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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!

Building a Dirigible on the Eve of the Jet Age

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While most Tahoe Donner residents want an updated lodge at the ski hill, one resident argues in his My Shot that the current plans aren’t suited for the reality of the future of the climate.

Mourning the Death of Our Quaint Little Mountain Town

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Rolf Godon has spent much of his 45 years as a full-time Tahoe/Truckee resident advocating for the rights of the land, and his My Shot argues that Truckee’s general plan proposal’s land use section isn’t forward-thinking enough.

Fiduciary Duty, Not Further Division

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In a joint My Shot, four former Tahoe Donner board presidents came together to pen an opposing perspective to recent calls to rethink plans for a new ski lodge.

Pet Network Provides for Our Furry Friends

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In her My Shot, Incline Village-based Pet Network’s director of development explains why the group’s interconnected programming is so important for the region.

Respectfully Engaging with the Hospital

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While the author of this My Shot has family ties to TFH, she provides a critique of the leadership there, saying it’s emblematic of greater problems in healthcare across the U.S.

Riding the ‘Rona Waves

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The moment California went into lockdown, I was taking photos of Granlibakken’s sled hill. It was a strange thing, looking at a text and knowing that I needed to go home — now. It...

Hospitality Needs to Work Both Ways

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The service industry is in crisis, writes Fifty-Fifty co-founder Alicia Barr in her exclusive My Shot, and part of the solution is for customers to be patient with strained employees.

Joe Biden is No Radical, But …

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Reno News & Review CEO Jeff vonKaenel knows that Joe Biden is no revolutionary; his My Shot argues why he sees our current president as the right person to lead, right now.

The Positive Effect of Negative Space

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Last month’s issue covered all things economy … yet didn’t discuss arts and culture, which represents a whopping 7% of California’s economy. What gives? In a My Shot, local artist and arts advocate Sara Smith argues for why art should never be a “kids’ table only” topic.

Speak With Care

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Language matters. This My Shot reflects on a popular former opinion piece which discussed new residents avoiding being an “invasive species,” and why, historically and looking toward a brighter future, we need to avoid such characterization.