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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

Deborah Simmons

Kill Metro's dead zones

Metro must kill the dead zones, because the transit agency clearly is jammed between a ROCC and a hard place. ROCC stands for Metro's Rail Operations Control Center (ROCC), and it's the center's job to speak by radio with train operators and workers, firefighters and other first responders when something goes awry. Published January 17, 2018

Deborah Simmons

Reclaim the mantle: It takes a village

Here we are again with nightmarish news of children being abused and neglected. A few such stories follow, including one of four dead sisters. Published January 16, 2018

Deborah Simmons

The immigration TPS-Salvadoran debate

An estimated 10,000 D.C. residents of Salvadoran descent are likely becoming news watchers now that the State Department has warned Americans against traveling to the Central American country and the Trump administration has told them they have until September 2019 to get their immigration papers in order or be shipped out. Published January 15, 2018

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, joined by from left, District of Columbia Police Chief Peter Newsham, District of Columbia Council member Charles Allen, District of Columbia Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, and District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine, speaks at One Judiciary Square in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. District of Columbia officials say they won't appeal a court ruling against a strict city gun law, setting the stage for it to become easier for gun owners to get concealed carry permits in the city. City officials announced their decision not to take the case to the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Campaign finance reform foolishness

You can fool all the people some of the time, and you can fool some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. Published January 11, 2018

Deborah Simmons

Kids should know to 'just say no' to sexting

A new study published in Northwestern University's journal of Sexuality Research and Social Policy warns that girls and teens are struggling to resist a temptation that even grown folk can't seem to muster the nerve to conquer. Published January 1, 2018

D.C. statehood follows Sisyphus uphill

D.C. statehood advocates are again in Sisyphean mode, making likely ill-fated attempts to turn the nation's capital into the nation's 51st state. Published December 21, 2017

Deborah Simmons

Public housing residents should turn to DIY

Breaking news: The federal government's chief landlord, the General Services Administration, informed us on Monday that the government owns or leases 5,066 bathrooms, more than 1,500 prisons, 766 hospitals and 2,427 schools. Not fake news: Ben Carson takes a lot of criticism. Much of the blowback is by default. Published December 18, 2017

Illustration on Metrorail overspending by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Metro considers tunneling from Rosslyn to Georgetown

The latest mass-transit spending splurge in the D.C. region will likely be a new Metrorail station located a skip and a hop across the Potomac River in Rosslyn in Northern Virginia. Published December 13, 2017

In this Sept. 6, 2017, file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during the committee's hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Cruz's Twitter account briefly liked a hardcore pornography video on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. His spokeswoman, Catherine Black, later said the offensive tweet was removed by Cruz's staff. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Saving for your children's education

Well, folks. You asked the question, "How can I save for my children's education?" and Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Mark Meadows have answered. Published December 11, 2017

Deborah Simmons

Virginia road grinch steals Christmas

Terry McAuliffe is the kind of governor who prides himself as a good-doer who works to benefit the hard-working people of Virginia. When it comes to his efforts in Northern Virginia, however, somebody should design a T-shirt that says #RoadGrinchofVirginia. Published December 4, 2017

Tax cuts, spending and Democrats

Ever since Richard Nixon presented stakeholders in the nation's capital with limited home rule in 1973, Democrats have held the purse strings and dived into public coffers for liberal causes. Published November 30, 2017

Deborah Simmons

Soft bigotry, low academic expectations at Ballou High

When George W. Bush first ran for president, he told everyone paying attention, including his audience at the NAACP, that he would challenge the "soft bigotry of low expectations" inside and outside America's classrooms. Published November 29, 2017

Deborah Simmons

Metro should scrap its ad guidelines

Either the folks who run the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority don't want to understand how the U.S. Constitution, marketing and free speech work — or ignorance has finally taken its toll on the lot. Published November 28, 2017

Denzel on fatherhood, family values

Denzel Washington is probably going to catch hell for espousing a family values script that has been tethered in the hands of conservatives. Published November 27, 2017