By Kevin Williams
The Amish are a fascinating culture for many "across the pond." British TV networks have produced several shows about the Amish in recent years (of varying quality, some have been superb, others not so much). Today, I stumbled across an article which just ran in one of the largest newspapers in the United Kingdom: The Daily Mail. The article is about Ohio's Amish country and it has to be one of the worst articles I've read about Amish country unless I'm missing something. I'm trying to view the article through the eyes of an Englisher who had never heard of the Amish and just had a passing interest. The article is an attempt to offer up Ohio's Amish country as an interesting tourism destination and it is,but you'd never know it from the Daily Mail piece. In the Holmes County area, there are some wonderful restaurants where one can sample Amish-inspired cuisine, there's Lehman's, there's the bulk food store in Berlin, there's the Behalt Amish-Mennonite interpretative center, beautiful scenery, bakeries, impromptu Amish-English softball games, I could go on and on....so why in Heaven's name did the Daily Mail bother to send a reporter to Ohio's Amish country just to interview a 12-year-old girl with a lame pony but really not talk about much else??? Anyone else find this baffling? Click here to read it. I'm almost hoping the travel writer was here on other business and just decided to do a quick breeze through Amish country. If they sent the writer to Ohio specifically for that story, wow, did they waste some money! What do you think?