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!

Collective Giving Creates a Bigger Impact


Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation CEO Stacy Caldwell shares how giving a little during the holidays can make a big difference.

Free Press Must Endure; COVID-19, Meet Apollo 13

Alice Mansell, part-time Palo-Altan and part-time Donner Summit-er, appreciates the new role Moonshine is stepping into, and urges the community to emulate the team that saved the Apollo 13 NASA mission during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pack Patience

A My Shot author experienced a scary traffic accident that could’ve been much worse, inspiring this piece examining traffic solutions long-term as well as the importance of simply “packing your patience.”

Hey, Lake Tahoe! How Do You Like Our Carbon Now?

A western Nevada County resident urges Truckee/Tahoe folks to push for city-integrated open space and bike paths on the non-Tahoe sides. That way, she argues, there’s less carbon coming to Tahoe.

The Quandary of Branding Truckee


Truckee resident Michelle Gartner hopes that the town can sustain the branding it is currently trying to accomplsh of the town.

Sale of Protected Lands Marks Sharp Change for California Tahoe Conservancy



Conservancy land sales should be scrutinized

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.

Pet Network Provides for Our Furry Friends

In her My Shot, Incline Village-based Pet Network’s director of development explains why the group’s interconnected programming is so important for the region.

How Pickleball Helped Diane and Jim Fisher Beat COVID-19

Incline Village retirees Jim and Diane Fisher could be seen pre-COVID day in and day out on the pickleball court, which they attribute to their own ability to beat off the disease.

Collaboration Is Key

Phebe Bell, director of Nevada County Behavioral Health, feels strongly that the health of the community will be improved by the pending consolidation of four prominent local social services nonprofit groups.