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Linder has local events, town hall planned this week

Congressmen usually don't take much of a break while the U.S. House of Representatives declares a recess. They spend the time visiting with constituents and working in their local offices.

So Congress has changed the name of its break periods to "district work period."

This week, U.S. Rep. John Linder will be home from Washington, and he has a busy schedule.

He'll spend Monday at local schools, giving an interview with Peachtree Ridge High School's student newspaper and holding sessions with students at the Duluth high school as well as at Suwanee Elementary and Lanier Middle schools.

On Tuesday, he'll have a morning session with Appalachee High School in Barrow County, and then he be the keynote speaker at WGKA Talk Radio's "power lunch" with business professionals at Jillian's in Discover Mills.

That evening, Linder's seventh district constituents will have a chance to talk to him about energy independence in America during a free tele-town hall meeting.

"Communicating with my constituents has been a priority for me since I was elected to Congress, and one of the most efficient means of doing that is through town hall meetings," Linder said in a press release. "These advances in technology have increased the frequency in which I can converse with my constituents and I've enjoyed that. Unlike past discussions which were open to any topic, I plan to focus our next conversation on energy related issues, and in particular my zeal to see our nation move toward total energy independence."

To tune in for the session, which will be held between 7:30 and 8 p.m., call 888-989-6513, at 7:30 p.m. with the passcode, "Linder Town Hall."

With gas prices at an all-time high, Linder expects a big turnout.

"Energy independence has been a topic of discussion for decades, but now we find ourselves in a position where we must act," he said. "With rising gas prices and the ripple effect we see already, Congress must act on a plan that will ensure energy security for America. ... It is important for us to have an honest discussion, to hear your views and ideas, and to share with you my vision for an energy independent United States."

The topic Wednesday will be another of Linder's favorites. He'll be the keynote speaker at the Duluth Kiwanis Club luncheon, addressing his FairTax plan to replace the federal income tax with a national sales tax.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.