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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Who will win and lose in arena game?

Feb 4, 2015

“As arena rises, hotel projects bloom,” exclaimed Tuesday’s front-page story in the Sacramento Bee. The article touted the planned 250-room hotel adjacent to the emerging Kings arena downtown, a $24 million hotel at Sacramento International Airport and a transformation of … Continue reading

Bald eagles, hiking and nail polish

Feb 2, 2015

I gave up my basketball games Saturday morning to go in search of bald eagles in the Cache Creek Natural Area about 70 miles northwest of Sacramento. My wife and I had signed up for a free guided hike that … Continue reading

The murky moral jungle of the basketball court

Jan 28, 2015

My nephew Robert, a thoughtful and enthusiastic basketball player, raised the issue of players who intentionally break the rules out of sight of the referees and then say, “It ain’t  a foul if the ref doesn’t call it.” Aren’t such … Continue reading

Owners of Kings show how to win at money game

Jan 26, 2015

It’s a new year with the same old story: the rich get richer while the working folks come up short. The owners of the Sacramento Kings have seen the value of their franchise increase to $800 million, according to a … Continue reading

“Selma” provides no bridge over troubled water

Jan 22, 2015

I still believe that freedom is the bonus you receive for telling the truth. Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. – Martin Luther King Jr., March 14, 1968 speech. In the contentious arena of … Continue reading

The joy of calling Macy’s about a phishing scam

Jan 19, 2015

Perhaps Macy’s executives are more annoyed than I am. Phishing con artists have been using the same 800 telephone number to impersonate Macy’s credit department staff for at least seven years, my modest probe discovered.  I’ve been trying to figure … Continue reading

Sacramento’s heritage tree ordinance complicates pruning process

Jan 15, 2015
Sacramento’s heritage tree ordinance complicates pruning process

I try to be a good neighbor and maintain the positive feelings that generally prevail in my Land Park neighborhood in Sacramento. Most folks are friendly and cooperative. I view the hit-and-run incident I described last week as an aberration, … Continue reading

Sacramento’s a great place for questions with no answers

Jan 12, 2015

“How could anyone with a shred of fiscal responsibility agree to hand out city pay hikes of up to 12 percent over the next two years in the face of our coming budget nightmare?” That’s a question posed by Craig … Continue reading

Basketball, peanut butter and hard choices

Jan 8, 2015

I was eating a peanut butter sandwich on sourdough bread the other day and feeling mildly guilty. I knew full well that whole wheat bread would have been a better choice if I truly wanted to keep my new-year resolution … Continue reading

My wife tracks down hit-and-run driver

Jan 5, 2015
My wife tracks down hit-and-run driver

  When my wife heard the phone message from neighbor Bill, she decided not to wake me up from my nap. I was sleeping off the effects of three games of pickup basketball at my athletic club. She would go … Continue reading

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