Paul Clegg

Paul Clegg I have played basketball from the streets of New York City to the playgrounds of Berkeley and the athletic clubs of Sacramento. I was a longtime copy editor and writer at The Sacramento Bee.

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Reflecting on Agent Orange victims and Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Aug 27, 2014

It may be fair and decent to honor Vietnam veterans who die from diseases related to Agent Orange by putting their names on the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial, but then what? What words do you put on the memorial in … Continue reading

Raccoons and earthquakes

Aug 25, 2014
Raccoons and earthquakes

Saturday night, my wife and I watched “Raccoon Nation” on PBS television. The documentary reveals the incredible way raccoons have adapted to city life. They’re capable of all kinds of mischief, and if there’s a way to get inside your … Continue reading

A luxury box at new Kings arena for the mayor and council

Aug 21, 2014

You can say this about Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and his cronies on the City Council: they won’t have trouble finding parking and getting good seats at Kings games and other events at the new downtown arena. While the city’s … Continue reading

On racial front, it’s two steps forward and a big one back

Aug 20, 2014

Depending where you choose to put your focus, recent events on the racial front can make you feel depressed, inspired or an unsettling combination of both.  The fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., by a white police … Continue reading

Get bikes off city sidewalks

Aug 18, 2014

Imagine this scenario: A guy’s walking on a crowded Sacramento sidewalk and decides to take a leak. He does his business and splashes a few pedestrians in the process. When a cop confronts him, the guy says he has a … Continue reading

The choice Robin Williams made

Aug 14, 2014
The choice Robin Williams made

“As the one guy at the suicide hotline said, life isn’t for everybody.” – Robin Williams, in a 2006 interview with Terry Gross on “Fresh Air.” It’s a sad thing when a man who has provided so many people with humor … Continue reading

Torture make you squeamish? Just call it something else

Aug 11, 2014

“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” ― George Orwell The above quote comes from George’s Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language,” and I came … Continue reading

Hard questioning on MLS soccer needed now, not when it doesn’t count

Aug 8, 2014
Hard questioning on MLS soccer needed now, not when it doesn’t count

  Perhaps you’re gagging from all the rah-rah press coverage lately about the prospects for Sacramento getting a Major League Soccer franchise. The Bee had two front-page articles, a couple of panting columns and a few minor stories since last … Continue reading

Bicycle ride ends in the emergency room

Aug 6, 2014
Bicycle ride ends in the emergency room

As I checked traffic before riding my bike across Vallejo Way near California Middle School in Sacramento last Saturday,  I wish an eerie foreboding had come over me, a sixth sense coupled with “Twilight Zone” theme music that my well-ordered … Continue reading

Mayor Johnson’s vision and my humble water-saving pail

Aug 1, 2014
Mayor Johnson’s vision and my humble water-saving pail

What should I do with the pail I’ve been keeping in the bathroom to save water, now that the mayor of Sacramento and a couple of council members say saving water in this ever-worsening drought isn’t very important? I know … Continue reading

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