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Vermont
Economy
Bureaucracy
Climate

  May 31, 2020   John Klar
In recent decades American government has developed a penchant for "sin" taxes of v...

Press Release
Vermont
Politics

  May 29, 2020   John Klar
Brookfield, Vermont, May 29, 2020: Republican candidate for Governor John Klar contacted incumbent Governor Phil Scott on May 22 to insist upon public debates during the 202...

Vermont
Economy
Climate

  May 28, 2020   John Klar
When the Vermont legislature next meets, there’s a good chance a new gas tax will be passed to penalize consumers for their carbon emissions. But is such a measure constitutio...

Press Release
Vermont
Politics

  May 26, 2020   John Klar
Brookfield, Vermont, May 26, 2020: On May 27 at 10 AM at the Vermont State House, Republican candidate for Governor John Klar will announce ten 2020 political candidates who ...

Vermont
Politics
Climate

  May 24, 2020   John Klar
Vermonters, many of your elected officials ignore the United States and Vermont Constitutions to achieve their goals. The desirability of policy goals NEVER outweighs the vi...

Food
Social

  May 22, 2020   John Klar
There is a growing trend in Europe and America toward veganism, a diet characterized by the avoidance of animal products. Many report health benefits from a plant-only diet,...

Vermont
Economy

  May 20, 2020   John Klar
Courts in at least five states have now weighed in on the constitutionality of their respective efforts to impose restrictions on fundamental liberties because of coronavi...

Vermont
Economy
Farming

  May 19, 2020   John Klar
Vermont’s Governor has made “economic growth” his highest priority. Vermonters should consider whether “economic growth” is a value worth sacrificing our communities and o...

Vermont
Economy
Bureaucracy

  May 18, 2020   John Klar
In high school biology class, we students undertook an experiment wherein we deposited a small number of flour beetles into a bag of flour, returning in a few days to ...

Vermont
Economy
Food

  May 15, 2020   John Klar
In the restaurant world, if the chefs run out of ingredients for a menu item, they inform the wait staff to “86 it” -- remove it from the menu.  The shutdown in Vermo...

Press Release
Vermont

  May 14, 2020   John Klar
Brookfield, Vermont, May 14, 2020: Republican candidate for Governor John Klar, an attorney, has issued a constitutional analysis which concludes that Governor Scott’s Execu...

Vermont

  May 14, 2020   John Klar
The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down that state’s COVID-19 stay-at-home orders because they “exceeded the executive branch’s authority.”  Vermont’s Governor Phil Scott ...

Vermont
Economy
Climate

  May 14, 2020   John Klar
The recent film “Planet of the Humans” documents numerous very real shortcomings with solar power as a solution for environmental degradation.  Controversial producer Mi...

Press Release
Vermont
Economy
Farming

  May 14, 2020   John Klar
Brookfield, Vermont, May 14, 2020: Republican candidate for Governor John Klar has issued a request for ample provision for Vermont’s dairy farmers from the $1.25 billion in ...

Vermont
Economy
Farming

  May 14, 2020   John Klar
Few business areas have been hit as hard by the coronavirus as farming, especially dairy farming. The International Dairy Foods Association predicts the dairy industry will ...

Vermont
Gun Rights
Politics

  May 13, 2020   John Klar
It is in the very nature of government to gamble with citizens’ money, I suppose. But our legislature has been gambling with much more than money – it is gambling our childr...

Vermont

  May 11, 2020   John Klar
In 1900, Vermont was mostly a patchwork of self-sufficient farmsteads. Tensions with the “developing world” arose early, as modern ideas and technology (often transported wi...

Vermont
Farming
Food
Social

  May 7, 2020   John Klar
My fondest childhood memories are of playing with my cousin Louis on our family’s Vermont farm. We chased cows and chickens, explored far reaches of the forest, investigated...

Press Release
Vermont
Bureaucracy

  May 5, 2020   John Klar
Brookfield, Vermont, May 5, 2020: Gubernatorial candidate John Klar has paid $3,244.28 to the Vermont Attorney General’s Office to view correspondence between that Office ...

Farming
Food
National Issues

  May 3, 2020   John Klar
The federal government and the President of the United States (POTUS) have too much power. I am not sure most Americans are aware of some of the things our federal governm...

Vermont
Farming
Food

  May 1, 2020   John Klar
I have been writing for years about the threat to Vermonters of a steadily growing dependency on a dangerously consolidated meat “industry.” Now those (antibiotic-saturated, ...

Vermont
Economy
Politics
Bureaucracy

  April 30, 2020   John Klar
In 1992, Ross Perot famously stated that NAFTA would cause a “giant sucking sound” as jobs and industries fled the U.S. for Mexico.  For years, progressive Vermont’s bloat...

Press Release
Vermont
Economy
Politics
Bureaucracy

  April 30, 2020   John Klar
Brookfield, Vermont, April 30, 2020: Vermont is reeling financially from the fallout from the COVID-19 crisis, with the state recently estimating a 2021 revenue shortfall...

Vermont
Economy
Politics
Climate

  April 27, 2020   John Klar
In a recent Opinion piece, Vermont “climate scientist” Alan Betts rejoiced at the world’s financial troubles, beginning with his title: “The global economy crumbles.” Hund...

Vermont
Economy
Climate

  April 24, 2020   John Klar
Some Vermont legislators (and November hopefuls) seek to impose a “carbon tax” on gasoline, diesel, propane and home heating fuel, because they believe it would reduce the s...

