||June 25th, 2009|
Mr. Davis: Response herein to Mrs. Altintas' Letter to the Editor regarding your use of the word "Genocide" in your previous article.
From my studies, there are at least 20 countries, including the Vatican, that have acknowledged/recognized that there was a Genocide against the Armenians during WWI. In addition, Wikipedia has listed other entities that have labeled the massacres of WWI Armenians as Genocide.
43 of our States have recognized the massacres as Genocide. Also, in 2005, the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) unanimously affirmed the Armenian Genocide along with the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, the Parliament of Europe and many European countries.
Mrs. Altintas has a tough road ahead to have all the entities above revoke the label "Genocide." In addition, if Mrs. Altintas goes to France and denies that Genocide took place, she could be fined 45,000 Euros and placed in jail for one year in prison.
Also, if you, Mr. Davis, go to Turkey and use the word "Genocide" in regards to the Armenian massacre, the Turkish government will fine and imprison you!
Hopefully a resolution to this classification (genocide) can be reached as Turkey is open to an international study on the matter and will abide by it.
/s/Michael G. Papich
Letter to the Editor:
In my former life I was an adjunct professor of Physics at Palomar Community College. I taught basic physics for twenty five years. Because Lyle always does such thorough research on his feature stories, I was surprised that last week’s feature story on Scotland failed to mention James Clerk Maxwell. James Clerk Maxwell was born in Edinburgh in 1831. He spent most of his academic life between the University of Edinburgh and Cambridge. He was one of the giants in the field of physics - equivalent to Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein and Neils Bohr. His analytical ability was greater than any of the foregoing. Among his achievements, he calculated the speed of light many years before it was measured; one of the most outstanding achievements in theoretical physics.
He combined the magnetic forces and the Electrical into one force - instead of two separate forces, a huge advance in theoretical physics! He developed the electromagnetic field equations, named the Maxwell field equations The Maxwell field equations are the basis for the design of all electrical and electromagnetic devices. His analyses in various fields led to a number of names relating to his work - Maxwell demons, Maxwell distribution, Maxwell discs, Maxwell speed distribution. Much of his work was not recognized until the 20th century because he was so far ahead of the fields he analyzed. He was truly an outstanding example of an intellectual Scots genius.
San Marcos, Ca.
Editor’s Note: Mr. Smylie is quite correct. We overlooked a brilliant light in the field of science. We also take this opportunity to once again remind our readers of this week’s Highland Games and Gathering of the Clans at Brengle Park in Vista.
There’ll be lots of Scots there; probably a few named Maxwell, to whom we apologize.
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