LETTER TO THE EDITOR
‘Dismantle the Joint Tourism Organization’
by Romey Glenn
Sep 02, 2010 | 1532 views | 11 11 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The recent Mountain Village survey findings of second homeowner attitudes toward the environment, climate change and affordable housing signal, more clearly than ever before, it is way past time Telluride severed all ties with Mountain Village. Get this, Mountain Villagers just confessed to being less concerned than before about ecosystem health, rising sea levels and where, exactly, their service people come from!  

The people who moved in over the ridge have abused the word Telluride left and right since Mr. Allred took over the region's tourism 25 years ago, of course, but here a telling low: that same homeowners association recently plopped a "Telluride" in front of it: TMVOA. There's not a thing Telluride about it, but apparently they're so embarrassed by their value structure, they do all they can to hide the fact that Mountain Village is a distinct as well as alien place. Wouldn't it be refreshing to see Mountain Village, Telluride, stand alone, market itself alone, tell the world exactly what Mountain Village stands for, and invite its kind of people to their kind of place. And leave Telluride the hell alone.

Please join me in beseeching our ten elected officials to dismantle the joint tourism organization immediately, and eliminate the four 'Come for a Night, Stay a Lifetime' tourism subsidies (totaling over $2,000,00 per year) that our governors funnel to a private industry whose ingratitude and callousness towards local values know no bounds.

– Romey Glenn
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if u only knew
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September 03, 2010
Folks pay no attention to this if you knew this character you would realize is a complete waste of time to try to get across any point to him. This is his over a century old rhetoric that is senseless and useless. If Roomey thinks in his right mind any business owner wants to stop marketing the region and switch to his narrow minded strategy he is out of his mind. Go and find me 1 lodger that would subscribe to this belief, never going to happen. This is not your money to speak 4, and you do not speak for the business community from a long shot. As Stated most your comments are incorrect anyway.
destroy intolerance
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September 03, 2010
I won't even address the marketing comment or tmvoa as they are simply false. Tmvoa is not a marketing organization and no one uses the tagline you mention. No marketing organization has 2m budget in this region either. As far your notion that Telluride is better somehow than mountain v is an intimate glimpse into short sightedness and intolerance that breeds this type of ignorance. The fact is, you are extremely misinformed in the points you have made

I recommend you come up here and get to know mountain village residents before you blindly make judgements of us. Myself, I serve on many boards and volunteer to make a difference. It is easy to sit on the sidelines, complain and make demands but I recomend you co-exist with your nieghbors and create peace in the valley.

I love that..
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September 03, 2010
being green ... people coming to Telluride Mountain Village literally produce billions of pounds of carbon pollution...

Literally.

Yet we pat ourselves on the back for banning plastic bags..

Gotta love the hypocrisy here..
FaceOnMars (nli)
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September 03, 2010
I wholeheartedly agree about not posting mean spirited or vicious attacks toward other individuals; however, the directive to "Keep it happy when posting here please !!" it a bit Orwellian for my taste.

the problem
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September 03, 2010
Romey.

It is sad that you feel so negativly about Telluride and Mountain Village and I agree with the post that it is this attitude that hurts both our communities. Liked it or not, we are connected and it is the bedbase in mv that keeps my store open. It is the funds from mv that keep the visitors coming and thank god for that. The visitors board does not make any mention to the marketing campaign you bring up and to market the 2 towns seperatly takes us back to the disfunctional resort we had when the 2 towns hated each other. It would seem you would like to return to lower visitor numbers and poor separate efforts, been there and failed at that. I think your attitude would change drastically if you walked a day in businness owners shoes. As one I am thrilled mv is providing rooms for visitors to stay, marketing the resort and keeping my kids fed. I know your agenda is that you should be the head of telluride marketing and you want to market it green. Take a look around and you will see mv is more green than telluride, buying renewable energy, better recyling program, litter and dog poop free, ect.. Your wish is coming true telluride is returning to a state of disfuntion and the towns tax dollars are failing as mv grows and this attitude only furthers pain to working telluride residents.
Divided we fall
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September 03, 2010
Whatever happened to the tolerance Telluride once had for conflicting opinions? The hate spewed fron these forums is not Telluride as it once was, it is just seven people who are angry, lonely and sad.
Thanks, Dave...
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September 03, 2010
or SayWhat...

Romey may be a crank but she isn't false...

And what she says about TMVOA and TMV..is well documented and there is even a movie.."the Lost People of Mountain Village"; it is a great anthropological study about these mystery people who spend three years sweating over the design and construction of a huge mountain home and never come back ..or only for a week or two..

Yes, some of them have 17 toilets in them...

Yes, Lost People
Keeping it happy !!
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September 02, 2010
Keep it happy when posting here please !!

Telluride is resort community whose economy depends on tourists and their dollars - people from all over the world read this newspaper (yes, it's true). Too much negativity, in your comments, simply scares away the tourists, lowers tax revenues, hurts the economy and jobs, and lowers real estate prices. When making comments here, kindly exercise appropriate Internet etiquette. Telluride is the best place, and has the best people - this is the message that should be sent out to the world. So, please be polite and avoid messages that are angry, and do not say anything that you would not want your mother to read; please do not post if you have been drinking, and please do not post a comment if you are a troll, crank, or drive-by commenter; and take care to avoid anything that is not in the true spirit of the Telluride lifestyle, and community togetherness. After all, Telluride is the "best place" with the "best people" so let's all get together and keep it that way !! And remember, people (potential customers) from all over the world are reading your posts. So kindly keep it happy !!
Get a job
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September 02, 2010
Romey when was the last time you were gainfully employeed? What could you possibly know about work or how workers feel. I know you would be fine if we did not have a ski resort but the rest of us work for a living and have a right to. Perhaps you should donate your trust fund to buy mountain village back and you can do with whatever you would like with it. In the meantime spare us your misunderstandings. No one has marketed Telluride as come for a day and spend a lift time for 15 years. If you are refering to Marketing Telluride Inc. they have a budget just over a million and do a heck of a lot with that money, thier tag line is just don't escape, transcend. Does that not fit Telluride? When was the last time you opened a visitor guide or picked the ski resort's brochure, which is unmacthed in N. America. You are not even living in the same century. As far as revoking telluride from mountain village use, I would argue it has been mountin village and the ski resort that put telluride on the map in the national arena. You may not want the recognition but that is the reality. You should at least get a few facts correct before taking such a grand stage.
yesitsme
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September 02, 2010
Their service people come from Mexico, and you have to come all the way from Norwood. Yee ha. Love them MV folks. See they don't want some whiny American "providing service" for them (especially a leftist Telluridian). They want someone that will bend over and take it. Get a clue!!
same ole..
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September 02, 2010
...Yawn... Can I have my 60 seconds back for reading this?