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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 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.

Word limit for a traditional My Shot is 600 words, and as of 2021 we are accepting longer (1,000 word count limit) submissions on a case-by-case basis. Email editors@moonshineink.com to submit yours!

From Fear To Respect: How Visiting North Carolina Changed My Attitude About Bears

A visit to Asheville, North Carolina, changed Gwendalyn Gilliam’s attitude toward bears from one of fear to respect. She wonders if Tahoe could do the same.

Dear Truckee, I Love You, But It’s Over

Tamara Greenwood, born and raised in Truckee, is breaking up with the town after more than four decades because of a lack of housing and affordability.
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Preserving the Essence of North Lake Tahoe: A Call for Responsible Development

A group of concerned citizens argues that there are critically important reasons why the proposed Tahoe Basin Area Plan (TBAP) should not be approved.

Remembering a Friend: Going High and Deep with Robb Gaffney

Rob McCormick remembers his friend and Tahoe legend Robb Gaffney, who passed away last month from cancer.

Planning and Preparing for Wildfire Emergency Response

In light of the tragic Maui fires, Placer County Sheriff Wayne Woo explains the county’s wildfire preparedness, training, and evacuation plans.

Creating a Safe Space for Teens and Art

The Aspen Collective is a teen-led organization working to bring alternative arts and music to the Truckee/Tahoe area.

Reckless Claims of Accounting Issues by IVGID Board and Committee Members are Unfounded

A former member of the IVGID Accounting Committee provides his professional opinion on why claims of the district’s accounting problems are unjustified.

My Friends Still Say It

Whitney Foehl argues that, two years since the ski resort changed its name to Palisades Tahoe, it’s time people stop using the word “squaw.”

I Have a Rental House in Tahoe, And That Doesn’t Make Me an A@#Hole

Nicole Reitter shares her perspective on the rental situation as a landlord, and questions why landlords are lambasted on social media for renting out their homes long-term.

We Don’t Need Affordable Housing Experiments

Dia Davis argues that the solution to Tahoe/Truckee’s affordable housing problems is the community land trust model used in hundreds of communities around the country.