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RECENT ROONEY COLUMN REALLY TAKES THE CAKE

Years ago, I had to conclude that Andy Rooney had become a whiny complainer, concerned only with the trivial matters that annoyed him. His op-ed columns were sometimes amusing, mostly boring, but not offensive -- until the Dec. 12 piece titled "Money, money, everywhere."

It was cruel and hypocritical. His remarks are to the effect that to have "quite a bit of money" is more trouble than having none. If you are young, struggling to make ends meet, living in substandard housing, unable to save for your children's education, be grateful! You don't, as Rooney does, have to worry about paying taxes on capital gains. Nor do you have to decide which charities are worthy of your support. There are so many of them, and sometimes their appeals to Rooney for help are not worded to suit him.

It's sad. Rooney has either become callous or stupid. Either way, can't The News use the space to better advantage?

JERRY RAIKEN

Williamsville

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