My Shot

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!

The Rising Cost of Living in California

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Court Leve warns California residents about the large increases in home and auto insurance coming their way, with little notice from the state.

One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Trash

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Pass It On Thrift owner Heather Solomon makes a case against buying fast fashion in order to help the environment.

North Tahoe Is Still Alive and Well

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Ellie Waller offers a rebuttal to the December opinion piece When You Stop Growing, You Start Dying about redevelopment in Tahoe town centers.

When You Stop Growing, You Start Dying

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A group of North Shore residents argue that changes like the Tahoe Basin Area Plan amendments are required in order to create much-needed redevelopment of aging buildings and revitalize town centers.

The Crucial Role of a Modern Library as a Sanctuary for Youth

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The campaign director for the Friends of the Truckee Library shares why a new and bigger Truckee Library could serve as safe space for teens to gather, a place that is currently lacking in our community.

The Town of Truckee Should Take the Lead on Donner Lake

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A Donner Lake resident argues that the Town of Truckee needs to do more to solve the destructive run-off problems plaguing Donner Lake and its neighborhoods.

From Fear To Respect: How Visiting North Carolina Changed My Attitude About Bears

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A visit to Asheville, North Carolina, changed Gwendalyn Gilliam’s attitude toward bears from one of fear to respect. She wonders if Tahoe could do the same.

Dear Truckee, I Love You, But It’s Over

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Tamara Greenwood, born and raised in Truckee, is breaking up with the town after more than four decades because of a lack of housing and affordability.
Moonshine Ink Readers Opinion

Preserving the Essence of North Lake Tahoe: A Call for Responsible Development

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A group of concerned citizens argues that there are critically important reasons why the proposed Tahoe Basin Area Plan (TBAP) should not be approved.

Remembering a Friend: Going High and Deep with Robb Gaffney

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Rob McCormick remembers his friend and Tahoe legend Robb Gaffney, who passed away last month from cancer.