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Saying goodbye to one of WV's most generous sons

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  • Business community must raise a voice against status quo

    Business community must raise a voice against status quo

    Friday, August 29 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-08-29 13:00:23 GMT
    As our state's business leaders gather at The Greenbrier this week for the 2014 West Virginia Business Summit, we hope they have a sense of urgency and realize what they must do to bring this state into the 21st century.
    As our state's business leaders gather at The Greenbrier this week for the 2014 West Virginia Business Summit, we hope they have a sense of urgency and realize what they must do to bring this state into the 21st century.
  • Lesson from Ferguson: Do not lose hope

    Lesson from Ferguson: Do not lose hope

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:00 AM EDT2014-08-22 12:00:24 GMT
    The images from Ferguson, Missouri, look like snapshots from a war zone. We still don't know why city police officer Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown, but we do know the fallout shines a glaring light on what happens when scores of people are disconnected from the American Dream.
    The images from Ferguson, Missouri, look like snapshots from a war zone. We still don't know why city police officer Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown, but we do know the fallout shines a glaring light on what happens when scores of people are disconnected from the American Dream.
  • Political bickering overshadows need for change

    Political bickering overshadows need for change

    Friday, August 15 2014 11:39 AM EDT2014-08-15 15:39:41 GMT
    New ideas and ways to move our state and nation forward are in short supply during this election season.
    New ideas and ways to move our state and nation forward are in short supply during this election season.

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.