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Saying goodbye to one of WV's most generous sons

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  • Wider lens necessary for effective education

    Wider lens necessary for effective education

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-07-25 10:00:24 GMT
    We say it often, but if West Virginia is going to reach its enormous potential, we will need a dynamic, robust educational system that challenges and prepares our people for the rigors of life in the 21st century.
    We say it often, but if West Virginia is going to reach its enormous potential, we will need a dynamic, robust educational system that challenges and prepares our people for the rigors of life in the 21st century.
  • Can we be realistic on roads?

    Can we be realistic on roads?

    Friday, July 18 2014 7:00 AM EDT2014-07-18 11:00:54 GMT
    Building and maintaining roads should not be a political issue. In fact, it should be pretty straightforward. Potholes need filled, drainage ditches need cleaned, the highways need striped — while it might be painstaking and expensive, the overall concept is pretty simple.
    Building and maintaining roads should not be a political issue. In fact, it should be pretty straightforward. Potholes need filled, drainage ditches need cleaned, the highways need striped — while it might be painstaking and expensive, the overall concept is pretty simple.
  • Looking the other way perpetuates criminal politics

    Looking the other way perpetuates criminal politics

    Friday, July 11 2014 10:46 AM EDT2014-07-11 14:46:55 GMT
    Former Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for his role in a political scheme that has dominated headlines for nearly a year and shined a bright light on one part of the state’s tangled web of public corruption.
    Former Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for his role in a political scheme that has dominated headlines for nearly a year and shined a bright light on one part of the state’s tangled web of public corruption.

Last week, we said goodbye to one of our state's great business leaders and philanthropists. James H. "Buck" Harless died at age 94. A native of Gilbert, Harless founded International Industries Inc. in 1947, and became a major entrepreneur with significant holdings in mining, timber and manufacturing. A member of West Virginia Coal Hall of Fame, West Virginia Business Hall of Fame and the 2006 recipient of The State Journal's Who's Who in West Virginia Business Lorenelle White Lifetime Achievement Award, Harless was passionate about this state. He donated millions to the Mingo County community he called home and was a vital supporter of higher education across the state.

Harless was a shining example of what hard work and dedication can do. He came from poverty, but he never let his humble beginnings keep him from achieving great things. He was on a first-name basis with presidents and international business leaders, but he never forgot the state where he made his fortune. Our history is littered with robber barons who came here, exploited our resources and left like a thief in the night. Not Buck Harless. His legacy will live on for generations and his contributions will last a lifetime.