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!

Planning and Preparing for Wildfire Emergency Response

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In light of the tragic Maui fires, Placer County Sheriff Wayne Woo explains the county’s wildfire preparedness, training, and evacuation plans.

Creating a Safe Space for Teens and Art

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The Aspen Collective is a teen-led organization working to bring alternative arts and music to the Truckee/Tahoe area.

Reckless Claims of Accounting Issues by IVGID Board and Committee Members are Unfounded

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A former member of the IVGID Accounting Committee provides his professional opinion on why claims of the district’s accounting problems are unjustified.

My Friends Still Say It

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Whitney Foehl argues that, two years since the ski resort changed its name to Palisades Tahoe, it’s time people stop using the word “squaw.”

I Have a Rental House in Tahoe, And That Doesn’t Make Me an A@#Hole

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Nicole Reitter shares her perspective on the rental situation as a landlord, and questions why landlords are lambasted on social media for renting out their homes long-term.

We Don’t Need Affordable Housing Experiments

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Dia Davis argues that the solution to Tahoe/Truckee’s affordable housing problems is the community land trust model used in hundreds of communities around the country.

It’s Time to Address Bike Path Safety

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The Truckee Trails Foundation proposes two new ideas to make bike paths and trails safer for all users.

Tahoe Prosperity Center’s False Narrative

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Brett Tibbitts reacts to Heidi Hill’s opinion piece and questions the Tahoe Prosperity Center’s mission.

A Collaborative Approach to Emergency Response

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By Chief Brian Estes It’s been a rough couple of years in Placer County for both residents and emergency responders, with three major fires and two difficult winter seasons now in the history books. As...

Representation Matters

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North Tahoe High School student Vallerie Laguna makes the case for why authentic representation of Latinx culture is important.