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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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

West Sacramento honors hometown boxing great Joey Lopes

Jun 27, 2016
West Sacramento honors hometown boxing great Joey Lopes

I went to the official opening of the Joseph “Joey” Lopes Park in West Sacramento last Friday. A couple of hundred people attended the upbeat ceremony to celebrate the years-long effort to create a 4-acre park off West Capitol Avenue … Continue reading

Huge culvert crossing under bike trail should help salmon stranded during floods

Jun 23, 2016
Huge culvert crossing under bike trail should help salmon stranded during floods

Despite being a pessimistic observer of the salmon and steelhead decline in Northern California, I find my spirits lifted by a protection project going on close to home. Let’s call it a tiny light at the end of a tunnel … Continue reading

Better to develop a new skill than curse the darkness

Jun 20, 2016

“When is the last time you improved at anything?” That question hit home when I read it in a recent New York Times article on aging. Writer Gerald Marzorati clarified that he was talking about improving at a demanding skill … Continue reading

From O.J. Simpson to Stanford sex-assault case, two wrongs don’t produce a right

Jun 17, 2016

Assuming O.J. Simpson was guilty of double murder, as most of white America thinks, was it rough justice for a largely black jury to acquit him because the Los Angeles cops had a sorry record of brutalizing blacks, most memorably … Continue reading

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