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DK Hirner speaks to local women's group

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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She endorsed reforming the outdated 1800s Jones Act to allow ships into our international waters in emergencies such as the catastrophic BP oil disaster when other countries wanted to send their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.

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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 firefighting force.

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.

Rebecca Drake

[Posted August 20, 2010]

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