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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A newspaper ought to separate fact from fiction

Aug 1, 2016

When a small-business owner closes up shop, dumps six employees and blames the misfortune on minimum-wage increases, a newspaper ought to check out the story, especially this year. In April, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a measure that will … Continue reading

Wimpy City Council pits Sacramento pedestrians against bicyclists

Jul 27, 2016

Street-by-street urban warfare has begun in Sacramento, and it promises to be a long, nasty battle marked by an upsurge in pedestrian casualties. Don’t think for a minute that the City Council Tuesday night voted to ban bikes on some … Continue reading

Sacramento’s sidewalks are no place for bicyclists

Jul 26, 2016

The fellow at my athletic club was outraged. He had been involved in a bike accident on a sidewalk adjacent to the state Capitol in downtown Sacramento. A stupid pedestrian, he said, was yakking away on his cellphone, not watching … Continue reading

On the wisdom of leaving old love letters alone

Jul 21, 2016
On the wisdom of leaving old love letters alone

I can’t get myself to throw away some old love letters I have stored in the garage, even though I have no interest in rereading them. The oldest go back 50 years to my college days. They reflect several long-term … Continue reading

Seeing America through different eyes

Jul 18, 2016

Here’s a tale of two Americas that may shed some light on why so many folks think our social system just ain’t fair. First, we have a big bank suspected of laundering nearly $900 million for drug traffickers and processing … Continue reading

Aunt May would be rolling in her grave if she knew the old brownstone’s price

Jul 14, 2016
Aunt May would be rolling in her grave if she knew the old brownstone’s price

“Merciful heavens!” That’s what I imagine my Aunt May would exclaim if she were alive and told her old family home in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn was valued at $1.27 million. I learned that  price because I checked out … Continue reading

Pursuit of athletic fantasies can be costly

Jul 11, 2016

“At what point do you have a fantasy versus a dream?” That was the question posed by a father who had doubts about his son’s ability to play Division I college basketball. “At some point for him and all these … Continue reading

Customer satisfaction falls short at restaurant, Nordstrom

Jul 7, 2016

As my Tuesday blog probably made clear, I am not a foodie who seeks surprise, mystery and adventure when I dine out at a restaurant. I want comprehensible menu choices with at least a few reliable comfort-food selections. How can a … Continue reading

Grumpy diner lacks sense of adventure

Jul 5, 2016

When I want a midmorning treat, I head for the McDonald’s restaurant at Broadway and 24th Street in Sacramento and get the Sausage McMuffin with Egg  breakfast. It comes with a hash-brown patty and coffee. The last one I got … Continue reading

Shadow of massacre hangs over U.S.-backed university in Vietnam

Jun 29, 2016

Should a former Navy SEAL implicated in a massacre of civilians in a Vietnamese village be appointed to head a major American-sponsored university in that country? Fans of redemption narratives seem inspired by the recent appointment of former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey … Continue reading

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