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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Step two on window repair would have helped

Jun 25, 2014
Step two on window repair would have helped

  Last weekend served as a good reminder that I am not a handyman. I was stymied for considerable time on a minor home repair because I wasn’t given complete instructions. Perhaps a native born Californian with fix-it genes in … Continue reading

Headline on U.S. soccer game is out of bounds

Jun 23, 2014

“RED, WHITE AND BLEW IT.” That was the all-caps headline on the front page on the Sacramento Bee this morning. It was plastered over a picture of  U.S. fans, draped in red, white and blue, looking shocked after Portugal tied … Continue reading

An occasional ‘thank you’ to customers might have kept Capital Nursery in business

Jun 19, 2014

As I was driving along Freeport Boulevard in Sacramento yesterday, I passed the blocklong ghost of Capital Nursery. The once-thriving showcase that had provided beautiful flowers, trees and shrubs for local gardens since 1936 went out of business in 2012. … Continue reading

San Antonio Spurs, Aborigines and world peace

Jun 16, 2014

Thoughts on the NBA Finals: Even when the San Antonio Spurs were up by 20 points last night, I couldn’t relax. I worried that LeBron James and his one-man show would undo all the satisfying, old-school passing, cutting and unselfishness … Continue reading

Struggling marina offers cautionary tale on Kings arena financing plan

Jun 11, 2014

When you bank on future growth, you may get an unpleasant surprise.  The city of Sacramento tells us it’s confident that steadily increasing parking revenue in the years ahead will help pay off the massive debt the city is taking … Continue reading

California Chrome co-owner pulls up lame

Jun 9, 2014

Thanks, California Chrome, for coming so close to winning the Triple Crown. You gave us big dreams for the past five weeks and ran your heart out. Only 11 horses in racing history have won that elusive prize, and a … Continue reading

California Chrome chases ghost of Secretariat

Jun 5, 2014

For the first time in four decades, I want to see a racehorse win the Triple Crown. Go California Chrome!  I wasn’t thrilled to see Seattle Slew take the Triple Crown in 1977, even though I was living in the … Continue reading

Does everything happen for a reason?

Jun 3, 2014
Does everything happen for a reason?

Jeff Hoffman, a star pitcher for East Carolina University, hoped he would be the top pick in the Major League Baseball draft this Thursday. Early this season, the 6-foot-4 junior had a fastball that touched 98 mph, a 2.94 earned … Continue reading

‘Third-wave’ coffee? Give me dark-roasted Yuban

May 28, 2014
‘Third-wave’ coffee? Give me dark-roasted Yuban

It’s 5 a.m., and I’m sitting at my computer with a mug of Yuban dark-roasted coffee a foot away. The cobwebs of sleep disappear with each sip from the 16-ounce mug. I’ve been drinking Yuban for years. It delivers caffeine … Continue reading

Struggling schools and students need a helping hand

May 26, 2014

The pleasant young woman at the Home Depot checkout register in Sacramento measured the six pieces of oak floor molding I had brought to the checkout register and started to calculate the total length. “How much is 9 plus 9?” … Continue reading

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