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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!

Setting the Record Straight

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The CEOs of the NLTRA and the IVCBVB respond to a My Shot arguing that the agencies don’t increase revenue to small businesses in a meaningful way.

Masks and Privilege

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For someone who held the hands of COVID-19 patients, treating them for 40 to 60 hours a week and contracting the disease caused by the novel coronavirus herself, masking up is a social justice issue.

Environmental Endorsements

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Environmental Endorsements: One activists climate-conscious voting guide for the region and its neighbors, with candidate and other ballot endorsements focused on environmental aims.

Trouble on the Truckee

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Have you seen the crowds floating down the Truckee River lately? This My Shot calls for proactive solutions and long-term planning.

Hypocrisy of Workforce Housing

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One local developer’s take on the hypocrisy of incentive and fee structures for workforce housing.

Sold! But Not to the Highest Bidder …

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This My Shot author can wholeheartedly say that in a hot housing market, she is happy she bypassed the fees and hassle of selling her house on the open market and used her own networks instead to sell for cheap to someone already here and looking.

Save Lake Tahoe From Invasive Weeds and Herbicides

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With the TRPA and the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Board poised to use herbicides to combat the invasive weeds in the Tahoe Keys, the Sierra Club is taking a stand to restore the area to its original wetland glory in this My Shot by the local chapter’s vice chair.

I Love Tahoe Donner, I Loathe Total Downer

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In his My Shot, Benjamin Levine discusses what’s not a secret in Tahoe Donner: that staff and volunteers have repeatedly felt disrespected, bullied, and mistreated by certain directors.

Protect Open Space in Mountain Towns

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A joint letter advocating for open spaces in three prominent California mountain towns

TRPA Money Grab

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The North Tahoe Preservation Alliance president argues TRPA solutions like density of development or changing Vehicle Miles Traveled standards is not the solution to truly save the Basin from tourism-caused degradation.