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updated: Aug 08, 2012, 4:09 PM
By Pam Boehr
I recently returned from spending 10 days in Ohio. We began in Cincinnati and finished in Columbus.
The purpose of our visit was two-fold. . . to visit ancestral sites and to attend a convention.
We tore up the territory.
I noticed very little graffiti and not much litter. The airport for Cincinnati, which is located in Kentucky,
is elegant and clean. We spent time seeing some exquisite shopping centers which were beautifully
landscaped and impeccably clean. Stores were well-stocked with staff on hand if called upon. People
across the board were civil. Few drivers were impolite. I saw one small protest encampment by the
Statehouse in Columbus and no panhandlers or down on their luck types in small areas or large ones.
Historic homes seem to be cherished.
Do I want to leave Santa Barbara where my part of the family has resided for five generations?
Absolutely not. But I enjoyed seeing where generations of my family lived and except for the weather
there's a lot I admire about Ohio.
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