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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Caution, precision needed in Sac State debate over “genocide”

Sep 16, 2015

There’s nothing like the word “genocide” to ignite a heated debate. Believe me, I know. When I read about the controversy at Sac State regarding whether the killing of American Indians should be called “genocide,” I was reminded of a … Continue reading

Assisted-suicide bill is an affirmation of rational living

Sep 14, 2015

To hell with the gatekeepers. I don’t want doctors, priests, advocates for the poor and disabled or anyone else telling me when and how I can die. I don’t want a panel of physicians telling me to live with Alzheimer’s … Continue reading

Why friendship among co-workers has declined

Sep 10, 2015

Friendship is declining in the workplace. That was the premise of a Sunday op-ed piece in the New York Times by Adam Grant, a professor of management and psychology at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. “Once, work … Continue reading

Sacramento restaurant owners should put a minimum-wage increase on their menu

Sep 8, 2015

When it came time to decide on a tip for the waitress, I weighed her amusing talk against her failure to keep onions off my artisan pizza. I deducted four percentage points from the 20 percent tipping figure I use … Continue reading

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

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