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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

Grave marker for Mammy Kate, who rescued her master, Stephen Heard after the British had set his execution.

Women and the Declaration of Independence

When it comes men and America's independence, many of the ancestors' names and storied lives can easily roll off the tongue. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were two of our first three presidents, and died as frenemies just hours apart on July 4, 1826. Maryland's Charles Carroll, the wealthiest man in the colonies, was a Roman Catholic and a staunch believer of freedom of religion, also signed the Declaration of Independence. Published July 3, 2017

Hogan puts schools probe on right track

Maryland's probe into whether Prince George's County administrators, teachers and others changed students' grades and credits to boost graduation rates is no small undertaking. Published June 26, 2017

Photojournalist Shay Horse said he was pepper-sprayed while covering protests at the Jan. 21 presidential inauguration, even though his camera identified him as a journalist. (Sarah Nelson / The Washington Times)

Is ACLU lawsuit against D.C. cops a red herring?

"An officer told us to drop our pants," Shay Horse said. "An officer went down the row telling each of us not to flinch as he grabbed our balls and yanked on them, and then stuck his finger up each of our anuses and wiggled it around. I felt like they were using molestation and rape as punishment." Published June 22, 2017

Nudity at the beach. Quelle horreur!

The trusty Old Farmers Almanac says June 20 is the day those of us in the Northern Hemisphere can officially celebrate the arrival of summer. Published June 15, 2017

Beltway sniper Lee Boyd Malvo, James Hodgkinson

What happened at an Alexandria ballpark on Wednesday does not bode well for a 32-year-old man being held at Red Onion State Prison in Wise County, Virginia. Published June 14, 2017

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