Sheriff’s commitment to Constitution could benefit from education

Thank you for the story about Montezuma County Sheriff Dennis Spruell, who says “I still get tears in my eyes when I say the Pledge of Allegiance” (Herald, Feb. 19). He has vowed to defend the Constitution, and as a history professor, I appreciate that.

However, I’m surprised that he went to Las Vegas last month to learn about local law-enforcement officers and their constitutional responsibilities. We teach excellent U.S. history courses right here at Fort Lewis College, and he can learn a lot about the Constitution much closer to home.

We also have classes on American environmental history and wilderness courses. Federal wilderness became protected in 1964 as roadless areas “where man is a visitor who does not remain.”

Just like the Constitution, federal laws also are the will of the American people. Good luck to Sheriff Spruell. I look forward to meeting him some day on one of the many hiking trails on the Dolores District of the San Juan National Forest.

Andrew Gulliford