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Feb 18, 2020 – Ranch Board Meeting Rebuttal

At the 1/20/20, Regular BOD MEETING, Ranch Director Bill Burt read aloud a prepared (Defamatory) statement that included many false, misleading and deceptive accusations against Ranch Matters Staff, Reports and or Comments, linking his remarks about Ranch Matters to “Hate Speech/Crimes.”

WE WERE NOT ALLOWED TO RESPOND

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At last night’s Ranch Board Meeting, John Stevens, from Ranch Matters addressed the Board and read from an abbreviated version of the below attached REBUTTAL:

Talking Points (Rebuttal)

AT THE JANUARY 20th, REGULAR BOARD MEETING, DIRECTOR BILL BURT READ FROM A PREPARED STATEMENT.
BURT’S STATEMENT WAS SLANDEROUS, MALICIOUS, DEFAMATORY, AND DIRECTED PERSONALLY AGAINST DAVE STANGLAND, JOHN STEVENS & THE RANCH MATTERS NEWS STAFF.

HIS STATEMENT WAS A PERSONAL ATTACK!

BURT’S STATEMENT INCLUDED MANY FALSE, MISLEADING & OUTRIGHT DECEPTIVE ACCUSATIONS AGAINST RANCH MATTERS REPORTS AND OR COMMENTS AND LINKED THEIR REPORTS TO “HATE SPEECH.”

BURT WENT ON EXPLAINING THE STEPS THE BOARD TOOK TO SHUT US UP (Stangland & Stevens) AND SHUT RANCH MATTERS DOWN THAT INCLUDED USING THE SHERIFF AS THEIR PERSONAL ENFORCEMENT ARM.

BURT STATED THE FOLLOWING: “AT ONE POINT IN THE PAST, THERE WAS A MEETING BETWEEN THE SHERIFF, DESCHUTES COUNTY ATTORNEY AND SEVERAL DIRECTORS.”

BURT CONTINUED: “ONE REASON FOR THE ABOVE MEETING, WAS TO RESEARCH WHETHER MEMBERS ATTENDING BOARD MEETINGS, COULD BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR COMMENTS.” AND ADDED: “ONE OF THOSE INSTANCES, INCLUDED HATE SPEECH.”

BURT GOES ON BY CONNECTING RANCH MATTERS TO NAZIS, ANTI-SEMITISM, VIOLENCE AND MURDER.

HE STATED, “ONE OF THE DIRECTORS AT THE TIME, IS JEWISH…AND COMMENTS MADE BY TWO RANCH MEMBERS, INCLUDING ONE OF THEM CALLING THE BOARD PRESIDENT, HITLER, BY SAYING HEIL HITLER AND ANOTHER YELLING, SEIG HEIL AT THE ENTIRE BOARD, INCLUDING THE JEWISH DIRECTOR.”

BURT THEN CONNECTS THE ABOVE BY IMPLICATION AND SAID: “SEVERAL VIOLENT INSTANCES INVOLVING JEWISH INSTITUTIONS HAVE BEEN IN THE NEWS LATELY.”

“THE VIOLENT INSTANCES INCLUDED MURDER.”

WHAT IS BURT TALKING ABOUT?

LAST AUGUST, RANCH MATTERS POSTED A STORY TITLED, “CALL THE GESTAPO” REGARDING THE RANCH BOARD’S RESOLUTION ABOUT BOARD MEETINGS AND A CODE OF CONDUCT.
THE CONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION PASSED IN SEPTEMBER.

THE GESTAPO STORY ADDRESSED HOW THE RANCH BOARD OF DIRECTORS CONTROLS ALL OFFICIAL AND NOT SO OFFICIAL COMMUNICATIONS PLATFORMS, INCLUDING:

*BOD MEETINGS
*MEETING MINUTES
*WEBSITE
*TELEGRAPH
*PHASE REPS
*SOCIAL MEDIA-ND & CRR CHAT

WE ASKED, “WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THOSE WHO CONTROL INFORMATION?”

THE STORY ENDED ON THE FOLLOWING NOTE, “TALKS LIKE A NAZI, WALKS LIKE A NAZI & GOVERNS LIKE A NAZI-THEN IT PROBABLY IS A NAZI.”

WE ADMIT WE USED THE TERMS HEIL HITLER AND SEIG HEIL AT A BOARD MEETING, BUT ONLY AS A WAY OF CONFIRMING THE BOARDS CONDUCT AS NAZI LIKE.

BOTTOM LINE, THE RANCH DIRECTORS CAN COMPLAIN, INSULT, HUMILIATE, SHAME, INTIMIDATE, DECEIVE AND THREATEN RANCH HOMEOWNERS WHILE AT THE SAME TIME RESTRICTING CERTAIN MEMBERS FROM DEFENDING THEMSELVES AND LABELING MEMBERS COMMENTS AS “HATE SPEECH.”

RANCH MATTERS STAFF
Dave Stangland & John Stevens