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To the editor:
DK Hirner, candidate for 18th Congressional
District representative, visited Logan County again Tuesday, Aug.
17, at the home of Rebecca Drake, Logan County Democratic chair.
Deirdre "DK" Hirner of Springfield discussed several important
issues in a free-wheeling give-and-take with the women-only group.
Hirner expressed her opinions on closing tax loopholes to the
wealthy and corporations to reduce the deficit. She also talked
about the 80/20 funding of programs that benefit the disabled and
disadvantaged from federal to state dollars.
She endorsed reforming the outdated 1800s Jones Act to allow
ships into our international waters in emergencies such as the
catastrophic BP oil disaster when other countries wanted to send
their ships into the Gulf of Mexico to help clean up the oil.
[to top of second column in this letter]
She disputed her opponent's positions on funding medical care for
the 9/11 first responders. Her belief is that the first responders
on 9/11 deserve the nation's gratitude for their heroic service. She
also disagrees with Rep. Schock on the funding that would rehire
teachers and firefighters for their essential services. These
professionals need to be back in our children's schools and on the
She clarified her beliefs on veteran issues, such as ensuring
that vets receive appropriate medical benefits and their
cost-of-living increases. Her opponent voted no, but yet, sent out a
taxpayer-paid-for mailing that implied he supports our veterans.
DK Hirner has been endorsed by AFSCME. Hirner has a B.S., M.S.,
PhD. and J.D. law degree.
August 20, 2010]
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