In the wake of the Boston bombings, many people have praised the work of police, who killed one suspect and arrested a second after conducting a door-to-door search in one part of the city, but here in Virginia a civil liberties watchdog is raising questions.
The head of the Rutherford Institute says Boston became a police state, and Americans abandoned their constitution.
A study by the George Mason University Mercatus Center ranks Virginia 8th among the 50 states in overall freedom.
Analysts examined a wide range of public policies and categories to create an index that measures both personal and economic freedoms.
The authors admit that views vary about what constitutes freedom, so they posted the raw data online to enable other analyses. Co-author and Assistant Professor of Political Science Jason Sorens is from the University of Buffalo. He ranks Virginia 6th in economic freedom.
A monument to honor the achievements of Virginia’s women will be erected on Capitol Square once the funds are raised from private sources.
The monument is said to be the first of its kind in the nation… and will join the legendary statues of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and other historic icons on the grounds of the State Capitol.