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!

Work Together for a Scaled-Down Squaw Project

BY ROGER KAHN  |  Tahoe City I have lived at North Tahoe for over 50 years. My business career was in the retail service industry. Over the course of the years my family has acquired...

Sprawl Harms Us All!


Mountain Area Preservation is fighting the approval of the Martis Valley West Project because of its contributions to sprawl and traffic.

Use Extra TOT Funds to Take Care of Litter

FaceOff: Resident Court Leve says more should be spent on trash generated by tourism taxes.

Where Has Our Town Gone?


Local community losing jobs to out-of-towners

Major Tax Dilemma for Locals

One North Shore resident says the proposed TBID is taxation without representation in this My Shot.

A Preemptive Campaign for Tahoe City’s Next Great Music Venue


A golden era will soon come to an end when Moe’s relocates. Our community must not settle for cultural mediocrity; we must actively support a new place to shake our tail-feathers.

The Chinese Question

Racism toward Chinese people runs deep in Truckee’s history, which is a direct through-line to today’s ramp-up in anti-Asian sentiment and hate crimes. This My Shot addresses how we have to be vigilant against this continued threat.

Ghost Bike: Quietly Remembering Larry Sage


A somber memorial symbolizes a life lost while on a bicycle

Tahoe is Broken

The author of this My Shot is part of the new coalition Take Back Tahoe which aims to restrict the number and location of STRs on the North Shore; here’s her outline of the extent of the problem and solutions she sees that could start to solve it.

The Aquatics Conundrum


Tahoe Donner Recreation & Park District Board vice chair Kevin Murphy discusses why a warm water pool for Truckee is important.