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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Pushing boundaries by running and writing poetry

Apr 29, 2015

While reflecting on the accomplishments on two very different people recently, I realized that I was close to the midway point in age between the two of them. That means I’m almost as far from 50 as I’m close to … Continue reading

How cheap and demeaning to select art by gender

Apr 27, 2015
How cheap and demeaning to select art by gender

  Talk about adding insult to injury! First, we have a bunch of fat cats grabbing $2.5 million in public money to inflict their version of art on us; now we have would-be exploiters of the public trust lining up … Continue reading

A hothead’s outburst sinks his team in the clutch

Apr 23, 2015

As I have noted before, playing basketball at the Capital Athletic Club in Sacramento provides a fine opportunity to puzzle over human nature. For example, why does a good player lose control of his emotions in the clutch and ensure … Continue reading

Fighting words: almonds, vaccines

Apr 21, 2015

When I picked up the Bee the other day, I was greeted by front-page articles providing space to advocates of more almond orchards in drought-plagued California and to zealots asserting a right to refuse to vaccinate their children. In the … Continue reading

How about common sense and straight talk?

Apr 15, 2015

Here are a couple of things to ponder: pro basketball players who hang around trouble-prone nightspots and a “world-renowned” hotel chain coming to Sacramento. For starters, we have Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha getting a fractured leg outside a New … Continue reading

How not to recover from a business mess

Apr 13, 2015

What do Bonney Plumbing of Sacramento and Rolling Stone magazine have in common? Both businesses have bosses that seem to be tone deaf about how their nasty messes play out in the public eye. Let’s start with Bonney Plumbing, a … Continue reading

Old wood paneling poses knotty problem

Apr 8, 2015
Old wood paneling poses knotty problem

  As homeowners know, when you upgrade one thing, other things begin to look faded and worn. Last summer, I replaced three of the casement windows in the large upstairs room I use as a study. I did this for … Continue reading

Wild words on public subsidies for sports arenas

Apr 6, 2015

Far out, man! That’s my throwback reaction to this morning’s editorial in the Sacramento Bee bearing this headline: “Ditch tax break for pro arenas/ Obama’s budget would end subsidy.” The headline is so preposterous coming from the Bee that I … Continue reading

Think before you use that stereotype

Apr 1, 2015

What are little boys made of? Snips and snails and puppy-dogs’ tails. … What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice and everything nice. These lines from an early 19th century nursery rhyme, which still rang true through the … Continue reading

Negative cliché casts shadow on McClatchy’s state title win

Mar 30, 2015

McClatchy blew a 10-point lead in the final 1:11 of regulation and also let a four-point advantage slip away in the first overtime. Ouch and double ouch! That first sentence came from a photo cutline on the front page of … Continue reading

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