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: “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.

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

Re: “What Gives? Local United Way Chapter Revamps Its Funding Process

Is the united way working with the agencies it de-funded to help them find other philanthropic resources to replace the dollars they are not receiving? It seems like that would be a necessary part of de-funding agencies that they know rely on them to keep doors open so that the most vulnerable in the community get hit. Say what you want about the equity of the system and the need to diversify funding, but the united way created it and holds some of the responsibility to do this in a way that does not leave people who use the existing services in the lurch while the funding changes.

7 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Laura Hale on 05/30/2018 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Muslim Teen Poets Invited to Elks Club — Which Called the Cops

White friends - STOP CALLING THE COPS WHEN BROWN AND BLACK PEOPLE MAKE YOU NERVOUS. Just stop. You don't even have to fully understand why, though there is this wonderful thing called "google" that can help you figure it out. Just stop. I remember having conversations with Mike Schirling 10 years ago and him telling me about people who would call BPD because more than one brown kid was in Roosevelt Park at the same time. And it's still happening. We have to be better than this!

94 likes, 26 dislikes
Posted by Laura Hale on 05/08/2018 at 3:16 PM

Re: “Vermonters Increasingly Turn to Crowdfunding for Health Care Help

It seems fitting and deeply sad to share this Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. quote on the 50th anniversary of his murder. "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane". I spent three years running a coalition of free clinics in VT and know first hand how bad it is out there. It has to change. People are literally dying, right here in VT, because they can't access affordable care.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Laura Hale on 04/04/2018 at 6:14 PM

Re: “Burlington's 5-Year-Old Early Ed Initiative Has Yet to Take First Steps

The message from many of the providers of infant and toddler care for years has been that they need the state to increase the subsidy it pays per child from low-resource families. When the state has subsidy rates that are based on market rates in 2008 and haven't been raised, childcare centers that don't have a majority of families paying full rate for slots are stuck trying to make ends meet through fundraising and grants and many are just barely getting by. If these grants hadn't been tied strictly to expansion and had been available for operating costs, professional development, or just plain been more flexible, they would have had plenty of applicants. When child care centers are struggling to meet their existing budgets, how are they supposed to make a $50,000 one year grant work to expand? It would be great if some of the energy of the Early Learning Initiative had been directed toward working with the state to make subsidies actually do what they are supposed to do.

19 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Laura Hale on 03/28/2018 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Health Group Chair Says She Was 'Silenced' by Scott Administration

"Secretary of Human Services Al Gobeille, whose agency recommended the cut, said he understood Palumbo's frustration but was disappointed that she had chosen to step down.

"She should stay there and fight with me because that's healthy," he said, calling Palumbo "an amazingly dedicated" person. "You gotta stay in the game and keep pounding."

I am so tired of that sentiment. Fighting isn't the way advisors and agency heads should be working together. Respecting opinions and working in a collaborative way to best serve Vermonters is. This isn't a cage match. It's the health and welfare of the people in our state.

42 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Laura Hale on 03/15/2018 at 3:10 PM

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