Brett Crompton

Add the Words protest hits home

Gay rights activists in Idaho have been peacefully assembling on a regular basis within the halls of the Idaho Capital Building for a good part of this legislative session, without much notice or fanfare from our end of the state,…

You meet the friendliest people

It was a coincidence, but an interesting one, when three times in one week people from out of town, who have no connection to the community, told me how much they love American Falls. I’d like to turn them over…

Now I need time to relax

Vacations come in all shapes and sizes. Some are meant for relaxation and nothing else. Some are meant to see the sights and experience new things. Some are meant for visiting friends and family. Mine, it seems, try to wrap…

Whatever the path, make it your own

It was a wonderful early Christmas present a couple weeks ago when Debbie and I watched as our youngest son donned cap and gown and marched across the stage at Idaho State University to receive his associate’s degree in graphic…

Deodorant only a dog could love

We all know the old saying that a dog is man’s best friend. Now there’s a way to guarantee that adage. Fresh on the market through a Seattle-based food marketing enterprise comes Power Bacon(TM) deodorant, “for when you sweat like…

They don’t call me Johnny Appleseed

They don’t call me Johnny Appleseed for nothing. Well, actually, they don’t call me Johnny Appleseed at all. But they should. While I haven’t been living up to his legend of spreading apple tree seeds across the Midwest, I’ve certainly…

Seed is planted, help it blossom

I was preaching to the choir when American Falls Mayor Marc Beitia asked me to speak during the grand opening ceremony for the downtown revitalization project Wednesday, Nov. 20. All those attending the ceremony, suffering through a cold and miserable…

Lunch with Kennedy

I was a little over two months away from turning eight years old when the Western Union telegram arrived for my dad. The telegram read: “It would be useful to me to have an exchange of views with you on…

Pity party after sore round of golf

Late Sunday morning at the American Falls Golf Course looked like the makings of a regular season tournament, when word spread about potentially good weather and one last chance for a little friendly competition. The golf course was officially closed…