“He Said/She Said” ~ But We Were There!
It’s rare that I either have the time or the inclination to personally respond to individuals who take issue with what we publish and question the depth of our convictions. Most assaults come from phony email addresses and are only meant to damage or demean with four letter words used in rants; so it goes for the opposition. But today I received an email from a woman who claims to be the wife of one of the “ranchers” who set upon the female observers, last week, at the Twin Peaks debacle. Being that I was there, listened, recorded, photographed and elected to disengage during the conversation I feel that it is necessary to respond to this individual, who will be known as “Linda” during this conversation.
I would like to make it perfectly clear, once again as Linda did not seem to get the point, we are not against ranching or the cattle industry in the United States. Nor are we “anti” any agricultural business as we are horse owners and in the business of being grass farmers ourselves. We buy our seed, fertilizer and feed at the same store and drive a yellow and green John Deere tractor while wearing a traditional straw hat. We are just dead set against the concept of welfare ranching, (letting your cows run free on our public lands for next to nothing), while my neighbor pays taxes for and is forced to maintain his personal property where his cows reside. It just is not fair. Plus, the welfare ranchers should be siding with us because once the wild horses are gone, the cattle go next. The issues are the same.
So onward with Linda’s letter regarding the magical appearance and engagement that took place during the Twin Peaks Stampede while the New York Times Reporter was present, last week. (Linda responded to the wrong post, by the way) Here is her letter in its entirety and I will attempt to answer from within.
Linda: Well, I am amazed how people view events differently.
R.T.: That’s what makes the world go around, ma’am, no insult intended.
Linda: The “Ranchers” visit to the BLM gather was quite interesting. My husband was one of the “ranchers” and believe it or not he and the other 2 were in fact ranchers, there be no need of quotations.
R.T.: Quotation marks in place so not to offend other ranchers as I am still not convinced that they represented the overall opinion or attitude of a broad base of law abiding American citizens. PLUS, one of the “ranchers”, that would be at least one of 3, was confirmed to be a BLM retiree, by the BLM.
Linda: That was the most spiteful and rude article about a serious event and well-intentioned people than I’ve ever seen.
R.T.: There was nothing more spiteful than a handful of men going out of their way during a highly emotional experience to attempt to discredit and discount the opinion of a group of women who were off on their own, minding their own business…I have the tape.
Linda: What is wrong with people having opinions from the other end. They went to see the gather as did you. They had every right to be there.
R.T.: They were truly from the other “end”, alright, the business end that produces the manure, not the truth from the “horse’s mouth” end. No problem with them being there, but their staged approach with the help of the BLM security person puts the entire scenario in doubt. The BLM PR people and sympathizers were set up under one tree, some distance away, and the handful of quiet women trying to document the event were alone in another area, these guys came over and began with insults and engaged these women with full intention of causing a problem…again, I have the tape and you can see the pictures here.
Linda: Yes, they may have known some of the BLM – as ranchers and BLM do talk and they have both been in this area for years. Susanville is not New York. We know people who are involved in some aspect of our business. Just as the ranchers could have been upset that you seem to know the NY Times guy.
R.T.: I know all about small rural towns, I live in one. Ever heard of the bustling metropolis of Magnolia, Texas? Our main, elite hot spot is the local diner and feed store. And for your information, I never spoke with the NYT reporter, I stayed away and not one of the women had ever met him before. Perhaps he gravitated to them because they were professional in their demeanor and used multi-syllable words when they spoke. No one was from NY but all of the ladies had traveled to witness this travesty at their own expense for the sake of the horses.
Linda: Neither my husband or the other two ranchers approached the NYT journalist. They talked to the photographer as he came up to them first. I am going to make sure that people with differing opinions see this web site.
R.T.: Where have your husband and the other boys been for all of the other days of the stampede? Funny that they just “happened” to show up on the day, and at the appropriate time, that the big city reporter showed up. Please, feel free to let your friends and family know about our site. We welcome them as we speak the truth and see through the smoke. As taxpaying American citizens we are all in this together and right now the BLM has the wool pulled over your eyes and maybe even prompted you to write this note, only you know that for sure.
Linda: Oh, by the way I think the Ranger may have been under the tree because it was quite warm that day and he was what they call “shading up”. Your drama is disgraceful.
R.T.: What is disgraceful is the fact that the Ranger in question sat in his air conditioned truck for days while that trap area was being used and only went down to “stand by” when he sent the “Ranchers” in. You know, there is a lot to fear from those educated and articulate wild horse women. Don’t want them getting the upper hand in discussion with the good ole boys, wouldn’t look correct now, would it?
With all due respect, Linda, you only know what you were told and you obviously bought it hook, line and sinker. That in itself speaks volumes, so when you next care to engage myself or any other advocate please ensure that you have your facts straight and being that you were not even present during this charade, your opinion carries no weight. Your active defense of your husband on issues that you have only garnered the alleged facts from his mouth is more of a tragedy and far more drama than any article I could possibly hope to write.
Please get your house in order before you throw rocks at mine.