Deborah Simmons, The Washington Times

Deborah Simmons

The Washington Times

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Past articles by Deborah:

It’s time to revamp D.C. government — again

When it comes to the D.C. government, the status quo isn't the status anymore. → Read More

Cut to the chase inside D.C. schools

Every now and again I peek inside D.C. Public Schools classrooms to see what teachers are up to. After all, as teaching goes, so goes learning. → Read More

Virginia carpetbaggers striking at the souls going to the polls

Democrats must be so indebted to Terry McAuliffe that they’re willing to do anything to ensure he beats Republican Glenn Youngkin in Virginia’s gubernatorial race next week. → Read More

Gov. Hogan pledges funds to right criminal wrongs in embattled Baltimore

The Republican governor slapped the politics of crime in Charm City in announcing his $150 million "Re-Fund the Police" initiative. → Read More

D.C. cyclists are the darlings of traffic safety

Getting motorists to slow down is a challenge that D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has willingly accepted as a legacy without much nudging from the bicycle lobby. → Read More

Challenge the TikTok challenge with school resource officers

OK, parents and other grown folk. It's time. It's time to get a grip on the TikTok challenge craze. Where are the school resource officers now that schools really need them? → Read More

Mayor Bowser, Chief Contee’s anti-crime plan like ‘whack-a-mole’

As soon as D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee III opened their mouths last Friday, the sands of time began burying their joint anti-crime announcement -- the 2021 Fall Crime Prevention Initiative. → Read More

Parents want virtual learning options: Give it to them

Whether Mayor Bowser knows it's or not, it's high time she and the D.C. Council recognize an inconvenient truth: Parents are increasingly hitching their children's educational wagons to homeschooling and virtual learning. → Read More

D.C. Police Chief Contee faces major test

Getting and sustaining a tight grip on crime is no easy task for police chiefs in major urban areas, and the nation's capital is no exception. → Read More

Trying to get school kids from Point A to Point B is easy

Grown folk are acting as though getting school kids from Point A to Point B on regular school days is a death-defying act, whether in an urban school district like D.C. or a suburban system like neighboring Montgomery County. → Read More

Are D.C. and prosecutors on the same page?

The news of a mass shooting Saturday evening in the nation's capital was heard around the world. → Read More

D.C. lawmaker proposes wasting resources on public restroom bill

Potty training is the saving grace. Unless, that is, the person is a D.C. lawmaker and proposes wasting resources on a task force to study the availability of “safe” public and private restrooms in the District. → Read More

Federal government giveth, D.C. government taketh away

Wouldn’t you know? Just as low-income and middle-class residents began breathing the slightest sighs of relief thanks to federal tax cuts, the District’s progressive pickpockets are raising taxes. → Read More

Donna Brazile has something to teach the GOP

A true strategist, she spent decades inside and alongside the Democratic Party, and Miss Brazile took the reins of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) as the battle for the White House heated up in the summer of 2016, when the burning question was, can Hillary Clinton take out Donald Trump, or will Donald Trump take out Hillary Clinton? → Read More

What does Mayor Bowser want for Miranda Bowser?

Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted a most intriguing question on Monday: “What qualities do want in your @dcpublicschools Chancellor? Let us know at tomorrow’s @OurSchoolsDC Chancellor Search Engagement Forum.” → Read More

Rep. Jim Clyburn: 'I'm ready' to challenge Nancy Pelosi

His is not a name that races to voters’ tongues when they’re asked who are America’s top three black political leaders. → Read More

The Roman Catholic Church is in trouble

"We are sick over all the crimes that will go unpunished and uncompensated," the Pennsylvania grand jurors wrote. "This report is our only recourse." → Read More

People need to take personal responsibility for their actions

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. → Read More

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. → Read More

Who's going to pay for evicting tenants? D.C. taxpayers, of course

In May, the D.C. Council began pondering two questions: Who should pay for evicting tenants, and who is responsible for the tenants’ personal property? → Read More