LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Abortion review is not needed

 

Our attorney general has decided to carry out a review of abortion laws and regulations in West Virginia — a state with one of the lowest abortion rates in the country. Abortion rates in West Virginia are so low as to be insignificant in comparison to the many other problems confronting West Virginians.

If the attorney general really wanted to do something about abortion in West Virginia, he would expand the availability of contraception, since over half of abortions result from non-use of contraceptives.

Meanwhile, West Virginia desperately needs Mr. Morrisey to protect consumers from the byproducts of fracking and mountaintop removal, improve the state’s deplorable workman compensation program, implement Obamacare and expand Medicaid so more people have access to quality health care, improve public education, and economic diversification beyond coal and gas for real economic growth. If Mr. Morrisey really wanted to do something for West Virginians, he could get lost pensions and health care back for the miners that lost them from Patriot Coal.

A review of abortion laws and regulations is a veritable waste of state resources desperately needed for priority needs. We do not need propaganda — we need responsible leadership confronting real problems.

 

Kristin Loken Falling Waters

 

Story failed to report the facts

The Spirit of Jefferson recently ran a story about the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General’s Office. The story — reprinted verbatim from the Charleston Gazette — made many assertions that are significantly untrue and utter nonsense.

As you know, Patrick Morrisey ran on a platform of reforming the Attorney General’s office and restoring integrity to this important part of state government. One part of our reform efforts involved managing the Consumer Protection Division far more effectively than in the past. Indeed, a recent Legislative Audit report indicated that, prior to January, the Consumer Protection area had “significant internal control weaknesses and non-compliance in areas of high risk.”

West Virginia deserves a strong consumer protection division and a well-managed, ethical Attorney General’s Office.

We are taking steps to solve the problems that plagued this office in the past and also bulk up the Martinsburg Office so that it can provide high-quality assistance to the residents of the Eastern Panhandle.

In recent weeks and months, we have hired several new staffers for the Consumer Protection Division, including two seasoned investigators, who will work with consumers and businesses to ensure the state’s laws are followed. We also have announced many settlements in recent weeks that will return money to consumers and state coffers.

Please follow our office for updates on the Consumer Protection Division.

 

Beth G. Ryan, State Attorney General office

 

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