Not willing to let my mother pay such a price for Buckley's grandiose ambitions, I pled guilty to a lesser charge and received the horrendous punishment of ninety days' work release at the Denver County Jail. For ninety days, Monday through Saturday, I drove from my home on Table Mesa in Boulder to the jail, arriving at 11 p.m., and I would depart at 6 a.m. the following morning. Quite a punishment for such a dangerous criminal, wouldn't you say?

So, no, I was never "busted for holding up the Denver Zoo," as Westword mimicked. I was charged, a jury failed to convict, I pled to conspiracy, and I spent the next ninety days driving leisurely back and forth from Boulder to Denver. The actual robber walked away scot-free, his runaway girlfriend was returned to New Mexico, where she turned to prostitution as a career, and the local media has had fun with this story for more than a quarter-century. Have fun if you will (I like a good story as much as the next guy), but please, don't abandon truth altogether.

Clarke R. Watson

We Put Out
Happy New Year! If I ever need to find out what's going on in Denver, I don't pick up the Rocky Mountain News, Denver Post or any other such thing. My compliments to all the people in Westword's employ, including the researchers, writers and graphic designers who must put in lots of hours to put out the most informative, well-designed paper in Colorado. And this is free! Amazing.

Rob Tschudi
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Don't Be an Asatru
In Stuart Steers's "Ire of Newt," December 19, Auraria College Republicans president James Martinez says that "the foundation of our country is morality. If our founding fathers came back today, they'd flip out."

Given his defense of the conservative Christian force in the Republican party, I am forced to wonder which founding fathers Mr. Martinez is speaking of. "Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law" (Thomas Jefferson, February 10, 1814). "The Government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian Religion" (George Washington, 1796).

Joe Helfrich

In their January 2 letter, J. Frederick Loucks-Schultz and Margvegr Kindred objected to my criticism of Asatru based on what they termed "one recent convert's throwaway line." Since Mr. Bull had characterized his explanation as "one of the essences of Norse religion," I did indeed take it at face value. However, Loucks-Schultz and Kindred's presumably more serious comment that "we tend not to focus much on 'forgiveness'" offers little to change my opinion. It still appears to me that Asatruism is a fad, consciously designed for persons who feel a spiritual void but have no stomach for conventional religions that demand sacrifice, change and commitment. In a year or two, most of the Asatruists will be pursuing other interests.

Though I may be "intellectual lazy," I did look elsewhere for information on Asatru. There is no Asatru in Hinnell's Dictionary of Religions, though Odin, Thor and Freyja are discussed. Asatru is not found in Gaskell's Dictionary of All Scriptures and Myths, William James's The Varieties of Religious Experience, Frazer's The Golden Bough or even Robert Graves's The White Goddess. The index to the Encyclopaedia Britannica somehow fails to mention Asatru, though again, there is material on the Norse (listed under Germanic) religious practices such as votive offerings and the well-known ship funerals.

Loucks-Schultz and Kindred also wonder if my "sixth- and seventh-century ancestors" were Christian. I do not know, but I can say this--after the Romans left, Christianity was kept alive in Britain by the monks at Iona, Lindesfarne and other sanctuaries. These holy places were repeatedly sacked by the Norse from the eighth through the tenth centuries. This may be the "influence" Loucks-Schultz and Kindred mean; it was by no means a welcome one.

Timothy Buchanan

Music to Their Ears
I just want to thank you very much for Michael Roberts's interview with the Maids of Gravity ("The Gravity of the Situation," December 12). They are an incredible band, with lots of creativity and a definite future. I had the opportunity and good luck to meet Ed and Quasar at their show in San Francisco, and frankly, I fell in love with the band! I hope more information gets out about them, because they definitely have something good to give to the world.

Aaron Trotter
via the Internet

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