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

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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.

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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

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

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