Especially considering the high hopes in Wichita and south-central Kansas for a revival of passenger-rail service, it was great to see President Obama nominate former Kansas Transportation Secretary Deb Miller last week to the Surface Transportation Board. The three-member panel not only oversees the rail industry but handles some issues related to trucking, ocean shipping and city buses. Miller, whose nomination requires U.S. Senate confirmation, deserves the full support of Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran. Miller did an impressive job serving from 2003 to 2011 in the cabinets of Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and Democratic Govs. Kathleen Sebelius and Mark Parkinson – no easy task when it came to managing planned highway projects amid the spending cuts of the Great Recession.
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