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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From Atlanta Hawks to Kings, racial differences don’t equal racism

Sep 10, 2014

Let us give thanks to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The NBA’s all-time leading scorer, the  author of several books on achievements by blacks and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s pick in 2012 to be a U.S. global cultural ambassador, may open … Continue reading

Children pay price for parents’ willful ignorance

Sep 8, 2014

In discussing her long history of depression, California’s secretary of state, Debra Bowen, said  in a Los Angeles Times story that she had opted not to have children because she thought it would be irresponsible to put another person “through … Continue reading

Motorcycling gets a sex change

Sep 3, 2014
Motorcycling gets a sex change

I’m 0 for 3 on my sex stereotyping lately. Three times in the past week I’ve been irritated by drivers cutting in and out of traffic lanes, tailgating and driving too fast on local streets. And three times, I assumed … Continue reading

Have you planned your exit strategy from life?

Sep 2, 2014

“Coverage for End-of-Life Talks Gaining Ground” was the front-page headline in the New York Times Sunday. The accompanying story suggested that Medicare may start reimbursing doctors next year to have end-of-life talks with their patients. Five years ago, the subject … Continue reading

Reflecting on Agent Orange victims and Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Aug 27, 2014

It may be fair and decent to honor Vietnam veterans who die from diseases related to Agent Orange by putting their names on the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial, but then what? What words do you put on the memorial in … Continue reading

Raccoons and earthquakes

Aug 25, 2014
Raccoons and earthquakes

Saturday night, my wife and I watched “Raccoon Nation” on PBS television. The documentary reveals the incredible way raccoons have adapted to city life. They’re capable of all kinds of mischief, and if there’s a way to get inside your … Continue reading

A luxury box at new Kings arena for the mayor and council

Aug 21, 2014

You can say this about Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and his cronies on the City Council: they won’t have trouble finding parking and getting good seats at Kings games and other events at the new downtown arena. While the city’s … Continue reading

On racial front, it’s two steps forward and a big one back

Aug 20, 2014

Depending where you choose to put your focus, recent events on the racial front can make you feel depressed, inspired or an unsettling combination of both.  The fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., by a white police … Continue reading

Get bikes off city sidewalks

Aug 18, 2014

Imagine this scenario: A guy’s walking on a crowded Sacramento sidewalk and decides to take a leak. He does his business and splashes a few pedestrians in the process. When a cop confronts him, the guy says he has a … Continue reading

The choice Robin Williams made

Aug 14, 2014
The choice Robin Williams made

“As the one guy at the suicide hotline said, life isn’t for everybody.” – Robin Williams, in a 2006 interview with Terry Gross on “Fresh Air.” It’s a sad thing when a man who has provided so many people with humor … Continue reading

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