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Each day’s tragic article about our grieving orca mother carrying her dead calf and the starving 5-year-old female makes me wonder more forcefully why Washington state spent so many years appealing the infamous culvert case.

This case was brought by tribes to get the state to repair culverts that block salmon runs. Tribes and orcas both depend on the salmon for survival. Apparently, politicians are better at lip service to environmental concern than actions to make a difference.

Of course, many factors are involved in the crash of the salmon runs, and correcting most of the harm will surely displease big businesses. Between big business and salmon, I know which side I choose. In any case, fixing culverts is a necessary first step.

Megan Cornish, Seattle