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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Gender identity issue shakes up Harvard swim teams

Aug 3, 2015

Back in the mid-1960s, when I was young and adventurous and open to new experiences, I made the acquaintance of Camille, a man who identified as a woman and felt trapped in the wrong body. Camille was saving money in … Continue reading

Reading between the lines on Mayor Johnson, racism and arena bond sale

Jul 29, 2015

Thanks to news junkies on social media, I’ve been directed to interesting perspectives on two intriguing subjects: Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and the city’s bond rating. I say “intriguing” because what you see on the surface with Johnson as well … Continue reading

Some took the high road in Sacramento’s arena-subsidy fight

Jul 27, 2015

To paraphrase Shakespeare, something is rotten in the city of Sacramento. Anyone who has followed the arena subsidy issue has smelled the stink while realizing the difficulty of confirming the skulduggery at work. So let us give thanks to Isaac … Continue reading

From Gen. Robert E. Lee to John McCain, hero worship carries a price

Jul 23, 2015

These are strange times on the moral-issues front.  It took the killing of nine blacks in a Charleston, S.C., church before fair-minded citizens started seriously confronting the symbolism of flying the Confederate flag over government buildings and naming schools after … Continue reading

About guys who grunt in the weight room

Jul 20, 2015

An athletic club is a good place to study human nature. I continue to be puzzled why some of my fellow members at the upscale Capital Athletic Club in Sacramento feel it’s appropriate to discard their dirty towels on the … Continue reading

Soccer stadium at railyard site would derail hopes for a livable downtown Sacramento

Jul 15, 2015

As everyone knows, downtown Sacramento is coldly unappealing and largely empty at night because it’s chock full of state and commercial office buildings. The area will never become a thriving nightspot like midtown until we have a lot of people … Continue reading

Shady parking spot causes trouble

Jul 13, 2015

“Hell is other people.” That line came to mind the other day as I was plotting get-back tactics to annoy a neighbor who seems on a mission to irritate me. At least that’s what I think. I could be in … Continue reading

Playing the hero could come at a high cost

Jul 10, 2015

I came across a Washington Post column this morning that raised the question of why 10 or so passengers in a subway car did nothing while a teenager punched, kicked and stabbed another passenger 30 to 40 times during a … Continue reading

Choosing death can be an affirmation of life

Jul 8, 2015

The dithering over death in the California Legislature makes me irritable, given that I believe in personal freedom and don’t want to end my days the way my father did. Descent into senility isn’t a pretty picture.     Senate Bill … Continue reading

Forgiveness is overrated

Jul 6, 2015

I miss believing in hell. It was satisfying to think that unrepentant evildoers would face eternal torment. Sister Francis Claire, my teacher in both the fifth and sixth grades at Our Lady of Lourdes grammar school, gave especially graphic accounts … Continue reading

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