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!

Once a Skier’s Mountain

BY TREAS MANNING  |  Squaw Valley There once was a time when Squaw was a skier’s mountain. We are now witnessing its transformation into a giant destination playground; better words might be a giant entertainment...

The Setbacks and Celebrations of Dancing With Our Sierra Stars

InnerRhythms asks for support after Brown Paper Tickets did not disperse the proceeds from ticket sales from its biggest fundraiser last year.

The Tahoe Oligarchy

BY ETHAN INDIGO SMITH As isolated as we are here in Tahoe, the global trends permeating life elsewhere eventually arrive here, too. The global economic downturn has taken its toll on most every individual I...

Living Under the Flight Path

Truckee resident Megan Butcher says it’s time to stop using taxpayer money to subsidize the airport. The millions of dollars saved can provide much-needed benefits for the whole community.

Soaring Ranch: Much-Needed Truckee Housing in a 20-Minute Neighborhood

The developer of Soaring Ranch describes in his My Shot how the project will be a “20-minute neighborhood” and move beyond the necessity of the car.

Placer County is Taking Action On Workforce Housing


Placer County is working to solve the housing crisis, but it can’t do it alone

The Town of Truckee Should Take the Lead on Donner Lake

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.

Speaking Up to Protect Squaw Valley: What Would Muir Do?


Gaffney consults the godfather of conservation when considering the Squaw village expansion project

Truckee’s Combination Bank Shot

The level of cooperation from multiple agencies and nonprofit organizations planning new features to the Truckee River Regional Park — an ice pavilion, a new home for the KidZone museum, a library, an expansion for the skate park — is unprecedented. Regional Park has multiple land owners as well; all of this lines up the “combination bank shot” of approvals and permits that need to work together to make this multi-faceted dream a reality.

North Lake Tahoe’s TBID Offers Multiple Solutions for Some of Our Biggest Problems

The North Shore’s proposed Tourism Business Improvement District has a fan in longtime Tahoe City-ite Jeff “Ox” Oxandaboure, who argues in his My Shot that by putting TOT money under the control of the NLTRA, rather than Placer County, the North Shore will have more local control.