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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‘Third-wave’ coffee? Give me dark-roasted Yuban

May 28, 2014
‘Third-wave’ coffee? Give me dark-roasted Yuban

It’s 5 a.m., and I’m sitting at my computer with a mug of Yuban dark-roasted coffee a foot away. The cobwebs of sleep disappear with each sip from the 16-ounce mug. I’ve been drinking Yuban for years. It delivers caffeine … Continue reading

Struggling schools and students need a helping hand

May 26, 2014

The pleasant young woman at the Home Depot checkout register in Sacramento measured the six pieces of oak floor molding I had brought to the checkout register and started to calculate the total length. “How much is 9 plus 9?” … Continue reading

Thinking of home improvements? Keep your guard up

May 21, 2014
Thinking of home improvements? Keep your guard up

Was it an oversight or was the window-replacement specialist trying to get away with something? As I mentioned recently, my wife and I decided to replace about 13 single-pane casement windows that had seen better days. After getting three estimates, … Continue reading

The Sacramento Bee sees ‘peril’ in arena project way too late

May 19, 2014

As serious observers of the downtown Kings arena project know, the city of Sacramento is embarking on a perilous financial path against the will of prudent residents because ambitious politicians and wealthy developers have manipulated our political system for their … Continue reading

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

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