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PRAISE for state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey for continuing the aggressive consumer protection that helped make a name for his predecessor, Darrell McGraw.
During last year’s campaign, Morrisey had little good to say about McGraw. When he prevailed over McGraw in November, many Dems fretted the Republican would not make consumers the priority they’d been since McGraw took office in 1993.
But Morrisey’s office earlier this month in Kanawha County Circuit Court won a summary judgment of more than $126,000 from North Carolina-based James R. Armstrong and Family Credit Counseling.
Explained Morrisey in a news release: “In this case, many West Virginia residents did not receive the services as promised. We will take firm action against businesses that take advantage of residents trying to do the right thing.”
We’re glad to see Morrisey doing the right thing.

NAY to another senseless gun death. Last week in this space we lamented the shooting death of Bluefield resident Elizabeth Slagle, 42. Police say the mom died March 28 at the hands of a neighbor after the pair’s daughters quarreled on the afternoon school bus home. Then last Wednesday, Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum was gunned down as he sat in his police SUV eating lunch outside the courthouse in Williamson. Elected in November, 59-year-old Crum was instrumental in the anti-drug program Operation Zero Tolerance and soon after he took office in January, the effort led to more than 50 felony indictments. On Sunday, hundreds of mourners – including more than 350 law enforcement officers from neighboring states – jammed into Mingo Central High School for Crum’s funeral. It’s still unclear what motivated suspected gunman Tennis M. Maynard, a 37-year-old from Ragland, but even as the gun lobby and Second Amendment zealots urged the Legislature to expand access to firearms, we say the too-easy availability of guns is making life worse across West Virginia.

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