop retailers from jacking up the prices for hand sanitizer, masks and other products essential to the battle against the coronavirus.

Ward Six Councilmember Charles Allen speaks during the District of Columbia Inauguration ceremony at the Convention Center in Washington, Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) **FILE**

Charles Allen, D.C. lawmaker, one-ups Bernie Sanders, other socialists

- The Washington Times

D.C. Council member Charles Allen on Tuesday plans to mitigate the problem with his Metro for DC Amendment Act 2020. Its goal is to get more motorists off the roads by putting their butts in seats on Metrobus and Metrorail with $100 in free rides every month. Now, this might be construed as a novel approach, but it is not. Free mass transit is a trend, and trends like free love, free sex and Medicare for All always come with a price tag.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds a news conference the morning after the impeachment of President Donald Trump ended in acquittal, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Nancy Pelosi wants to design your school, but not do laundry

- The Washington Times

And now words of caution: The federal government is coming to help you pay for new schoolhouses and renovations. This, courtesy of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has no children attending public schools and who can afford to send her grandchildren to the private or parochial of their parents' choosing.