I feel obliged to respond to the rather mean-spirited letter by Pat Whitesel in which she attempts to rewrite and revise the history of the school board and the Palmetto commission.
It is well-known that both Frank Brunner and then-Superintendent Dan Nolan worked tirelessly within the guidelines of the state to rebuild Lincoln Middle School.
Sadly, it is also commonly known that Ms. Whitesel actually recruited people to run against her own commission. I am certain that those actions were instrumental in her being a one-term mayor.
I have known Frank Brunner since he was 14 years old, and I can tell you that he is not perfect; neither am I and neither is Ms. Whitesel.
But I can attest to Frank's work ethic and integrity. He was a stellar student, class leader and athlete.
This combination earned him placement at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he was a four-year varsity football player.
Following graduation, he served in Desert Storm in the First Gulf War. Finally, he returned to the community he loves, Manatee County, where he has served this community with passion.
As a personal aside, I spent some time substituting at Manatee High School after I retired. At that time, Frank was working as the college and career advisor.
When that job was eliminated, many students asked me where Mr. Brunner was as he had done more for their futures than anyone else ever had. Other teachers told me they had students react similarly.
When I asked those teachers why they didn't make this known, they said they were afraid for their jobs. What a sad, sad situation.
Please, citizens of Manatee County, vote positively, not negatively and return Frank Brunner to the school board.
Cecilia B. Gosling