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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

D.C. Whole Foods fights rodents and landlord

Since March, the Whole Foods store on Wisconsin Ave. NW has been closed while battling rodents and other vermin, trying to comply with multiple D.C. health code violations and inspections. Published June 13, 2017

Dads can teach in and out of water

Another Father's Day is upon us, as is the push to buy the biggest and bestest power tools and grills we can afford. Published June 12, 2017

Capitol Hill neighbors: No Hispanic PAC house

Want a "party house" in your neighborhood? Some Capitol Hill residents already have answered with a resounding "No," and are considering a lawsuit if the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) grants an exemption to a Hispanic political action committee that wants to set up shop in their beloved neighborhood. Published June 8, 2017

D.C. residents are asking for D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine to investigate charges against the mayor. (Associated Press)

Paging D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine

People acting on behalf of Muriel Bowser during her successful run for mayor in 2014 broke the law. Within months, in 2015, people working on behalf of Brandon Todd, her successor to fill her Ward 4 seat on the D.C. Council, did the same. Published June 7, 2017

At-large D.C. Council member David Grosso said "public financing of campaigns would give greater voice to all voters and reduce the disproportionate influence of big city donors in D.C. politics" under a bill he has crafted. (The Washington Times)

Beware the Age of Donald Trump

We are in the midst of the age of distraction, when Americans of all stripes have seemingly fallen into one of three camps: 1) Resist by any means necessary; 2) Spend more money; 3) Blame Donald Trump. Some politicians, even those not registered as a Republican or Democrat, fall into all three. Published June 5, 2017

Protect D.C. tax cuts

Tuesday is the day — the first day for D.C. Council members to either support taxpayers or to pretend that reneging on proposed tax cuts is needed to "improve" housing, social services and public schooling. Published May 29, 2017

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2016, file photo, one of the remaining cows on Alabama farmer David Bailey's farm, walks towards a pile of hay to be fed, surrounded by dirt where ankle deep green grass use to be, acceding to Bailey, in Dawson, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

What's the cattlemen's beef? Washington

David Cook is a cattleman, a rancher and a member of the Arizona State House. He's no Beltway insider. Mr. Cook came to Washington this week to spell out his beef. In short, he wants Congress to stop trying to lasso other ranchers and rural Americans with regulations. Published May 25, 2017

Thousands of participants parade over Arlington Memorial Bridge during Rolling Thunder's 29th annual ride in support the U.S. armed forces on Sunday. (Associated Press photographs)

This Memorial Day

Memorial Day. A time to remember to not forget. Published May 24, 2017

Candles and tributes were left after a vigil in Albert Square, Manchester, England, on Tuesday, the day after a suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert attended by many young people. (Associated Press)

Don't 'retraumatize' children after Manchester attacks

"Death and loss are the kind of issues that defy sound bites," psychologist Renee Garfinkel told me Tuesday afternoon, less than 24 hours after singer Ariana Grande, 23, learned of the Manchester suicide bombing and referred to herself as "broken." Published May 23, 2017

Seth Conrad Rich, a DNC staffer, was killed in July near his home in the District of Columbia. (Image via Rich's LinkedIn profile.)

The strange case of Seth Rich

This is the unfortunate story of the killing of a young man named Seth Conrad Rich, a Nebraska-born and -reared young man whose death by two gunshots has resulted in conspiracy theories of the worst kind. Published May 22, 2017

New hospital in D.C.? Metro surges forward

Plans to build a new comprehensive hospital in Ward 7 or 8 moved forward Monday, when the D.C. Department of Health Care Finance executed a contract with one of the nation's largest consulting firms to help guide the city's hands. Published May 15, 2017

Why Johnny can't read, Mary can't do math

D.C. Council member David Grosso, please pay attention. This column focuses on your lawmaking and appropriation wheelhouse: education. Published May 11, 2017

Haitians deserve America's help

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) wants you to know something — and, interestingly enough, it has little to do with the political alignment of members voting against the House replacement of Obamacare on Thursday. Published May 4, 2017