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 to submit yours!

Winter Won’t Wipe Out Wildfire

Despite the second biggest winter on record, Tahoe/Truckee is not out of the woods when it comes to fire danger. North Tahoe Fire reminds residents to remain vigilant and continue to create defensible space.

Embracing Change and the Environment this Fourth of July

The Tahoe City Downtown Association explains why they made the switch to drones for Fourth of July celebrations. One big reason – wildfire danger.

Truckee Fireworks are All About Tradition

The GM of Truckee parks and rec explains why it was decided to stick with fireworks for the Fourth of July celebrations at Donner Lake.

Some People Are Struggling; We Must Do Our Part to Help

After 25 years in local nonprofits serving community members in need, Alison Schwedner reminds residents to do what they can to support those who are struggling.

Protecting Lake Tahoe, Improving Communities Remain TRPA’s Guiding Stars

The TRPA looks to the future and how it can help the region deal with some of its most pressing issues, like affordable housing, while continuing to protect the environment.

Will Palisades Follow Through on Its Commitment to Inclusivity and Diversity?

A mother hopes that a Palisades discrimination incident will help make the ski resort become more inclusive going forward.

The TRPA Needs to Take Into Consideration Cumulative Impacts

Rick Cooper worries that the TRPA is approving too many redevelopment projects without considering the cumulative impacts.

Carrying Capacity Should Determine Environmental Action

In this April My Shot, retired attorney Ron Grassi contends that Lake Tahoe’s regulators should use the determined carrying capacity of the Basin when it approves developments and other projects.

TRPA No Longer Serves the Environment or “Us”

In her April My Shot, Kristina Hill urges locals to pay attention to TRPA Governing Board actions. She maintains that TRPA no longer works for the environment or the individual homeowner, but rather is too focused on big developers and money.

Let My People Go to School

In her My Shot opinion piece, Carolyn Highland shares how difficult a constant barrage of downhill ski resort traffic makes life for teachers, students, and other community members.