I enjoyed reading your opinion in the newspaper, and I appreciate your openmindedness.
I have been travelling the Alaska Marine Highway since 1972. I lived in Alaska several years ago, and still visit family there. I would like to mention two important points. The transportation plan of 2004 that you mentioned, was a product of the Murkowski administration, and is therefore suspect of being biased toward political contributors, i.e. road construction companies.
Secondly, no road plan that involves travelling through Canada has my support, because of their attitude towards individual freedoms guaranteed by our constitution.
So, I wholeheartedly support updating the fleet of the Marine Highway, especially now while the state has the means to pay for it, which it may not always have.