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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

Who's minding NCAA student-athletes?

It's darn near impossible for a college or university head coach to know what his coaches and players are up to 24/7. That hardly offers a break, however, to University of Maryland football coach DJ Durkin. Published August 13, 2018

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Dueling protests set for D.C.

Nobody is saying how many people are expected to show up between Friday and Monday. The best official estimates, or at least those given to the National Park Police, are 400 for the Unite the Righters and 1,000 for the Un-Haters. Published August 9, 2018

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Personal responsibility, anyone?

It seems as though personal responsibility is becoming a thing of the past. We need to restore it lest we forget that faith and family are among the true common bounds of humanity and public safety. Published August 8, 2018

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D.C. homeless kids bounce to the joys of summer

The smiling faces and joyful giggles of the scores upon scores upon scores of children Tuesday morning at Langdon Park and Recreation Center were contagious. Published August 7, 2018

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Washington's Redskins head home

The Redskins are off to Boston to help Bill, Tom and the Patriots kick off the second week of the NFL's preseason on Thursday night. Published August 6, 2018

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The homelessness continuum

Homelessness. No matter where you live in America, it's an issue. Always has been. Published July 26, 2018

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Bad guys winning the drug war

Local and federal law enforcers must take the lead, wield their hammers like Thor and help Americans to avenge the scourge of the drug trade. Published July 19, 2018

In this photo taken March 12, 2015, passengers wait on the platform before boarding a train at the U Street Metro Station in Washington. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Tuesday, May 10, 2016, he seriously considered ordering a shutdown of the entire Washington Metro subway system last week and may still do that if local officials don't follow a Transportation Department safety directive. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Strike D.C. Metro where it hurts

Wise roosters know better than to fall prey to little transit chicks, such as Cocky Locky, Henny Penny or whatever that bird is called in this age of smartphones. Published July 16, 2018

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., ranking member on the House Financial Services Committee, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 14, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Anti-Trumpers take the low road in high gear

As the anti-Trump movement begins shifting into high gear for the midterm elections, people are trying to grab attention and headlines however they can. It's as if they're in terrible two's mode. Published June 25, 2018

A wooded area in Rock Creek Park (Image from National Park Service)

Renaming Rock Creek Park

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton wants to change the name of America's third-oldest national park, Rock Creek Park, to Rock Creek National Park. Published June 21, 2018

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Tip and minimum wage rip off

Some voters will fall for anything. On Tuesday, they'll likely approve the "District of Columbia Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2017," or Initiative 77, because they think they're leveling the playing field for non-tipped workers. Published June 18, 2018

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Jesse Jackson's gambit with D.C. statehood

The lying title "U.S. senator" of D.C. is a bone picker, but when residents go to the voting booths Tuesday for the city's primary elections, there it shall be. The word "shadow," however, is not included. The ballot only says "United States Senator." Published June 14, 2018

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Rushern Baker cheats on his education exam

Democrat Rushern Baker III released his "10-Point Education Proposal to Make Maryland Schools Number One in the Country Again. His 10 points beg one question: Does any one represent a new, inovative, provocative idea? Uh, no. None does. Published June 7, 2018

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during an event to formally launch the Biden Institute, a research and policy center focused on domestic issues at the University of Delaware, in Newark, Del., Monday, March 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Joe Biden takes on Larry Hogan

Joe Biden isn't taking any chances when it comes to Democrats givin' a lickin' to Republicans Larry Hogan and Boyd Rutherford in Maryland's gubernatorial election come November. Published June 6, 2018