The candidates running for Reading mayor, some of them anyway, got together for a debate this week, and the morning newspaper was there. The front-page story was an exercise in confusion and obfuscation and not telling the readers much of anything about why Wally Scott, the presumptive front-runner, has so many fans — chanting "Wal-ly, Wal-ly, Wal-ly," in "reporter" Don Spatz's distinctive punct-u-ation — while others loathe him like Lucifer
For instance, there are these odd sentences, referring to rival Jeffrey S. Nein:
He also tried to attack Scott, partly for taking his district judge salary after he was removed from the bench years ago. But despite the microphone, his accusations couldn't be heard over the raucous fans.
Well why ever would candidate Wally Scott be removed from his post as district judge "years ago"? Was he accused of some crime? Was he acquitted or convicted (or convicted then acquitted)? How many "years ago" is years ago? Why is this thing about "taking his district judge salary" still a thing? Whatever is going on here? Please tell.
Nothing to report on here, keep moving.
The issue is dropped like a Dan Kelly's reporter's notebook when he sees a nice, big sandwich.
Thank you Reading Eagle for another job well done.