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!

Van Dwellers – Don’t get Banned!

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My Shot author Joe Fasbinder, who lives in his van on Mt. Rose, sounds off on van dwelling. He says, “Be courteous and steadfast and true. Be kind. Stay in your goddam lane. Observe all traffic laws and conventions. Smile. Brush often …”

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.

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

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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.

Shots Fired on the River

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A Hirschdale resident was fishing on the Truckee in the same spot he always has … when he heard a shotgun. Here’s his My Shot about public access to public land and the controversy over a new landowner who won’t budge.

Truckee 2040 Falls Short on Environmental/Community Benefits

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In December’s My Shot, Mountain Area Preservation’s advocacy director, Sophia Heidrich, argues the Truckee General Plan Update, called Truckee 2040, doesn’t go far enough on protections for climate change, scenic corridors, marginalized community, and workforce housing. Heidrich urges readers to stay involved.

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.

Speak With Care

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Language matters. This My Shot reflects on a popular former opinion piece which discussed new residents avoiding being an “invasive species,” and why, historically and looking toward a brighter future, we need to avoid such characterization.

Is Lake Tahoe a National Treasure or a County Treasure?

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Should Lake Tahoe be managed as a national treasure or a source of treasure for Washoe County? My Shot writer Ann Nichols weighs in.

Let My People Go to School

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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.

The Setbacks and Celebrations of Dancing With Our Sierra Stars

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