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William Laney
William Laney is a contributing columnist for The Huffington Post, writing about politics, sports, and social issues. Laney is also the author of the critically-acclaimed "Homeless Isn't Hopeless". Born and raised in Wheeling, West Virginia, he attended West Virginia University for two years, majoring in journalism, before wanderlust took him wide-eyed into the real world. He worked in management for Loew's Theaters and Hotels in Washington, D.C., Wilmington, Delaware, and Buffalo, New York, before becoming General Manager of Jo-Mor Enterprises--a chain of 13 motion picture theaters in Western New York. From there he ventured into self-employment, with mixed results, in the fields of travel, food sales and service, and time share marketing. He moved to Florida in 1992, where he enjoyed some success, but also encountered health issues and problematic circumstances--actually enduring a period of homelessness. Laney now resides in north central Florida, where he continues his "life-long love affair with writing".

Entries by William Laney

Homelessness Down, But Poverty Up

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 3:14 PM

Any sign of improvement in the state of homelessness in these United States is welcome news, and the National Alliance To End Homelessness is out with both evidence of progress, and reason for hope, by way of its 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report.

According to the NAEH, homelessness...

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Is The NFL's Future In Doubt?

(13) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 3:14 PM

The National Football League's current popularity and profitability make it the envy of other professional team sports. In the America of today, pro football is king.

But what of tomorrow? Is there to be a continuation of this unbridled success? I think not.

The emergence of an unsolvable problem places...

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Deal With It Heat Haters -- Miami Is Here To Stay

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 6:03 PM

For NBA players and their partisan fans who hope to see the 2013-2014 Miami Heat deposed as champions, and as a result, disbanded, I have a message: cancel your dreams. Those who are envious of Heat success need not waste time relishing such a scenario. It ain't gonna happen.


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About the Debt Debacle & Jeb Bush

(5) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 5:45 PM

Now that the Democrats and Republicans have finally agreed on something -- that being to kick the can down the road, again, so as to give themselves a few more months, again, to put our fiscal house in order -- political pundits are assessing the damage from the government shutdown...

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Obamacare's Arrival -- and John Boehner's Departure

(2) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 4:22 PM

The only news yesterday, today and probably tomorrow about the ongoing shutdown of the federal government concerns the polarization of positions by the warring parties. And there is little of significance to report.

But two other developing news stories -- related to the shutdown -- provide material that could,...

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How Lucky to Be a Pirates Fan

(2) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 1:59 PM

It's a great feeling being a Pirates fan these days.

Pittsburgh's baseball Bucs have finally clinched a spot in the playoffs after two decades of futility that included the longest streak of consecutive losing seasons in North American professional sports history.

Pirates fans are lucky to have their small-market...

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About Obama's Peace Prize

(5) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 1:39 PM

Ever since the Nobel Peace Prize Committee surprised the world by giving the 2009 award to newly elected U.S. President Barack Obama, the selection has evoked controversy.

Early on, objections were based on the claim that it was too early; that the president had not yet any accomplishment worthy of...

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Is There a Liberal Supreme Court in Our Foreseeable Future?

(64) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 1:57 PM

Less than a year into our current president's second term, political pundits are already conjuring up predictive pictures of what America's political landscape will look like post Obama.

We are more than three years from the next presidential election; but nevertheless, the touts have begun handicapping a 2016 horse race...

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Homeless -- and Happy -- at Age 92

(3) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 4:46 PM

On Saturday, Michelangelo Giuseppe Peluso will be 92. And there are a couple of things especially noteworthy about his birthday.

Michelangelo is -- at age 92 -- homeless. But more important, Michelangelo is -- at age 92 -- a happy camper. And the words "happy camper" are appropriate, for they...

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Why Weiner and Spitzer Can Win

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 12:34 PM

The media is abuzz over the strong showings of Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer in the polls. It seems more probable than possible that come November Weiner will be the next New York City mayor, and Spitzer will be the comptroller.

That would be but a couple of years removed...

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The NBA Finals -- A Display of Sportsmanship and Class

(8) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 2:51 PM

Now and for always, conversations about the 2013 NBA Finals will hone in on the frantic finishes of games six and seven between the victorious Miami Heat and the oh, so close San Antonio Spurs.

The dramatic final moments of those contests gave us, arguably, the most exciting back...

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Memorial Day's Gamut Of Emotions

(1) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 5:06 PM

It's here again--that one-of-a kind national holiday that runs the gamut of emotions from sadness to gladness, from tears to laughter.

Once again, Memorial Day will have us pausing for somber remembrance, before launching us lightheartedly into the long-awaited summer season.

The weekend agenda in Washington, D.C. headlines Memorial...

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Will Lebron's Legacy Be One of Moral Greatness?

(5) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 5:21 PM

Immediately after game three of the just-concluded, often contentious Chicago Bulls/Miami Heat NBA playoff series, TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager asked Lebron James how he kept his head when all about were losing theirs.

Sager was referring to the emphasis on physicality, and the emotional outbursts, displayed by the...

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NBA Playoffs: The Mindsets of Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose

(3) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 7:15 PM

As the National Basketball Association readies itself for its "second season," Lakers living legend Kobe Bryant finds himself unexpectedly confined to an L.A. hospital following season-ending surgery for a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Meanwhile, Bulls MVP Derrick Rose is scrimmaging with Chicago teammates, but is declining game participation -- still...

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Obama's Crowning Achievement

(5) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 9:58 PM

With Barack Obama already four months into his second term, and with little more than two years remaining before lame duck status limits his effectiveness, it's not too early to ponder how history will judge his presidency.

What will future generations remember most about the Obama years? What will they...

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Alzheimer's Up Close and Personal

(1) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 10:26 AM

I know her well. I see my neighbor almost every day. Yet when I wanted to introduce her to a friend, I could not think of her name, and it was not until hours later that it came to me.

That's not the first time for such an embarrassing lapse...

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About First Dogs Barney & Bo

(1) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 9:15 AM

As a lover of animals, in general, and dogs, in particular, I took special note of the news stories in recent weeks about presidential pets Barney and Bo.

Sadly, the media coverage about Barney concerned his passing. The nation's First Dog during George W. Bush's presidency died Feb....

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The Best Place for Biden Come 2016

(3) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 3:50 PM

The bitter partisan divide in Congress was on full display this week, when retiring secretary of state Hillary Clinton appeared before Senate and House committees investigating the tragic loss of American lives during the attack on our diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last September.

Some Republicans went beyond the posing...

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Cory Booker Should Run For The U.S. Senate

(1) Comments | Posted January 19, 2013 | 11:55 AM

On December 20, Cory Booker filed the paper work that made it official. The Democratic Mayor of Newark, New Jersey is exploring the possibility--thinking seriously--about running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by fellow Democrat Frank Lautenberg.

The idea of Booker running while Lautenberg still serves does not...

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Dr. King's Dream a Work in Progress

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 10:40 AM

This year, Martin Luther King's birthday has a special feel about it

For one thing, this year is also the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. And his words still inspire the hope that one day all people will be judged "not by the color of...

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