Mount/Mustang News Jan. 28, 2014 email exchange

Donal Mount
As stated on Page 1A of the Jan. 30, 2014 issue of the Mustang News, the following are Jan. 28, 2014 email communications between Ward 6 Councilman Don Mount and Mustang News Editor Traci Chapman. See the News’ Thursday edition and the related story for more information.

(Emails are exactly as sent/received)

—–Original Message—–
From: Traci Chapman [mailto:tchapman@mustangnews.info]
Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 9:41 AM
To: d.mount@cox.net
Subject: Additional Questions
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> Mr. Mount,
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> I have a couple of additional questions as I wrap up my story for publication on Thursday.
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> 1. I have reviewed a large bulk of the letters you have submitted to > city officials and have found there are many allegations of wrongdoing, but they seem to be generally rather unspecific and I am unaware of any actions taken against anyone at the city for wrongdoing? Are there specific allegations you are making against anyone? If so, could you please detail these and advise what backup information you have?
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> 2. I understand you took no part in hiring City Manager Timothy Rooney (did not participate in his interviews, etc.). Is there a reason why you did not participate in this process? Is the hiring of a city manager something all members of the council should be a part of?
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> 3. You seem quite critical of Mr. Rooney and Interim City Manager Justin Battles, both in the statements made in your letters, as well as the tone with which I’ve heard you address them at council meetings? Do you have specific objections to the performance of these individuals?
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> 4. Why did you vote against the purchase of the five new police cars at last council meeting?
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> If you could please respond sometime today, I would be most appreciative. I apologize for not sending this email yesterday; we’ve had several breaking news items that I had to address before I got back to this story.
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> Thank you,
> Traci Chapman
On 2014-01-28 13:33, Don Mount wrote:
> Dear Ms. Traci Chapman:
> I am delighted to talk with the press and I will again answer your questions.  I am sorry that you missed your other deadline on 1/21/14 when you emailed me with your questions and were on a deadline then.  I am pleased that you have “reviewed a large bulk of my letters”.  I am disturbed about your so-called “findings of many allegations of wrongdoing” in my letters, however I am also pleased to know that you have the qualifications to “render these kinds of judgments”  I shall continue to exercise my rights as to free speech and if any public officials makes a statement or publishes a statement that I choose to question, I shall do so.  I also notice your ability to use words like “generally rather unspecific” in classifying words or things that you accuse me of having said.  I am sure that perhaps you are unaware of a lot of things because I have not observed your being around for any length of time.  In your second numbered paragraph I must tell you that “again” you are terribly wrong in your so-called “understanding” with respect to hiring City Manager Timothy Rooney.  I was a part of that process to a point.  In your vast accumulation of “my letter” you should find one dated April 30, 2013 to Mr. Battles wherein I told him I could not be available.  Also on that same day, at 6:35 p.m. Mr. Battles called me about the special meeting for that day.  I will not detail every event relative to this matter but one such major happening was the fact that my wife was having “strokes” and of course I shall always make that My first priority. I am terribly sorry if this does not please you.  I am also displeased with the inference of your third numbered paragraph.  Your ability to detect my being critical of anyone and my “tone” are simply amazing.  I have lived with my dear wife for over fifty-eight years and she still does not have that ability.  I know that you must be an amazing, intelligent young lady to have acquired all of the skills and attributes that you have published in your email today. In your fourth paragraph, your bold and  positive statement is totally without merit, but to answer your question. Statements made in the commentary give reason.  The documents give reason.  The lack of documents give reason and further I do not choose to make full disclosure of all things at this time.  I sure hope that the timing of my email back to you will again meet todays time frames for you because each time they are urgent.  I am glad to learn how busy that you are with all of the breaking news items and I can tell that only you could “address them”.  In closing I will tell you that my thoughts with respect to serving the citizens of Mustang is to gather information and makeing it available to them.  I have every right to request records according to law.  I might suggest to you that you make the acquaintance of professor Joey Senat, Ph. D. OSU School of Journalism and Broadcasting.  I look forward to many more encounters with you.
> Good Luck
> Don Mount
—–Original Message—–
From: Traci Chapman [mailto:tchapman@mustangnews.info]
Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 1:18 PM
To: Don Mount
Subject: RE: Additional Questions
>Dear Mr. Mount,
>I am sorry about your wife’s strokes. I hope she has recovered.
>
>Traci Chapman
——– Original Message ——–
Subject: RE: Additional Questions
Date: 2014-01-28 17:06
From: “Don Mount” <d.mount@cox.net>
To: <tchapman@mustangnews.info>
Dear Ms. Chapman:
>Thanks and no she has not recovered, as if you really care.  You failed to mention the rest of my response so I assume that it passed your critical analysis.  I can hardly wait until Thursday when your publication comes out.
>Good Luck
>Don Mount