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 danger in silencing politically incorrect views

Jan 4, 2016

I’m still amazed that some Harvard College administrators thought it appropriate to distribute placemats that advised students on how to respond to touchy subjects. That’s what happened in December as students prepared to go home for winter break. The laminated … Continue reading

Babying DeMarcus Cousins hasn’t worked, so now what?

Dec 30, 2015
Babying DeMarcus Cousins hasn’t worked, so now what?

I told you, so! I told you, so! “Pretty soon, the apologists and enablers of DeMarcus Cousins are going to run out of spin material on the 6-foot-1l, 270-pound Kings center and have to deal with an unpleasant reality: the … Continue reading

Silence by Kings players on Rondo’s anti-gay slur is disturbing

Dec 28, 2015

The main questions I still have about the ugly Rajon Rondo incident are these: What do his teammates think about Rondo’s hurling an anti-gay slur at a referee? And what do other NBA players think? The players’ public  silence is … Continue reading

With sports injuries, hope beats despair

Dec 23, 2015

My early Christmas present is the gift of hope. I won’t knock it. Hope is better than despair at my age. I’m hearing too many stories about disabling pain and incurable illnesses. I should be grateful for an ache and … Continue reading

“Buy American” hurts school-lunch program

Dec 22, 2015

Here’s a Christmas wish: that politicians and corporate agricultural interests quit nickel and diming school districts struggling to provide affordable meals for low-income children. The grinches locally are U.S. Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, whose district includes 40 percent of … Continue reading

The long delay before Rajon Rondo’s anti-gay slurs attracted notice

Dec 16, 2015

My cynicism has been rising steadily in the wake of the Rajon Rondo incident, which has been front-page news two days in a row in the home-town newspaper of the Sacramento Kings. I’m sure you’ve been reading the expressions of … Continue reading

If you could make your sports wish come true

Dec 14, 2015

If you could have any sports-related wish come true, what would it be? That was a question the New York Times asked readers recently, and it drew a huge response. Among my favorite responses were these: Reader David Rodriguez recalled … Continue reading

Alligators, burglars and a fired football coach’s strange claim

Dec 9, 2015

Things are strange out there, folks. In Florida, a burglary suspect hid in a lake to evade police and was killed by an alligator. Police investigators found the hand and foot of 22-year-old Matthew Riggins inside an 11-foot-long alligator after … Continue reading

Looking the other way while others suffer

Dec 7, 2015

“If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse one.” That’s a line spoken by one of the characters in the deeply moving film “Spotlight.” The film depicts how a team of Boston Globe … Continue reading

Downtown Sacramento needs housing before a soccer stadium

Dec 2, 2015

Given the prospect of  sucking up $46 million in public money, the promoters of a soccer stadium at the old railyard site would have us believe they will use their own money for the remaining $180 million cost. Does any … Continue reading

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