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!

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.

Dollar Creek Crossing: Putting Tahoe City Residents in Danger

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A long-time Tahoe City resident warns that the proposed Dollar Creek Crossing development is, in her view, too big and will increase TC population too much. Don’t get her started on parking issues!

White Collar Crime Is Alive in Incline!

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Washoe County was cheated out of close to a million dollars in back taxes on lots due to backdoor deal by IVGID employee.

We Know We’re Too Young

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Told to get serious but not to influence real issues, one young My Shot author is fed up with the narrative about Gen Z and ready to raise her voice.

On Community Preservation and Planning

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A Truckee planning commissioner read a My Shot from last month calling for a total halt on development and rejection of the general plan; here is her My Shot describing why she feels that resident’s aims would be better suited embracing and influencing the general plan.

Schools, Parents, and Racism

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Do schools have an obligation to address racism directly? Absolutely, says one family who dealt with school and racism personally, through comments made by their own son.

What the Murder of George Floyd Means to Me as a Truckee Resident

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As an African American living in Tahoe/Truckee for 10 years, Robert Watts (head chef at Drunken Monkey Sushi) shares his perspective on the protests following George Floyd’s killing by police in Minneapolis.

Tom McClintock’s COVID-19 Science Deserves Scrutiny

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U.S. representative challenges reliance on scientific experts during the pandemic but his use of science is questionable at best.

Town Council Should Act Now on Campaign Contribution Limits

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The Truckee Town Council is allowing statewide campaign contribution limits to go into effect in January, but has the power to implement it sooner. This My Shot argues the time is now.

I Saw the Signs … Become Stoplights

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This My Shot argues that Truckee has developed too much, too fast, and offers the solution of preserving and bolstering the town’s economy as is, with no new development.