mikewaz (Mike Wasikowski)


Comment history

Letter: Cruel move

How does bring refugees benefit the country? Let's see...

Madeline Albright escaped Czechoslovakia to get away from Hitler and came to America as a refugee. You might know her as Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton.

Albert Einstein similarly escaped Germany to get away from Hitler and came to America as a refugee. You might know him as a brilliant physicist who came up with the theory of general relativity.

Gloria Estefan escaped Cuba to get away from Fidel Castro and came to America as a refugee. You might know her as the singer of the Conga or for winning three Grammys.

Meb Keflezighi escaped Eritrea to get away from a thirty-year civil war and came to America as a refugee. You might know him as the winner of the 2014 Boston Marathon and silver medalist in the Athens Olympics marathon.

Sergey Brin escaped Soviet Russia to get away from anti-Semites and came to America as a refugee. You might know him as one of the founders of Google and current president of parent company Alphabet or as one of the richest people on the planet.

But sure, go ahead and tell me that bringing refugees to America doesn't benefit the country.

November 19, 2015 at 8:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Naive thinking

You'd have a point if François Hollande hadn't just today announced that France will continue to welcome refugees.


November 18, 2015 at 12:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Naive thinking

You are absolutely right, LJW Editorial Staff. We absolutely must consider all the risk factors before admitting refugees to America. In that vein, let me talk about a risk factor you didn't mention.

Paula Abdul is a world-famous singer/songwriter/choreographer with a string of #1 Billboard hits, a Grammy for her inventive video for "Opposites Attract," and two Emmys for her choreography. Her father was a Syrian immigrant to America.

Mitch Daniels is the current president of Purdue University, one of the best engineering universities in the country. Previously, he served as the director of the Office of Management and Budget and filled two terms as Governor of Indiana. His paternal grandparents were Syrian immigrants to America.

Kelly Slater is one of the greatest surfers on the planet, winning world titles eleven times over a nineteen year span. One of his great-grandfathers was a Syrian immigrant to America.

Jerry Seinfeld is a prominent comedian, famous for his wildly popular series Seinfeld and his stand-up sets. His maternal grandparents were Syrian immigrants to America.

Steve Jobs was a pioneer in the early computer revolution and the co-founder of Apple, whose many products are widely used worldwide today, and he was also one of the founders of Pixar, one of the most beloved animated movie production companies today. His biological father was a Syrian immigrant to America. For a double whammy, Steve Jobs's mother gave him up for adoption after her parents, irate about her dating a Muslim, threatened to completely cut her out of their lives.

Titans of industry, politics, sports, arts, the works. These are the results of us welcoming Syrian immigrants to America. If we do as you, LJW Editorial Staff, suggest, then we are risking the rejection of the future of our country and condemning the next Paula Abdul, the next Mitch Daniels, the next Kelly Slater, the next Jerry Seinfeld, the next Steve Jobs, the next titan of America to a merciless slaughter at the hands of brutal Daesh terrorists who want nothing more than to murder their fellow Syrians and Muslims and annihilate the things that make America great.

Oh, and by the way, that risk you're talking about, of refugees to America committing terrorist attacks? We've admitted 784,000 of them to America since 9/11. A grand total of three of them have been charged with aiding and abetting terrorist organizations overseas; none of them have been charged with plotting or executing a terrorist attack in America. That doesn't seem like too big of a risk factor to me.

November 18, 2015 at 8:12 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback issues executive order opposing Syrian refugees relocating to Kansas

The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God. - Leviticus 19:34

Governor Brownback must not be as serious a Christian as he lets on.

November 16, 2015 at 4:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

See who the leaders are in the Journal-World poll of the six finalists for the vacant Lawrence City Commission seat

This poll, and others done by Google Consumer Surveys, may be more scientific than previous ones done that performed no screening, but they're still reliant on an accidental sample. The only people surveyed were those who looked at an article on ljworld.com. How many people in Lawrence even haphazardly look at articles on this site?

September 28, 2015 at 2:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Signs point to Amyx as next mayor; questions about whether commissioners need city credit cards; neighbors expressing safety concern near New York Elementary

The federal government absolutely does issue credit cards under employees' names, and they absolutely do have the power to pay down the amount due on the credit card. That said, federal employees have to submit vouchers and receipts for expenses within a week of the travel showing the amount charged onto the card, and we're limited on what we can charge for a number of expenses beyond the basic hotel and M&IE per diems. Perhaps exploring the federal government's travel policies and trying to mimic them would be a good idea.

August 18, 2015 at 1:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The latest proposal for a multistory Vermont St. building and plans for luxury condos; NAACP urges minority representation in vacant city seat; Kasold lane-reduction discussion delayed

Seems kinda harsh to blame engineers for the bridge being built when it was intentionally constructed to connect the two sides of K-10 and the east side was subject to numerous federal lawsuits that prevented its construction for over a decade.

August 17, 2015 at 3:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City to consider reducing number of lanes on portion of Kasold Drive; new info on pending appointment of commissioner; report estimates Rock Chalk tourneys add $4.4 million to economy

I recommend Brett McCabe. He seems to know exactly what the city commission is doing wrong. All they'd have to do is every time they have a question, turn to him, ask him "What should we do now?" and do exactly what he says to do.

August 14, 2015 at 2:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Would you consider modifying your home to use solar power?

Funny considering that the entire loan guarantee program Solyndra used for the loan it defaulted on has made the federal government $30 million when Congress originally thought it would lose Uncle Sam $10 billion.


July 21, 2015 at 10:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas legislators approve 'Band-Aid' budget with largest tax increase in state history

Cut taxes on the rich and hike them for the poor. That'll teach poor people to stop being poor and start being rich instead!

June 12, 2015 at 5:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )