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!

TRPA No Longer Serves the Environment or “Us”

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In her April My Shot, Kristina Hill urges locals to pay attention to TRPA Governing Board actions. She maintains that TRPA no longer works for the environment or the individual homeowner, but rather is too focused on big developers and money.

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.

Traffic’s Imperfect Storm

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Truckee-based photographer Court Leve witnessed ski traffic congestion from a crows-eye view recently when he captured video and photos of the long lines with his drone. Then he attended meetings to find solutions. Here are his thoughts in this month’s My Shot.

Truckee Post Office Needs Your Help

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This My Shot opinion writer worked at the Truckee post office for a few weeks. She shares the chaos she saw and urges action.

Join the Fight to Protect our Community

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In this February My Shot, TCPUD general manager Sean Barclay outlines why it’s important for ratepayers to invest in water distribution infrastructure.

Homewood’s Bait and Switch

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Kathleen Annice argues that visitors and locals should make sure Homewood Mountain Resorts gets more public review for its current changes, including its stated hope to turn the area into a luxury lifestyle club.

This is a Tough Time for Animal Welfare

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Now is the time to adopt an animal, says Stephanie Nistler, Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe CEO.

Liberty Utilities Doesn’t Own the Sun

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In this January My Shot, Peter Tucker takes issue with Liberty Utilities’ solar program, contending it must be easier and more cost effective for consumers.

Tahoe Basin Area Plan Amendments Are Essential

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In this January My Shot, Steve Teshara explains why Placer County’s Tahoe Basin Area Plan Amendments are essential.

Airport Noise, Runways, and Community

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In this January My Shot, Rick Stephens agrees airport noise is a problem for nearby homeowners, and says lavatory spending is not outrageous.