For six and a half years I regularly attended board meetings of the Seneca County commissioners. During that time, I learned a lot about county government, but also about those who have power over it. Ben Nutter, who is now running for his third four-year term, gained his seat on the board by declaring our courthouse old, falling apart and unworthy of being saved. Few doubted his convincing words. He is a great "spin-doctor." He was elected.