en Republican Party platform a regression <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> A political revolution has happened, but not as Bernie Sanders imagined. By nominating Donald Trump as its standard bearer, the Republican Party has finalized its self-destruction as the party of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. Exit stage right: the GOP. In with the MUP: the Party of Mean and Ugly.</p> Vox <p> <strong>County cuts need management</strong></p> <p> Editor:</p> <p> The recent county order to department heads to make 10 percent cuts per year in response to the closing of the Henderson Mine, which will cause a loss of 70 percent of the county&rsquo;s property-tax revenue, is a good start.</p> <p> But 10 percent across-the-board cuts is not real management. It does not set overall priorities on spending or differentiate departments that perform well from those that do not.</p> Election is about contrasting styles, agendas <p> After a million casualties for the British and French forces in World War I, First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill in 1915 proposed a risky venture to change their fortunes. It would become known as Gallipoli, so named for the Gallipoli Peninsula on the northern side of the Dardanelles that connects the Black Sea with the Mediterranean.</p> <p> By May, the venture turned into a complete disaster, and Churchill was discredited and demoted. But Gallipoli isn&rsquo;t what we remember Churchill for; rather we remember him for his resolute leadership during World War II.</p> Americans should admit past mistakes <p> America is a beautiful country. The song says so. Donald Trump says so, or at least it will be if he&rsquo;s elected president. But we&rsquo;re talking different types of beauty: natural versus people.</p> Vox <p> Concerns about county services</p> <p> after Henderson Mine closes</p> <p> Editor:</p> <p> I have to write with my concerns regarding the future closure of the Henderson Mine and the distribution or lack of distribution of funding by the county.</p> <p> It is unfortunate that we find ourselves in this situation now since the former commissioners were derelict in their duties not to make their county prepared for the situation, but politicians being what they are, this should be no surprise.</p> Time for Americans to look at ourselves <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <em>&ldquo;The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,<br /> </em></p> <p> <em>But in ourselves, that we are underlings.&rdquo;<br /> </em></p> <p> <strong>&mdash; from &ldquo;The Tragedy of Julius Caesar&rdquo;<br /> </strong></p> <p> It seems to be easier to fall into despair than to hold hope when considering the current clime in America. I recall Ronald Reagan projecting an optimistic perspective in a time of tremendous crisis by calling it &ldquo;morning in America.&rdquo;</p> The country that we have become <p> &ldquo;How is it possible that suffering that is neither my own nor of my concern should immediately affect me as though it were my own, and with such force that it moves me to action?&rdquo;</p> <p> &mdash; Arthur Schopenhauer, &ldquo;On the Basis of Morality&rdquo;</p> Vox <p> <strong>When will the county get it about Henderson?</strong></p> <p> Editor:</p> <p> I am not surprised that Henderson Mine officials are saying &ldquo;no&rdquo; to being taxed for most of a new $4.65 million health clinic. They have given generously in the past, such as the rec center renovation. But it is common sense: If Henderson was enjoying enough of a profit to be generous, then why would it be preparing to shut down here?</p>