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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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

Soldiers tied to Pat Tillman tragedy travel hard road

Apr 25, 2014

In the aftermath of the Vietnam War, I came across a book of photographs titled “The Family of Man.” One haunting photo showed a dead soldier lying in a ditch with a rifle stuck in the ground above him. The … Continue reading

In S.F., arena builders show some class

Apr 22, 2014

Let us now praise the owners of the Golden State Warriors. They are planning to build a $1 billion arena at their own expense. Imagine that – businessmen who are willing to assume the financial risk for their own ambitious … Continue reading

Tough love for star athletes — are you kidding?

Apr 21, 2014
Tough love for star athletes — are you kidding?

  The headline atop the Sacramento Bee’s sport page today says: “It’s time to stop coddling Aldon Smith.” Columnist Matthew Barrows contends that the San Francisco 49ers need to take a tough position regarding their star outside linebacker Aldon Smith. … Continue reading

Owners of Kings aren’t the only ones who could use a city handout

Apr 16, 2014

If I were starting a small business in Sacramento, I sure would welcome a gift of $200,000 a year to help me with advertising. That could cover the cost of renting land alongside a busy freeway so I could put … Continue reading

With state agriculture using 75% of the water, does it really matter if you conserve in the garden?

Apr 14, 2014
With state agriculture using 75% of the water, does it really matter if you conserve in the garden?

  I spared the volunteer sunflowers yesterday and gave them a deep drink of water. I had been thinking of getting rid of them. My wife, who usually requisitions a patch of the “back forty” for her flower garden, announced … Continue reading

On being an athletic fat kid

Apr 9, 2014
On being an athletic fat kid

  When I brought home my report card near the end of fourth grade at Our Lady of Lourdes grammar school in Queens, I gave it to my mother. She took it into the dining room to discuss it with … Continue reading

When you watch the NCAA championship basketball game, remember: Life isn’t fair

Apr 7, 2014

If I were a high school player watching the NCAA basketball tournament, I think I would give up any fantasy of playing in the NBA. The skill levels of many players, coupled by their height and athleticism, seem so far out … Continue reading

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