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“I DON’T READ YOUR STORIES”

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1/17/22  1:00 PM

By Carol Orr,

“I DON’T READ YOUR STORIES”

PRESIDENT BILL BURT REFERRING TO RANCH MATTERS.

After the Special Road District meeting last Wednesday 1/12/22, I happened to walk out on the Juniper Room Porch where a heated discussion between Bill Burt and Ranch Matters was occurring. Bill Burt was apparently angry. It was over a story in Ranch Matters, titled “Do Lives Matter?” The article was questioning the Badger Rd. December 26 lack of safety protocol. Burt had a little notebook which he pulled out a copy of that RM’s story, referring to the last paragraph. I guess that Burt does read RM’s after all. Burt referred to that article several times during the conversation.

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The subject of the Stevens/Stangland (false) trespassing order came up. I asked Burt why did it take so long for the false trespass order to be lifted. Burt’s answer was unresponsive, he would not address the issue. Burt was either being disingenuous, playing stupid, whatever. His over reaction to me is worth noting as well.

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I reminded him of the emails (2020) I had sent him, the Board, Director Jerry Cooper, Golf Liaison, and Randy Ballard the Golf Pro. Those emails were specific to the trespass order and that he should have been informed of both parties trespassed.

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Burt’s reply, “Are you calling me a liar?” A complete over reaction on Burt’s part. I assured him I was not calling him a liar. I did ask him, Why so defensive Bill?

The following day, I went to the trouble of retrieving said (2020) emails and hand delivered them to Administration to put into Burt’s mail box. No word on receipt of those.

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AN EXAMPLE OF HOW PRESIDENT BILL BURT HANDLES RESIDENTS CONCERNS

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Burt states, to me “I do not plan to discuss things that have been solved. The trespass is old news…..trying to work things out now that matter or will in the future.”

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Easy for him to say, he wasn’t the individuals trespassed. That false trespass order (which by the way went from April 2020-November 2021. Why, if our Board is so informed, did they allow that false trespass order to continue for so long? I replied that nothing is learned or solved when everything is memory holed. Someone much smarter than me once said,

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“we can’t move forward without recognizing the past.”

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Burt went on to say, I/me hit on the “same things over and over.” I suggested that to curtail my repetition and re-mail follow-ups, simply address my concerns on the first email. I told him that just ignoring me, hoping I will just go away “shut up, sit down” (Director Ebers), I don’t and won’t go away.

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After call me a “stooge” for Ranch Matters and referring to RM’s as “yellow journalism”, Burt then asks us to join forces with him and the Board. I declined, telling him I am on the truth’s side. Has this man no self-awareness? Mr. Burt, that is not a great way to get new recruits.

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Burt’s latest remark was 1/14/22,

“So do you have it all off your chest now so we can move on?”

How patronizing can this Ruler be?

It is worth noting the SRD does know how to conduct a meeting as opposed to Burt and his Rulers. Chair Haley and Director House were respectful and well informed, even referring to the Policy and Procedure Manual that Judy Lapora is Manager/First Responder. I suggested that he/Burt follow example.

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Mr. Burt, you say that you don’t read Ranch Matters, then how do you explain your reaction? You feel that the article is important enough to carry with you in your little note book and refer to. I am confused.

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Sweeping past issues under the rug, then proclaiming them “solved”, is in my opinion the reason committee and Directors behavior has escalated. And telling Stevens/Stangland that they should be thanking you/the Board for dropping the false trespass order, is just another example of you and your Rulers arrogance.

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MR. BURT, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO BE INFORMED.

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And just between the two of us Bill, admit it, you do read RM’s don’t you?

Carol Orr