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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Humility is an editor’s constant companion

Sep 2, 2015

I was amused to see “CQ” prominently displayed on the Sacramento Bee’s online home page this morning. Why? Because it reminded me of my years as a Bee copy editor and the knowledge that the road to public embarrassment is … Continue reading

Sacramento arena breeds confusion over parking, new housing

Aug 31, 2015

Since the city of Sacramento needs to generate millions of dollars in new parking revenue to pay for the downtown Kings arena, how come city officials and promoters are eager to increase light-rail use on game nights? If the city … Continue reading

Winners and whiners on the basketball court

Aug 26, 2015

While waiting to play a pickup game Monday with the 40-and-over crowd, I watched a fellow named Mike miss on a drive, grab his own rebound and make a power move for a quick put-back shot. The defender slammed him … Continue reading

Homeless copper thieves in Carmichael — imagine that!

Aug 24, 2015

I understand that it’s hard to dump on poor people, desperate immigrants and the homeless without looking mean-spirited. I suppose that’s why bullies and bigots prefer to hide behind myths, lies and half-truths like Ronald Reagan’s “welfare queen” and Donald … Continue reading

Sex slaves, ISIS and Thomas Jefferson

Aug 19, 2015

I was surprised to find myself drawing connections the other day between the Islamic State and Thomas Jefferson. Usually, I have ISIS filed away under depraved actions and barbaric images and Jefferson in the pantheon of great presidents afflicted with … Continue reading

Sculling mishap takes an ominous turn

Aug 17, 2015
Sculling mishap takes an ominous turn

When my single scull capsized and I was thrown into Lake Natoma Saturday morning, I felt a split-second of relief. The splash of cold water felt good on my sweaty body. I had feared going over from the moment I … Continue reading

Sacramento-area rivers are dangerous — so what?

Aug 12, 2015

Breaking news! Wading, crossing or swimming in local rivers and creeks can be dangerous. I don’t know why that should be front-page news in the Sacramento Bee, but there it was again this morning. Members of the volunteer Drowning Accident … Continue reading

Try sculling to push your comfort zone

Aug 10, 2015
Try sculling to push your comfort zone

I pushed my comfort zone over the weekend, and I tell myself that’s a good thing. I overcame some fears and picked up new skills that could prove useful. But that doesn’t mean I’m looking forward to expanding this process … Continue reading

Sex harassment claims at Sacramento City Hall — what’s race got to do with anything?

Aug 6, 2015

“He’s a credit to his race.” That’s what well-meaning white folks used to say about blacks, such as boxer Joe Louis, who succeeded in the public arena. The implication, of course, was that Louis had come a long way from … Continue reading

Dividing line between male and female athletes gets blurred

Aug 5, 2015

In writing Monday about a transgender swimmer set to enroll at Harvard, I came across two other stories related to the increasingly fluid dividing line between male and female athletes. In the first, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, based … Continue reading

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