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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 [email protected].


Articles by Deborah Simmons

NBA players use their smartphones to film fans gathers outside the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday that the league is still expecting them to play as scheduled this week, even while the rift between the league and Chinese officials continued in ways that clearly suggested the two planned games in Shanghai and Shenzhen were anything but guaranteed. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

It's un-American to tell China's critics to 'shoosh'

"Shoosh," as Big Mama would say. "This is 'Merica, and in 'Merica we have the right to free speech." We do, indeed, and that's why Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey is one of my heroes of the week for tweeting that we Americans, here and abroad, should support the protesters in Hong Kong demanding the basic human right to speak their minds. Published October 10, 2019

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder talks with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, right, before an NFL football game between the Redskins and the Cowboys in Landover, Md., Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally) **FILE**

The sad lessons to learn about Dan Snyder's football team

If he plans to hold on to the Redskins as owner and continue to turn a profit, he must play his hand like a kicker who guides his foot to avoid the left post, the right post and the horizontal bar. Mr. Snyder should look at the franchise as a team and determine which sectors aren't winning and why. Published October 7, 2019

A Gallaudet University student looks on as his dogs greet a visitor to his apartment on West Virginia Avenue across the street from the university in the District. (The Washington Times) **FILE**

Paris Hilton on the Potomac

The idiots in City Hall are at it again, planning to spend the public's money as if they're Paris Hilton and drumming up other policies as if the public well will never run dry. Published October 3, 2019


D.C. overspends on bureaucracy, not student achievement

It's time for parents and other taxpayers to adopt the erstwhile financial control board's cardinal rule, because here's what happens when school funding doesn't follow students into their classrooms. The central bureaucracy sucks it up, and -- worse -- the educrats bleed the system and create a deficit. Published September 30, 2019

Joaquin Phoenix portrays the Joker, a maniacal genius destined to haunt Gotham City in the world of DC Comics. (Associated Press/File)

The 'Joker' is a rip-off of Victor Hugo's brilliance

The Army is concerned about Joaquin Phoenix's "Joker," which is due to hit movie theaters next Friday, and the "disturbing and very specific chatter" online that was discovered recently. Published September 26, 2019

Protesters block the intersection of K and 16th Street NW, near the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. A broad coalition of climate and social justice organizations are disrupting the morning rush hour commute. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Climate change activists or glue sniffers?

The Super Glue Gang advocates climate change. They've decided that God can't make up his mind and that Mother Nature is confused. Published September 23, 2019

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, left, testifies next to veteran Kerwin Miller, of Washington, and Roger Pilon, with the Constitutional Studies department of the Cato Institute, during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on statehood for the District of Columbia, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) **FILE**

D.C. should stay a federal district as it was written in Constitution

Understand, the founders of the capital never intended for D.C. to be a state but a federal district to house the federal government. Yet, some advocates for statehood want to flip the script of the U.S. Constitution, and some quasi-supporters even want to grant the District's nonvoting House delegate full voting rights. Published September 19, 2019

 In this April 11, 2018, file photo, a high school student uses a vaping device near a school campus in Cambridge, Mass. California Gov. Gavin Newsom will announce an executive action Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, to confront youth heath concerns related to vaping.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) **FILE**

Is vaping the new crack cocaine?

Remember the push for the V chip? The TV technology that helped parents control what their children were watching on television? Well, for young people, vaping seems to be the new crack cocaine. Published September 16, 2019

Students change classes at the Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington on Wednesday. (J.M. Eddins/The Washington Times)

It's the charter children, stupid, not the buildings

What's equally bad is that the District is breaking both the spirit and the letter of the law when it closes a traditional public school and then forces charter schools to apply to occupy it, as if the children who would attend the school are, here again, foreigners. Published September 12, 2019

Resume talks about the Washington Redskins

RFK Stadium is headed for the graveyard. Sniff, sniff. Plans call for the aged structure to be demolished in 2021. Up 'til then, though, Dan Snyder has a decision to make, Congress has a decision to make about the site and both should place their bets on a guaranteed moneymaker -- a new home for the Washington Redskins. Published September 9, 2019

Dave Chappelle speaks at the press conference for "A Star Is Born" on day 4 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) **FILE**

'Sticks & Stones,' guns and scaredy cats

To his credit, Mr. Chappelle's standup routines about the so-called cancel culture on Netflix's "Sticks & Stones" special has a lot of eyeballs rolling. Give him and public schools a hand, because much is -- and will become -- history. Now let's be frank in the here and now. Published September 5, 2019

The NFL at 100

The 100th anniversary of the National Football League kicks off Thursday, and it's hoped you're not one of those fans who let the league's Kaepernick thing become and remain a cloud over your enthusiasm for football, American football. Published September 2, 2019

R. Kelly (Associated Press/File)

Jeffrey Epstein, R. Kelly and the feds

Federal authorities shouldn't be alarmed, but they should be mindful following the probe into the Jeffrey Epstein death case: R&B crooner R. Kelly isn't doing too well. Published August 15, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., addresses the audience gathered at the Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky., Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Senate's snub of SAFE Act may be blessing in disguise

The Senate's inaction could be a blessing in disguise, because it uncovered why Democrats and liberals are having a field day taking Republicans and conservatives to the wood shed as anti-democratic. Published August 12, 2019

Congressman Elijah Cummings walks to his car after speaking about Baltimore at the grand opening of the McCullough Street Nature Play Space in West Baltimore on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. Cummings on Saturday invited President Donald Trump and other Americans to Baltimore, taking the high road after a barrage of presidential tweets disparaging the black-majority city and its long-serving Democratic congressman. (Kim Hairston /The Baltimore Sun via AP) **FILE**

Threading the Baltimore needle

Politicians and community members determined to "fix" Baltimore need to be mindful of that trick of the trade because Charm City could become a model example. In short, what happens next in Baltimore mustn't stay in Baltimore, which means it's time. Published August 5, 2019

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., participates in the first of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) **FILE**

Where Elizabeth Warren stands on public education

The senior senator from Massachusetts doesn't have much to say for herself, considering she teaches law school and kicks the costs of the can labeled "Forgive Them Their College Debt" down the road ... way down the road. Published August 1, 2019