<Senator> Hi. I am Jay Rockefeller, and I am doing my own typing, so... you have to be patient -- and also grade my typing at typing at the end. I am very happy to be with you at the Jefferson High School, and I am ready to answer any questions or hear your opinions on anything! Jay
<Senator> I will answer questions about anything at all, and I want you to be aggressive with me, so that we can know each other better. Sometimes people are shy with Senators, but don't be.
<Senator> We are working on the tobacco bill this week. Any thoughts?
<Senator> And I know you are a government class, so I know you have lots to say.
<Jason> Hello Senator my name is Jason LaBrake and I'm wondering if you have any presidential ambitions for the year 2000? Yes I think you should try to restrict it [tobacco] as much as possible because its killing people
<Senator> I am not running for President, although I probably could. But, to be honest, I am totally happy working for WVA in the Senate. I'll say more about that if you want me to.
<Senator> As for the tobacco bill, Jason, we are trying very hard to be very tough on tobacco without passing an unconstitutional bill. It is a mamouth task.
<Senator> Hi, Bruce.
<Bruce> whats up
<Shaun> Hello Senator my name is Shaun Mitchem and I want to know what gov't programs, whether it be industrial or financial, are responsibilities for economic improvement for counties such as McDowell and cities like Bluefield?
<Senator> Shaun, that is a great question. I worry so much that those southern counties have such a hard time. I am working on four projects that will help McDowell. 1) a federal prison, 2) a aqua fish growing project using the excellent water under all the coal, 3) telecommunications (using phones to call all over America, etc.) jobs by the hundreds that pay decent wages and have health benefits and 4) real wood products manufacturing (the Taiwan people will help on that).
<dtong> Where are you,senater?
<Josh> HI SENATOR
<Senator> Russell, do you have a question or statement that would help me?
<Senator> And what about you, Jarad?
<Senator> I am in my office at the Senate. I try to have a substantive chat with some school in WVA by internet every week. That's why I want your questions!
<Michael> Hello Senator,I am Mike Johnson, What is your viewpoint on air pollution and the importance of preserving the environment? What is currently being done by you to help with the environmental issue?
<Josh> YEAH I WAS WANDERING ABOUT HOW WE ARE GOING TO EVENTUALLY GET RID OF WELFARE AND STOP THE WORKING CLASS FOR PAYING FOR THOSE ON WELFARE AND I THINK TOBACCO SHOULD BE A MATTER OF CHOICE, SUCH AS IF YOU WANNA SMOKE AND KILL YOURSELF THEN THAT IS OUR PROBLEM.
<dtong> Sawaddee, hi in Thai, senater.
<Senator> Michael, I have the best enviromental voting record (by far) (not boasting!) of anyone in our delegation. I think that the enviroment is the greatest problem facing America and the world. But I also have to be very aware that many of our people in WVA work in coal mines, steel mills and chemical plants. So it is a real challenge for me. But generally my enviro voting record is between 80-90%
<steph> Hello senator, I'm Stephanie Tabb. What is your main goal for education in the next year and how will you finance this educational goal?
<Senator> Josh, the problem is that when people smoke and get sick from it, it is often the general taxpayer that pays the bills --about 50billion dollars a year. Is that fair to the tax-payers?
<Josh> WHAT ABOUT THE BILLIONS FOR WELFARE?
<Senator> Steph, my main goal is to make every classrooms in ALL public schools, ALL public libraries, and ALL rural health centers able to handle computers, and then also have the phone companies pay discounts for the use of the phone line. This is now law, and I am frankly proud to be the main legislative force behind it. It is the future for everyone, so to speak.
<Jarad> I realy have no problem with smokers.Most of my friends are smokers ,but I'm not no big deal.I feel when more laws are made it can cause more problems.
<Senator> Josh, because of the welfare reform bill we passed two years ago, there are fewer people on welfare today in West Virginia and America than ever before. And the trend keeps going down. We are doing our best on this tough problem.
<Danny> Do you think they will ever legalize marijuana? why or why not
<Bruce> Dear sen. Rockefeller, My name is Bruce Slusher, I would like to know your feelings on prayer in school? Do you feel it violates peoples rights? If so , we have to say pledge every day!
<BRENT> Will Charlestown be another Atlantic City with the new slots and buisnesses by the twenty- first century ?
<Senator> Jarad, perhaps we disagree a little (alot?) Three thousand teenagers a day start smoking and one thousand of them will die from it. It is the biggest killer of all diseases, and the taxpayers are picking up so much of the bill. It is worth it to try to reduce the problem, don't you think?
<Russell> Hello Senator, my name is Russell Meadows. I was wondering how you felt about the millions of dollars being spent on third world countries when we have severe problems of our own in the U.S.?
<Senator> Danny, I don't think it [marijuana] will ever be legalized, because the American people would be totally against it
<dtong> Sawaddee(hi in Thai)senater,Iam Dtong(onsuda tankaeo),an exchange student from Thailand.my ouestion is what can the U.S. do to help with the Asian economic crisis?
<Josh> THANX SENATOR
<Bruce> Thanks Senator
<steph> Thank you senator
<Russell> thank you senator
<Roger> see ya senator
<Jason> It was great talking to you Senator
<Michael> thank you,senator. class is ending. Bye!
<Senator> I have no problem with prayer in schools, so long as it is silent prayer.
<Jarad> I agree with you on that.
<Shaun> Thank you senator for your time, I have to leave.
<Danny> thank you for answering our questions mr. senator
<Jarad> good bye
<Bruce> What about silent pledge
<Senator> Thank you and good-bye. You gave me excellent questions. My typing grade?
<dtong> thank you,senater.
<Bruce> c-ya senator