A consequential moment for energy policy is at hand

Edward Cross | The Kansas City Star

We stand at a critical juncture in the life of our nation and our state. We face what could be a very consequential election cycle. In addition, uncertainties in energy market dynamics create challenges for companies and citizens. Such developments have a profound impact on every American citizens.

Due to political agendas targeting oil and natural gas production, federal and state debate over taxes, regulatory issues, and energy policy often puts the oil and gas industry in the crosshairs. Also, small vocal groups of activists across Kansas and the nation continue to work to obstruct energy development under a false belief that oil and gas production and use are incompatible with environmental progress. Mischaracterizing oil and gas activity has been and continues to be a common practice and strategy for these groups.

Increasing taxes and regulations results in fewer jobs because businesses spend their resources on tax burdens and regulatory compliance instead of job creation. When tax expenditures and regulatory costs increase more than the real economy, the results are destructive to economic growth.

Trump administration energy policies have given our economy a substantial boost by encouraging, rather than blocking, the development of America’s vast energy resources, and by stopping the propagation of unnecessary and endless regulations that burden businesses. As a result, the economy is in a sweet spot with steady growth and broad improvement in the labor market. Going forward, the Trump administration has proposed a number of revised regulations that favors President Trump’s energy dominance agenda over duplicative and punishing regulations.

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Larry Dean Taylor Obituary

Larry Dean Taylor, 79, of Sesser passed away on September 26, 2018, at Parkway Manor in Marion.  He was born on May 24, 1939, in West Frankfort, IL, to Ralph Henry and Altha “Billie” (Clark) Taylor.  He married Bonnie Ellen (Legendre) Taylor on July 12, 1980, and she survives of Sesser.

He graduated from Goode-Barren Township High School in Sesser and Decatur Barber School.  He also served his country in the Illinois National Guard for six years.

Larry was a longtime barber in Mt. Vernon, Waltonville, Ashley, and Sesser.  He invented the “Taylor Vac”, a vacuum system for barbershop haircuts which was used by many shops in Southern Illinois.  He was also the founder and president of Southern Illinois Oil Investments, Inc., an oil production company.

He was a member of the Webbs Prairie FWB Church until its closure and then attended Bear Point FWB Church.

Larry enjoyed camping, Civil War re-enacting, driving his antique cars, and wood carving.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, a son Alan Dean (Lisa) Taylor of Mt. Vernon; a daughter Jennifer Lynn Taylor of Benton, her fiancé Kirk Hayes of Kell; a nephew Rick (Sue) Taylor of Woodlawn; and two grandsons Raini and Bodi Hawkins of Phoenix, Az.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Michael Ray Hawkins, a brother Donald R. Taylor, and a sister-in-law Peggy Taylor.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 29, in Sesser with Brother Larry Cook and Brother Merle Fullerton officiating.  Burial was at Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Bear Point Free Will Baptist Church in Sesser.

Larry was a longtime member of the IOGA and operated wells in Jefferson and Franklin Counties.