To The Herald-Whig:
First, I want to thank and commend the workers of the city of Quincy for the outstanding job they did in the cleanup of the snowstorm in February and the windstorm on June 27. Also the crews of Ameren, AT&T, Comcast for their work in restoration. People, you did a great job.
I can remember only two other times that we had worse storms -- the tornado in April 1945, and January 1979, when we had 20-22 inches of snow in a few days.
Let us take a look at what has happened in this nation and around the world since Jan. 1 -- flooding, tornadoes, earthquakes, drought, crop failures and famine.
The Mississippi flooded below St. Louis, and officials blew up levees to save Cairo, flooding thousands of acres of cropland. The 7-inch rain in the watershed of Table Rock Lake nearly topping the earthen dam there. It required opening the flood gates, nearly flooding Branson Landing on Lake Taneycomo. The lake got the steps of the Landing, flooding the low level. Many homes were lost on Taneycomo. The White River went out of its banks, flooding many acres in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas.
April set a record for the number of tornadoes in a month, 1,032, confirmed, 1,623 since Jan. 1. The worst was in Alabama and Joplin, Mo. The loss of lives would have been greater had it not been for the warning systems in place.
Earthquakes have increased in intensity and number. In 1990, one every day 28 days, in 2000 one every 18 days and 2011 one every 13 days.
Look at the fires and drought in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, crop failures in Texas and dried up rivers in California, causing total crop losses and high unemployment -- 35 percent in some areas.
We may be out of corn by the end of August. We are burning 38 to 40 percent of our corn in our gas tanks. Dr. Larry Bates, an economist, said we're one total crop failure away from starvation.
In my opinion God is shaking this world and we are not listening. Why? The sins of this nation. I know I will be laughed at and mocked. That's all right. You have been warned.
In Ecclesiastes 9:16: Then said I, wisdom is better than strength. Nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.