Happy Women’s month!

From the Editor’s Desk
Kathleen Gilluly
laurel Outlook Editor and General Manager
Thursday, March 11, 2021

• This month we celebrate women, and we should. Despite the naysayers out there and online, women have borne the brunt of the pandemic while they have always shouldered the burden of being the largest contributor to our economy.

Women supply our workforce by bearing and raising children and yet they still don’t earn as much to support their families as men. I don’t say that to belittle the contributions of men, but the real work of maintaining our society has always fallen to women. And, we need the resources to do our work adequately. We need equal pay, better childcare options, family leave and to have our voices heard.

Thanks to all the hardworking, driven women who (whether mothers or not), add value to our lives through their jobs, volunteer work and community involvement. You make all of our lives richer.

• Thanks to Sen. Tester for voting for the pandemic relief bill, which will help women in their struggles, lift children out of poverty and return daily Amtrak service to northern Montana.

• Shop local! There are more options then ever to support local businesses. Main Street is sporting two new coffee shops, Main Street Perk and Koo Beans (open early) and an antique shop, Uniquities, as well as the tried-and-true, Heidi’s Coffee Shop in front of Laurel’s Ace Hardware, Mountain Mudd on 1st St., and Blessed Beginnings, also on Main St.

• We don’t say it enough: There are still great places to eat in Laurel (although we’ve lost a few recently.) Fowl Play offers the best salad bar and wings around; Sid’s has the best clam chowder anywhere; KC’s Palace has hearty nachos and great Bloody Marys; The Dragon Palace has fantastic egg rolls and The Yogurt Shop has a yummy variety of treats! Don’t forget Redneck Pizza and the Laurel Golf Club serve wonderful food. Laurel is also home to Pizza Hut, Dominos, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Subway and Dickie’s, great places to get food on the go.

• The historic Laurel Trading Company building’s renovation appears to be almost complete and it looks great!

• The Outlook is featuring a new cartoon on our editorial page beginning this week. We hope you enjoy the humor of Bruce Quast!

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