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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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

Rebirth of the one-hand set shot

Jan 1, 2015

In the 40-and-over basketball game Monday at my athletic club, I launched the type of one-hand set shot that went of fashion in the 1950s. The three-pointer swished through the net. After making a second straight three-pointer, a teammate exclaimed: … Continue reading

Concern over arena’s impact on Marshall Hotel residents should have come long ago

Dec 29, 2014

It’s hard to know what to make of a five-page spread Sunday in the Sacramento Bee headlined “The last days of the Hotel Marshall.” The story chronicled the forced departure of 57 impoverished residents from the downtown hotel that had … Continue reading

Peace an Earth and watch the road rage

Dec 24, 2014

Thoughts heading into Christmas Eve: Does the great waffler Sony have to release “The Interview” on Christmas Day? Couldn’t this company, which hoped to make money and draw a few laughs from the fantasy assassination of North Korea’s leader, give … Continue reading

What not to say in a job interview

Dec 22, 2014

While perusing the New York Times yesterday to see what notables had died, I came across a delightfully written obituary on Rock Scully. He managed the Grateful Dead band from 1965 to about 1985, “a long, strange trip that saw … Continue reading

Euphemism can’t hide Kings’ nasty business

Dec 17, 2014

“Philosophical differences” – now there’s a lofty phrase that suggests deep analysis by thoughtful individuals contemplating the nature of truth. Think of Plato vs. Aristotle,  Augustine vs. Aquinas or 17th century political theorists Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. But “philosophical … Continue reading

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