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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.

Why We’re Here


Out here in the mountains of Tahoe we’re all on the same team, but is the community glue is starting to wear thin?

It Takes the Head and the Heart

In the madness of today’s world, there is a critical shift needed for our society to find answers. We must embrace a tool that for so long we’ve been told cannot be trusted.

A Free Market for Ideas

This My Shot from a contact of Moonshine’s in the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors argues that social media shouldn’t be regulated to allow for a truly free marketplace of ideas.

‘Dementia Discharge’ — Where’s the Compassion?

Following our recent article Dementia Discharge, editor Juliana Demarest wants to reassure readers that while there is seemingly a lack of compassion at the top administrative level, it abounds among the extended care employees.

Rep. Tom McClintock’s Dubious ‘Plan’ to Address Climate Change

In his opinion piece in the March edition of Moonshine Ink, Rep. McClintock uses irrelevant snippets of science to justify inaction on climate change. He avoids the relevant science, which invariably highlights the urgency of taking action.

Yes on R – Trails for Truckee


Truckee Trails Foundation Executive Director Allison Pedley urges for a yes vote on Measure R.

Housing … It Ain’t Easy Trying to Live La Vida Local


Housing history repeats itself.

We Make It to Another Shoulder Season


The season to end all other seasons.

In the Beginning …

Natural disasters are life-altering and land-altering — and in the case of the Tahoe Basin, the reason behind its existence. Reporter Alex Hoeft shares the bright side of such geographic events.

When the Wick Runs Out

On Tahoe City streets, we asked: What has you feeling burnt out?