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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!

Clarifying Nevada County’s Plans for Hirschdale

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Nevada County’s community development agency director provides context for the reasoning behind jurisdictional decisions taking place around recreation access in the Hirschdale community.

I am Woman, Hear Me Cry

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Sixteen-year-old Callie Ross shares her experience of what it’s like to be a young woman in a scary situation.

Alterra, Are You Listening?

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A Palisades Tahoe employee criticizes the Alterra Mountain Co. for not raising employee wages like other major resorts have done this year.

Fish and Wildlife Property Provides Idyllic Solution for Public Access, Recreational Use of Truckee...

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Larry Andresen proposes a publicly accessible California Department of Fish and Wildlife parcel as an alternative to recreation on private properties in the Hirschdale area — an option he says will be cheaper than Nevada County’s proposed stairway project.

Though Challenges Persist, We’re Making Lasting Progress on Workforce Housing

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Placer County Supervisor Cindy Gustafson points to the positive gains made in workforce housing despite the crisis Tahoe continues to wade through. Enews email excerpt: Amid a housing crisis that still hasn’t recovered from 2008, Placer County Supervisor Cindy Gustafson argues that there is work being done to address Tahoe’s shortage of homes for the local workforce.

So… California is Asking Us Farmers Not to Grow Food to Save Water

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Sierra Valley farmer Gary Romano says California should limit water use for recreation, parks, golf courses, and landscapes before restricting farms.

Is Lake Tahoe a National Treasure or a County Treasure?

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Should Lake Tahoe be managed as a national treasure or a source of treasure for Washoe County? My Shot writer Ann Nichols weighs in.

Honor Scotty Lapp by Helping to Build a Skateboard Park in Tahoe City

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A young My Shot writer advocates for a Tahoe City skateboard park in honor of teenager Scotty Lapp, who died tragically in a skiing accident this winter.

The Sights and Sounds of E-Bike Riding Aren’t Bad

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My Shot author Suzie Tarnay explains why her vehicle of choice is an e-bike.

Support Senate Bill 1012 to Align Park Burning Regulations with Those of Local Fire...

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My Shot writer Ed Miller urges readers to support a California state bill to align park burning regulations with policies of local fire agencies.