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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Where’s the NBA’s outrage on owner opposed to gay rights?

May 15, 2014

Aside from trampling on free-speech rights, the NBA’s rush to punish Donald Sterling for racist comments he made in a private talk with his young consort seems more like an exercise in hypocrisy than a virtuous stand for equality. Remember, … Continue reading

Op-ed: Salmon show more sense than almond growers

May 12, 2014

I’m rooting for beleaguered salmon and steelhead to get through the third year of California’s drought without taking a serious hit to their ever-diminishing numbers. These marvelous creatures flourished in the Sacramento River system until the combined effect of dams, … Continue reading

Reflections of killing snails and ants

May 8, 2014
Reflections of killing snails and ants

I went on snail patrol early the other morning and rounded up about a dozen of these creatures. I put them in a 90-gallon green-waste container to await transport to the city of Sacramento’s compost pit. I told myself they … Continue reading

Anxiety mounts with thought of replacing old windows

May 5, 2014

My wife and I are planning to replace a lot of old windows in our house in Sacramento’s Land Park neighborhood. Perhaps you know the kind – single-pane, metal-frame casement windows that have been painted over so many times you … Continue reading

Free speech becomes casualty in uproar over L.A. Clippers’ owner

Apr 30, 2014

Back in the day when I hung around with Berkeley radicals and hoped the leftist revolution was at hand, a friend of mine urged me to join a brewing protest designed to cancel a speech on campus by William Shockley. … Continue reading

Regarding LA Clippers’ owner: Let those without prejudice record their every conversation

Apr 28, 2014

I feel as though I’m living in bizarro-land with all this Donald Sterling business. I’ve read a bunch of front-page news stories regarding this latest eruption of a racial controversy and listened to most of the tape recording between a … Continue reading

Soldiers tied to Pat Tillman tragedy travel hard road

Apr 25, 2014

In the aftermath of the Vietnam War, I came across a book of photographs titled “The Family of Man.” One haunting photo showed a dead soldier lying in a ditch with a rifle stuck in the ground above him. The … Continue reading

In S.F., arena builders show some class

Apr 22, 2014

Let us now praise the owners of the Golden State Warriors. They are planning to build a $1 billion arena at their own expense. Imagine that – businessmen who are willing to assume the financial risk for their own ambitious … Continue reading

Tough love for star athletes — are you kidding?

Apr 21, 2014
Tough love for star athletes — are you kidding?

  The headline atop the Sacramento Bee’s sport page today says: “It’s time to stop coddling Aldon Smith.” Columnist Matthew Barrows contends that the San Francisco 49ers need to take a tough position regarding their star outside linebacker Aldon Smith. … Continue reading

Owners of Kings aren’t the only ones who could use a city handout

Apr 16, 2014

If I were starting a small business in Sacramento, I sure would welcome a gift of $200,000 a year to help me with advertising. That could cover the cost of renting land alongside a busy freeway so I could put … Continue reading

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