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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!

It’s Time to Address Bike Path Safety

The Truckee Trails Foundation proposes two new ideas to make bike paths and trails safer for all users.

Tahoe Prosperity Center’s False Narrative

Brett Tibbitts reacts to Heidi Hill’s opinion piece and questions the Tahoe Prosperity Center’s mission.

A Collaborative Approach to Emergency Response

By Chief Brian Estes It’s been a rough couple of years in Placer County for both residents and emergency responders, with three major fires and two difficult winter seasons now in the history books. As...

Representation Matters

North Tahoe High School student Vallerie Laguna makes the case for why authentic representation of Latinx culture is important.

Tahoe’s Ted Lasso Lessons

By Heidi Hill Drum “Be curious, not judgmental,” ~ Ted Lasso For those who haven’t watched the Emmy Award winning show Ted Lasso on Apple TV, without giving away any spoilers, it is about an American...

Enhancing Emergency Response in Eastern Placer County: A Game-Changing Approach

Placer County is restructuring its emergency management model in its North Tahoe reaches, including the addition of dedicated staff. In this My Shot, assistant director of the Placer County Office of Emergency Services, Dave Atkinson, explains.

Winter Won’t Wipe Out Wildfire

Despite the second biggest winter on record, Tahoe/Truckee is not out of the woods when it comes to fire danger. North Tahoe Fire reminds residents to remain vigilant and continue to create defensible space.

Embracing Change and the Environment this Fourth of July

The Tahoe City Downtown Association explains why they made the switch to drones for Fourth of July celebrations. One big reason – wildfire danger.

Truckee Fireworks are All About Tradition

The GM of Truckee parks and rec explains why it was decided to stick with fireworks for the Fourth of July celebrations at Donner Lake.

Some People Are Struggling; We Must Do Our Part to Help

After 25 years in local nonprofits serving community members in need, Alison Schwedner reminds residents to do what they can to support those who are struggling.