Twenty years ago, when the death of 2-year-old Shelby Duis outraged Iowans, I was confident the Spirit Lake tragedy would soon bring change to our state. I probably was naive.
In 2016, when Natalie Finn, 16, was found near death in a middle-class neighborhoodin West Des Moines, I was confident that tragedy would bring change to our state. I probably was naive. Again.
In 2017, when Sabrina Ray, 16, was found dead in her home in Perry, I was convinced the time for change was imminent.
I probably was naive. Once again.