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The Opinion pages are your place to spout off. This section contains Readers Reflect letters, My Shot opinion pieces, the occasional Face Off written debate, obituaries, and Mike English’s award-winning Shine On comics. You can also find community perspectives in our Think Local section, our monthly staff editorial, and Do Tell, which is a question we ask five community members each issue.

The word count for My Shots is 600, and as of Jan. 25, 2021, longer editorials are approved on a case-by-case basis. Letters can be reactions to our coverage or a local topic or issue you want to bring up and should be 300 words or less. Submit your opinions to editors@moonshineink.com.

Ask Not What the Economy Can Do for You

In the many stories of our economic issue, all roads lead back to the housing crisis. We as a community have the power, and indeed the responsibility, for the direction we go from here.
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Obesity, Feeling Thankful, and Funky Times

Regarding teen obesity Outdoors to Fight Obesity I have become concerned about the obesity crisis in teens. Today, teens are not getting enough exercise. Instead of being outside playing community baseball or basketball, or in...

What “tip of the hat” or “thumb of the nose” would you give to...

Community members “tip their hats” or “thumb their noses” at local public agencies, whether for taking a chance on them as an employer or, in their eyes, mismanaging budgets.


Pfft! Covid blows out another tradition.

Heat Your Home with a Heat Pump

Local resident Jeb Mirczak recommends a heat pump for home central heating rather than propane or other options. He shares his energy and financial savings since switching in his My Shot.


Larger-than-Life Larry over here careens down mountains but won’t get a vaccine.

Will Our Demand for Water Lead to a Loss of Wetlands?

With Truckee’s full-time resident population projected to increase by 65% from where it is now once build-out of its current general plan is reached, this My Shot addresses how the increased water demand could threaten a vital resource: wetlands.

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.

A Lose-Lose-Lose Proposition

While the Fletchers appreciated their ADU story being featured in Moonshine’s recent coverage of the new STR legislation, they felt parts of their story were left out. Their My Shot fills in the gaps.

Hello from the Other Side

While complaints about tourists are par for the course in an area that’s built on tourism, it’s scary to imagine what Tahoe/Truckee would be like should the flow of visitors run dry.