Rep. Collins Speaks in Franklin Co.

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

New 9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins stops in Franklin County.

Collins spoke Tuesday at the Franklin County Chamber and Rotary luncheon.

The congressman spoke for about five minutes Tuesday and later met with constituents individually.

During his talk, he expressed concern about the debt and what kind of country this generation will leave the next.

Collins said if Congress doesn’t get control of spending and rein in the debit limit, our children will have to pay the price.

“We’re going to probably be ok over the next 10, 15, 20 years,” Collins told the group. “It may not be what we wanted it to be, but if we stay the same, we would be ok. But the people in our high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools will not be ok. It is they who will pay the price if we continue to kick the can down the road on a lot of big issues. So, when we look at that, that’s what gets my heart. That’s what I look ahead to because of my children and yours.”

During his brief talk, Collins also reiterated how his district office in Gainesville will be structured.

He again said the goal for himself and staff in Georgia is to make themselves available as much as possible to everyone in the 13-county district.

“We’re going to have what we call open office hours,” Collins said. “We felt that was the most fiscally prudent way to get as many staff to as many people as we can. So our staff is going to be all out in the districts. We’ll have them well publicized in advance so you can get your questions answered on a variety of issues, such as VA and social security.”

Collins’ appearance in Franklin County is part of what his office called a full District Work Week this week.

Throughout the week, Collins is participating in local community meetings and small business roundtables, along with visiting numerous businesses in the district.

Collins was in Elberton Monday, Hall County Thursday, and is in Ila today.