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My Shots are essentially our version of an Op-ed. These opinion pieces are either submitted to the paper, then vetted and edited by the opinion editor, or solicited by the opinion editor based on our desires for hitting certain topics. My Shots are Moonshine Ink opinion pieces that must take a stance on an issue — typically starting with a problem, establishing an argument for your stance, then answering with a call to action. Email editors@moonshineink.com to submit yours!

Tahoe Serenity; Mountain Sobriety

“My name is Dirk, and I’m an alcoholic.” Find out why these are some of this My Shot author’s favorite words to say out loud, and how living in Truckee has guided him in dealing with addiction and along his journey to recovery.

Enough Mindless, Unlimited Tourism

“Appetite for Destruction” is the reality many see in Nevada and Placer Counties. We are loving our favorite places to a point of compromised reality that makes the pristine wild places we know and love in threat of being unrecognizable.

The Road Ahead

What does our housing crisis have to do with climate change? TRPA executive director Joanne S. Marchetta’s My Shot walks you through her opinions on the interconnected issues of sustainable transit, housing solutions, and climate change.

What Happened to the Local Food Movement in Tahoe/Truckee?

Easy, cheap convenience has replaced organic, local quality

We Deserve to Conserve

Vivian Euzent and her household have taken extra measures to reduce the water usage in their home, yet each month their water bill has remained consistent or even gone up.

Truckee’s Combination Bank Shot

The level of cooperation from multiple agencies and nonprofit organizations planning new features to the Truckee River Regional Park — an ice pavilion, a new home for the KidZone museum, a library, an expansion for the skate park — is unprecedented. Regional Park has multiple land owners as well; all of this lines up the “combination bank shot” of approvals and permits that need to work together to make this multi-faceted dream a reality.

Housing Headache: My Experience Navigating the Crisis

How will this community exist in the future without housing the core of its service industry, as we begin to move away? Who will the change-makers be then, if not us? Will it be only the wealthy that remain as we are forced out? Denying housing to our workforce is a determined nod toward the very type of exclusive, luxury community most locals don’t want to see grow here.

My Wilderness is Not Your Canvas

Is one street artist the arbiter of a particular tunnel wall or alleyway canvas? Does a self-proclaimed aspiring Bansky have the right to influence what the rest of us see by creeping out in the dead of night to spray their art on trains, walls, and buildings alike? What about when the aforementioned unsanctioned art project affects our local beautiful lake vistas, river hikes, and world-renowned nature areas? Mitzi Hodges, a 50-year Tahoe/Truckee local, shares her perspective on an increase in graffiti on the rocks and walls of her home.

Age Discrimination Afflicts the Standard Hiring Process in Tahoe/Truckee

Truckee’s median age is 38.6, which is 2.2 years over the California-wide median of 36.4, and we have residents of all ages contributing to volunteer efforts, participating in local recreational sports and activities, and stoking the economy through consumption. So why do mature applicants feel they are experiencing age discrimination in the local job market? Read Truckee resident Mindi Brenner’s take on this issue.

Renters Have Rights, but Enforcement and Systemic Resources for Tenants are...

Moving back to idyllic Truckee to live closer to her family was a no-brainer for Truckee local Hilary Abrams; finding housing, on the other hand, was not. Abrams makes the case for renter’s rights in a housing market that is so impacted that landlords seem to have undue power over their tenants.