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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

Affordable housing really isn't hard to find

Finding ways to put hard-working, low-income and fixed-income people into affordable housing may not be as difficult and costly as some politicians and advocates would have you think — if only they would think smaller. Published September 28, 2017

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2016, file photo, Louisville coach Rick Pitino directs his team during an NCAA college basketball game against Syracuse in Louisville Ky.  Louisville announced Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, that they have placed basketball coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich on administrative leave amid an FBI probe. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

NCAA basketball scandal is yuuuge

The NCAA men's basketball scandal that's bubbling up alongside the NFL's kneel-don't-kneel headlines has been a long time in the making — and to borrow an adjective from a president who already has lots of folks blowing their stacks, yes, the NCAA scandal is yuuuge. Published September 27, 2017

Recovery schools need empirical data

Recovery schools. Heard of them? Recovery schools are private, public, alternative and other specialty schools where students are in the throes of recovering from substance abuse. Published September 25, 2017

No new Metro tax, please and thanks

"There is no Plan B" for shoring up and sustaining Metro, Board Chairman Jack Evans told me Thursday morning. Published September 21, 2017

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Jack Evans: 'No Plan B' for Metro funding

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan got a backhand on Thursday regarding their positions on a new 1 cent regional sales tax to fund the D.C. region's Metro transit system. Published September 21, 2017

Then-first lady Barbara Bush and then-Missouri Gov. John Ashcroft attend a "Parents as Teachers" event in Florissant, Missouri, where Mrs. Bush reads to the children. (National Archives)

Reading is still fundamental, even amid hurricanes

Christian and Skyler were anxious. The 5-year-old Texas twins were set to enter kindergarten — until Hurricane Harvey ripped their world. Their school is among five north of Corpus Christi that remain shuttered, having lost heating and air conditioning systems, roofs, electrical systems and much of what ordinarily defines a schoolhouse, including children, teachers and books. Published September 20, 2017

D.C. to target zombie properties

The District has long kept tabs on vacant properties, blighted buildings and so-called nuisance properties. The city even went a step further and began using tax dollars to blast graffiti off other's people's property. Published September 19, 2017

Deborah Simmons

D.C. Council to take on taxes, spending

The D.C. Council finally returns to the lawmaking business this week and its first order of business is, well, the business of taxing and spending. Published September 18, 2017

D.C. lawmakers must take stock of city's assets

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is a perfect teaching tool for the D.C. government, particularly since the string of storms pounded the theme that all lives matter and that it is important to keep track of your assets. Mother Nature constantly reminds us that it ain't over 'til it's over. Published September 14, 2017

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said removing the Taney statue was "the right thing to do." (Associated Press/File)

Hogan's hard cash offer puts other Metro stakeholders on the spot

So far, only one reasonable suggestion to raise new funds for troubled Metro is worthy of discussion. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan revealed Monday that the state is ready contribute an extra $500 million over four years toward funding the region's transit system -- if the District, Virginia and federal authorities hitch themselves to his wagon. Published September 12, 2017

Deborah Simmons

As U.S. debates Dreamers, Mexico puts out the welcome mat

As expected, President Trump's decision to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy is causing quite a kerfuffle. What you might not have heard, though, is that Mexico is sending its own message: Ven a casa — "Come home." Published September 11, 2017

XQ Super Schools look to the future

Proponents of XQ Super Schools began a revolution of sorts -- urging, funding and digging a refreshing new trench for high schoolers. Its supporters don't sit around and merely drum their fingers while awaiting the next results on standardized tests. Published September 7, 2017

Labor Day 2017: Get a post-Harvey job

The U.S. Department of Labor is expected to release on Friday the latest unemployment/employment/jobless rates, but don't expect those numbers to remain static for the remainder of 2017. The clouds of Hurricane Harvey already have seen to that. Published August 31, 2017

Free speech now, free speech tomorrow, free speech forever

In the beginning was the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. And it was good, guaranteeing freedom of religion, speech, the press, peaceable assembly and the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Published August 29, 2017

NFL, NAACP, Kaepernick's Afro

Some people are threatening to boycott televised NFL games because mixed-race quarterback Colin Kaepernick has yet to land on a team and he took a knee during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Published August 24, 2017