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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!

Mine your own Business

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An expansion to a mine in Sierraville faces backlash from the local community; one organizer against the proposed project describes why it’s a social justice issue.

COVID Can’t Stop Environmental Stewardship

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COVID can’t stop environmental stewardship among Tahoe/Truckee’s youth, and SWEP’s staff have seen an increased awareness they hope to foster and grow in their outdoor programs.

The Schilling Lodge Will Add Fun and Functionality

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The Schilling Lodge’s future fate will be decided at a TCPUD board meeting Feb. 25; find out why the president of Tahoe XC’s board considers this a vital addition to the ski area.

The California Tourism Advertising Industrial Complex

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Does the NLTRA focus too much on outreach and not enough on the small business community? In his My Shot, one local business owner argues that’s the case.

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.

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.

Relationship Banking Shines in a Recession

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Plumas Bank president Andy Ryback shares his perspective on relationship banking and why it can be a lifesaver in a recession, advocating that his community-focused bank has solutions for the times.

Hypocrisy of Workforce Housing

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

Why Alpenglow Sports Supports NLTRA’s Proposed TBID

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North Shore business owner Brendan Madigan is in support of the NLTRA’s proposed TBID; his My Shot explains why.

How Pickleball Helped Diane and Jim Fisher Beat COVID-19

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Incline Village retirees Jim and Diane Fisher could be seen pre-COVID day in and day out on the pickleball court, which they attribute to their own ability to beat off the disease.