Laura Hale | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Laura Hale 
Member since Feb 12, 2013

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Re: “Two Brothers Tavern

My friend and I had a wonderful meal at Two Brothers this weekend! We were in Middlebury for the day and were dining mid-afternoon, and the staff was really friendly and attentive. We made a meal out of an order of poutine (Hooray for vegetarian poutine!) a pretty fantastic beet, walnut, blue cheese, and arugula salad, and a couple of glasses of wine. We both agreed that it was the perfect meal for a rainy, chilly day. We'd go back again the next time we're in town without hesitation.

Posted by Laura Hale on 05/06/2014 at 4:15 PM

Recent Comments

Re: “Pending Town Meeting Approval, Healthy Living Aims to Build Store in Shelburne

It's worth hearing the experiences of past and present Healthy Living workers when talking about them expanding:…

19 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Laura Hale on 02/02/2019 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Walters: VTGOP Donor Gives Big Bucks to Anti-Trans Massachusetts Initiative

I don't understand. I just can't understand why someone would work so hard to make the lives of people who already have to deal with so much crap just to survive even harder. Making up lies about predatory trans people to validate irrational fears may not be illegal but it's sure has heck immoral. Being trans is already exhausting, expensive, and full of dealing with other people's bigotry. Why? Why do people fight to make it legal for a trans person to be turned away from the ER if they're having a medical emergency, or be denied housing, or a job? Why? There are real problems out there, like 40 million Americans living below the poverty and 100 million living near the poverty line (a THIRD of our country), that need to be addressed. Go throw money at that.

32 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Laura Hale on 10/26/2018 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Super Volunteer Laura Hale Grows Community in Burlington's Old North End

I guess I was being naive when I hoped that the message of this piece would be that we all need to support each other, not judge each other for how many kids one has and your perception of what resources they have. Please don't use this profile of my work as an opportunity to make statements about personal responsibility. The truth is that you can have all the resources in the world when you have kids and then lose everything in a crisis. That's why knowing each other is so important. You need to see people as the complex, beautiful messes we all are and not make a judgement based on someone's worst day.

14 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Laura Hale on 09/05/2018 at 5:27 PM

Re: “Super Volunteer Laura Hale Grows Community in Burlington's Old North End

Hey @BDE - Laura Hale here, and thanks for the kind words. Fortunately I am surrounded by many people who love and support me, so all the care is taken care of! And the people I know who have less resources and are parents are pretty amazing at it, and are raising kids who are kind, compassionate, and wonderful members of the community. If we really want to turn it around, and support all folks who are struggling (which is sadly a very large percentage of Vermonters), we need to have affordable housing and jobs that offer a liveable wage. And supportive communities who rally around people when crises hit. Resiliency and the ability to live lives that aren't a daily struggle to make ends meet require a whole lot of people coming together and being there for each other, especially when it's not easy or convenient. To put it simply, we need to care about our neighbors as much as we care about ourselves and then a whole lot of decisions about resources become easier and more equitable.

9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Laura Hale on 09/05/2018 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Burlington Cops Debunk Viral Video of Man 'Shooting Up Heroin'

Before anyone questions whether or not he was making up a condition, it's called diabetes insipidus and is a disorder that affects the way your body controls fluids. He was most likely injecting desmopressin.

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Laura Hale on 08/23/2018 at 4:08 PM

Re: “EPA Investigates Contaminated Soil in Burlington's Old North End

Does anyone know what happens if they determine that there are wide swaths of the ONE that are contaminated? Is there any funding for remediation?

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Laura Hale on 08/08/2018 at 9:52 PM

Re: “Does Vermont Have Too Many Nonprofits?

I have spent 18 years in the nonprofit sector here in VT. I can say that without a doubt the answer is not to reduce staff and rely on volunteers, as Greg Cox asserted. We're mostly very underpaid and overworked people to begin with, and having less paid staff and more volunteers, which take a whole lot of extra time to manage and who turn over frequently, is completely unsustainable. This may be an unpopular view, but what needs to happen is that state and federal government reinvest in all the services they've cut so that the bulk of the mission based work in VT doesn't have to fall on the backs of organizations that have to piece together bare bones budgets every year to get by. We cannot continue to nickle and dime necessary services that help the state's most vulnerable people and environments and then wonder why everything is falling apart. You want less nonprofits and more collaborations? Fine. Fully fund the efforts and a lot of us can stop trying to appeal to rich donors who have never been in our shoes. We can stop just scraping by while helping others who are also scraping by.

16 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Laura Hale on 07/06/2018 at 10:09 AM

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