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!

Stay At Home (Please)

In his My Shot, Court Leve explains why during this health pandemic is not the time to be seeking a nice cabin-in-the-woods STR rental. “Stay at home” means primary residences.

Say No to Canyon Springs


Town of Truckee needs to manage growth and prevent sprawl

An Understated Tribute to Squaw


Squaw Valley resident Dave Brew urges to keep the environemtal beauty of the valley intact.

Enhancing Emergency Response in Eastern Placer County: A Game-Changing Approach

Placer County is restructuring its emergency management model in its North Tahoe reaches, including the addition of dedicated staff. In this My Shot, assistant director of the Placer County Office of Emergency Services, Dave Atkinson, explains.

Conservancy Comes Clean



Conservancy has no plans to sell or leave unprotected environmentally sensitive parcels in Tahoe

Steve Randall’s 37 Years at TDRPD Made all the Difference

In his December My Shot, writer Pete Kristian lauds Steve Randall for his 37 years as general manager of the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District. Randall will retire this winter.

Squaw’s Development Plans Are Good for the Valley


Community members writes about a local, timely topic.

Why VRBO and Airbnb Must Pay Transient Occupancy Tax


Collecting more revenues and implementing common sense rules and regulations in the realm of vacation rentals is imperative for our community.

The Future of California’s Fish — and People — is Being Set Today

In a conservation-focused My Shot, a fish enthusiast and activist makes a plea for funding and effort into conserving California’s biodiverse and vital (for waterways and people) fish species, before it’s too late.

Who Owns and Protects the Environment?


Squaw Vallewy resident contends that everyone owns our environment, and asks for better protection of it.