Vermont
Politics
National Issues

  April 23, 2020   John Klar
America has narrowed its political future to a single person. Our current President has become the lightning rod for our ideological rift; the razor’s ed...

Vermont
Economy
Healthcare
Social

  April 21, 2020   John Klar
It seems sensible to test sick people instead of healthy ones for Coronavirus. But that sensibility goes out the window when trying to assess when Vermont (or other states) ...

Press Release
Vermont
Economy
Healthcare
Social

  April 21, 2020   John Klar
Brookfield, Vermont, April 21, 2020: GOP Gubernatorial candidate John Klar calls for a randomized COVID-19 study which will help Vermont know when to reopen businesses. In...

Vermont
Politics
Bureaucracy

  April 20, 2020   John Klar
"Trickle-down economics" describes tax cuts for corporations, wealthy investors, and entrepreneurs intended to assist lower-income citizens by stimulating investment and econo...

Press Release
Vermont
Gun Rights

  April 18, 2020   John Klar
Brookfield, Vermont, April 18, 2020: GOP Gubernatorial candidate John Klar calls for recognition that gun sales are an “essential service” under the Governor’s Stay Home ...

Vermont
Farming
Food

  April 18, 2020   John Klar
Most Americans are not aware that the recall of meats from large industrial meatpackers is voluntary only. Generally these recalls involve thousands of tons of “product,” ...

Economy
Food

  April 16, 2020   John Klar
In chess, a “stalemate” happens when the player whose turn it is to move is not in check but has no legal move. This ends the game in a draw. In the global economic chessb...

Press Release
Vermont

  April 15, 2020   John Klar
Brookfield, Vermont, April 15, 2020: GOP Gubernatorial candidate John Klar calls upon the State of Vermont to take emergency measures to provide unemployment compensation pr...

Policy
Vermont
Economy
Farming

  April 14, 2020   John Klar
I summarize here a rather complex (yet simple) comprehensive proposal to boost Vermont’s economy, while also supporting farms and food production, attracting young peopl...

Vermont
Farming
Food

  April 13, 2020   John Klar
In this near-Orwellian time of social distancing, curve flattening, and “Stay Home, Stay Safe” orders, we are having even our smallest movements regulated and re...

Press Release
Vermont
Economy
Farming
Food

  April 10, 2020   John Klar
Brookfield, Vermont, April 10, 2020: GOP Gubernatorial candidate John Klar is urging Vermonters to contact their local CSA (Community-Supported Agric...

Healthcare
Politics

  April 4, 2020   John Klar
American exceptionalism is premised on an unparalleled elevation of personal liberty as paramount. The Declaration of Independence recites “life, li...

Vermont
Economy
Bureaucracy

  March 29, 2020   John Klar
Vermont’s legislators, like all of us, must process the threats of the coronavirus. But that stress is quite distinct from the rightful accountability for reckless legis...

Press Release
Vermont
Healthcare

  March 28, 2020   John Klar
Panicked New Yorkers are rushing into the Green Mountains for “protection” -- theirs, not ours. Their self-protection is now Vermont’s contagion. ...

Vermont
Economy
Politics

  March 25, 2020   John Klar
David Coates merits credit for sounding the alarm for years about the substantial underfunding patterns of the Vermont pensions. Most recently he was prescient in an article...

Vermont
Education
Bureaucracy

  February 25, 2020   John Klar
In 2013, Vermont held the distinction of having the lowest student-teacher ratio in the nation (10:1). This might be a good thing — if it were affordable. This bloat in sc...

Vermont
Politics

  February 21, 2020   John Klar
Last year, Xusana Davis was appointed by Vermont governor Phil Scott as the state's "first Racial Equity Executive Director." Davis, formerly of New York City's Department of...

Vermont
Politics
Bureaucracy

  February 4, 2020   John Klar
It’s official: Vermont’s government has been usurped by elitist bureaucrats who have decided that Constitutions, and voting, are annoying impediments to their enlightened over...

Vermont
Gun Rights
Bureaucracy

  January 29, 2020   John Klar
Most have heard the iconic threat (usually by a weakling, or braggart, in a comedy film) that “these hands are registered as deadly weapons.” As Vermont’s legislature moves ...

Vermont
Healthcare

  December 3, 2019   John Klar
OneCare Vermont is a novel effort to unify health care services in the Green Mountain State under what is called an “accountable care organization” (ACO). This experimental ...

Policy
Vermont
Healthcare
Social

  October 10, 2019   John Klar
Declining economic opportunity is one contributor to increased drug use, including in Vermont youth. In Vermont, opioid abuse has increas...

Policy
Vermont
Economy

  October 1, 2019   John Klar
Vermont’s pension programs are grossly underfunded. This problem has been swelling for years, and promises to get worse. John Klar boldly promises to tak...

Policy
Vermont
Education

  October 1, 2019   John Klar
Vermont’s schools are the foundation of community, both in the vital nurturing they provide our children, and in their attraction of new ...

About John

  October 1, 2019   John Klar
Elsewhere here, I have explained my work history, and my faith. Here I seek to relate my broader experience, especially as it relates to serving Vermont ...

About John

  October 1, 2019   John Klar
I am a pastor, and our culture (especially in Vermont) openly attacks Christianity and its followers as a sort of sad fad. It is important then that I ex...