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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Sculling mishap takes an ominous turn

Aug 17, 2015
Sculling mishap takes an ominous turn

When my single scull capsized and I was thrown into Lake Natoma Saturday morning, I felt a split-second of relief. The splash of cold water felt good on my sweaty body. I had feared going over from the moment I … Continue reading

Sacramento-area rivers are dangerous — so what?

Aug 12, 2015

Breaking news! Wading, crossing or swimming in local rivers and creeks can be dangerous. I don’t know why that should be front-page news in the Sacramento Bee, but there it was again this morning. Members of the volunteer Drowning Accident … Continue reading

Try sculling to push your comfort zone

Aug 10, 2015
Try sculling to push your comfort zone

I pushed my comfort zone over the weekend, and I tell myself that’s a good thing. I overcame some fears and picked up new skills that could prove useful. But that doesn’t mean I’m looking forward to expanding this process … Continue reading

Sex harassment claims at Sacramento City Hall — what’s race got to do with anything?

Aug 6, 2015

“He’s a credit to his race.” That’s what well-meaning white folks used to say about blacks, such as boxer Joe Louis, who succeeded in the public arena. The implication, of course, was that Louis had come a long way from … Continue reading

Dividing line between male and female athletes gets blurred

Aug 5, 2015

In writing Monday about a transgender swimmer set to enroll at Harvard, I came across two other stories related to the increasingly fluid dividing line between male and female athletes. In the first, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, based … Continue reading

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

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