The Montgomery Advertiser asked the follwing question of the candidates for governor in the June 6 primaries. (Note: Loretta Nall is not included because she has already secured the Libertarian nomination and so will not be participating in a primary)
"What do you see as the biggest issue facing the state, and how would you address it if elected? Please explain why."
Here is one outstanding response. For the full story click the above link.
Lyon: The biggest issue facing the state is that of illegal drug abuse amongst our children which leads to our children's death, bad health and increases juvenile crime.
Answer to problem: Legislation requiring all high school students, public and private to be subject to random drug testing and if student fails, child and parents must appear their county juvenile court judge for treatment of the child and parenting skills classes for the parents. If that fails, juvenile judges given broad discretion to end that family's drug abuse problem.
All one needs to do is follow the media to see why this, along with obesity, are Alabama's first and second problems, respectively. Drug abuse leads to juvenile crime. We're all adversely affected. Obesity leads to health problems that cost all Alabamians money in increased cost for health care. Most Alabamians who are healthy would rather be subjected to second hand smoke than to second hand fat, especially at the beach or swimming pool.