COLUMN: Voters entrenched in partisan politics lose sight of community issues

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 1:04 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I have a young friend whose uncle is a one-issue voter. According to her, the man will vote for anyone who believes in people having as many guns of any kind as they want. His wife — her aunt — is a two-issue voter. She'll vote for anyone who is against abortion rights and homosexual unions. My friend says she feels uncomfortable with their indifference to all the other important issues facing their own community, such as the public school curriculum, her city council's stance on development or the quality of health care in local nursing homes.