Spring in Central Texas has brought a beautiful crop of bluebonnets, Indian paint brushes, evening primrose, and many other wildflowers I can’t call by name. The term spring fever can serve multiple meanings this spring. Many of us are itching to get out of doors. Others of us are itching in our nose and eyes with allergies. YUK!
But perhaps the most dismaying definition of spring fever this year is the rash of dead bodies being found around Austin. The other night I was watching the local news and the top 4 stories were of officers responding to the scenes of dead bodies. Today, the open homicide investigations went up to 4 in the last seven days and 10 for the year with many more already solved. Accidental drownings, shootings, pedestrians being run over, they just keep coming. Several recent incidents have already been chalked up to gang activities, but it is really unsettling. Austin seems to be suffering some growing pains lately. Hopefully spring can continue on peacefully from here.